I am a community ecologist interested in exploring the interface between theory, quantitative methods, and applications of metacommunity ecology. My research has been mostly concentrated on stream networks, as these systems are effective for testing theory and are relevant to conservation. However, I also incorporate other systems and organisms in my projects, such as food webs in experimental ponds, parasites in fish, tropical forests, mammals in grasslands, and disease in anurans.
I am visiting the Ruhi Lab from the São Paulo State University (Brazil). My research agenda has two objectives: (i) Advance time-series methods that allow understanding how climatic or anthropogenic disturbance mediates the relationship between local and regional dynamics of biodiversity; and (ii) Explore how experimental metacommunities can help us understand the mechanisms behind such dynamics.