RBest_intertidal_smallI am interested in the ecological and evolutionary processes that determine the number and type of species we find coexisting in a particular community, and control the way those communities function.

I have worked on these questions from a deep-time community phylogenetics perspective in coastal marine invertebrates, and from a rapid evolution perspective in freshwater foodwebs, making use of experimental evolution and genomics tools in the threespine stickleback system.

Before wading into aquatic ecology, I worked on ecological and evolutionary mechanisms behind simultaneous plant and grazer invasions in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia.

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