I am interested in the conservation and maintenance of biodiversity in human dominated landscapes. More specifically, I am interested in the patterns, causes and consequences of exotic species invasions. In my masters and doctoral work, I examined the patterns of plant diversity in relation to land use change and urbanization. I continue to examine processes of community assembly and biotic homogenization by exotic species and urbanization at local and regional scales. I also study the long-term change in intact and restored vegetation communities in urban and agricultural landscapes in order to better understand and manage plant community dynamics in human dominated landscapes over time. Finally, I focus on how to restore biodiversity in highly degraded regions such as urban or agricultural landscapes.
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