Humans are transforming faunal communities at scales both global and local through biodiversity loss and species invasion. We are increasingly aware that these faunal changes are not merely a conspicuous consequence of human impacts on the planet, but are also primary drivers of global change in their own right.

Faunal loss or addition can have cascading effects on global scale patterns of nutrient movement, continental climate regimes, energy flow both within and across ecosystems, and human health and well-being. Much of the research in our lab is thus dedicated to understanding the extent to which changing environmental context affects stability of ecosystems and their functions following biodiversity loss.

Areas of Research