Studies the ecology (dispersal and establishment) and management of weedy and invasive plants. The group conducts research and develops policy on sustainable approaches to invasive plant
management in forested and agroecosystems.
Ecology and pest management of arthropods affecting vineyards; design and development of computer-based systems that capture, formalize, and represent qualitative and quantitative knowledge associated with managed and natural systems.
Landscape and ecosystem ecology. Disturbance ecology & disturbance synergies. Ecosystem simulation models. Climate change and ecosystem carbon storage. Fire and soil nitrogen. Microbial community composition and function. Spatial statistics.
Chemosynthetic communities at cold seeps (>1000 m) and deep coral sites (300-700m) in the Gulf of Mexico. Marine community ecology, especially how communities change over time and the environmental factors that affect this change.
Behavioral & population ecology, bioacoustics and conservation
biology; effects of novel sounds on the behavior and fitness of
acoustically-dependent species, with case studies on baleen whales and
The use of geospatial technologies including GPS, GIS and 3d visualization to analyze large scale landscape patterns. Historic development patterns within a regulatory context and subsequent assessment of ecological impacts over time.