The overall goal of my research program is to inform responsible stewardship of natural resources. I am intrigued by the causes of broad, general patterns in food web dynamics and ecosystem processes, and in ways to assure ecological and societal sustainability in the face of increasing human influences on ecosystems.

I study mechanisms that link primary production, decomposition, and food web dynamics because I believe this gives the most complete understanding of the functional integrity of ecosystems.

I have worked in many systems, and I seek collaborations that allow me to pursue rigorous tests of basic scientific principles that will lead to actionable recommendations in applied settings.

My current research is focused on three themes: