Current Research and Interests:
The "Modern Protected Area"
In a continuously developing world, most plants and animals are threatened primarily by habitat loss. To combat this loss of habitat, conservationists turn to protected areas. These natural areas are set aside, typically with the goal of protecting biodiversity. However, these protected areas do not exist in a vacuum. Although the protected area may be set aside, development continues around it. The goal of my research is to investigate how the surrounding landscape impacts the species inside a protected area. I am especially interested in seeing how smaller protected areas function over throughout different landscapes and over time.
And then there was light!
We know that light pollution impacts species from birds to insects but quantifying this impact can be difficult. I am currently investigating how arthropod communities that have never been exposed to light pollution react when a novel source of light is installed. This study will give insight into how communities respond with respect to novel light sources as well how long it takes for a community to adjust to light pollution.