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Dissertation Research Statement

One third of the terrestrial surface of the earth is water limited, and one third of the human population lives on these water-limited landscapes.  Yet, only about 6% of published scientific literature addresses drylands.

My research efforts attempt to close this knowledge gap. The human population that lives in drylands are already experiencing negative impacts from climate change, and we are only expecting those negative effects to amplify in the coming decades. By using field experiments across multiple dryland ecosystems, my team of collaborators are trying to drive at some critical ecological questions:

How will drought and disturbance impact dryland plant communities?

How can we scale our current understanding of plant community dynamics to time periods and spatial extents relevant to land management and policy making?

Ongoing research projects: