From Molecules to Populations
Although my research is taxonomically broad and highly interdisciplinary, spanning from molecular biology to population ecology. I focus primarily on systems characterized by high seasonal or inter-annual variability in resource pulses. My goal is to advance our understanding of the mechanisms that underlie inter- and intra-specific variation in daily and seasonal timing and to explore the ecological and evolutionary drivers of this variation. I'm also interested in delineating the linkages between nutritional state, physiological stress, and population processes in vertebrates. To address these questions, I complement studies of free-living populations with lab- and field-based experiments and use a variety of tools including metabolic tracer techniques, molecular assays, gene-expression studies, and biologging.