Humans are causing unprecedented changes to biodiversity through drivers such as habitat modification, introductions of invasive alien species, and climate change. Understanding and predicting ecological responses to these global change drivers can be extremely difficult due to interactions among drivers of change and interactions among species and the ecosystem functions they carry out.
Ecological restoration is vital for repairing human impacts on ecosystems, but this can be similarly challenging when considering the trophic complexity of natural systems.
In the EcoDiv lab, we are investigating how a range of global change drivers alter multitrophic species assemblages and the multiple functions and services they provide. We also study how ecological restoration repairs and reinstates biodiversity and ecosystem functioning across terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.