Professor, Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843
Office: Wildlife, Fisheries, and Ecosystem Sciences (WFES) Building Room 358; Research Labs: WFES 422 & 507
Office phone: (979) 845-0317
- Kansas State University. Manhattan, KS. Ph.D. (1998) Biology – Ecology Emphasis
- Gustavus Adolphus College. St. Peter, MN. B.A. (1991) Biology & Chemistry
- September 2014-present. Professor, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.
- September 2008-August 2014. Associate Professor, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.
- June 2005-August 2008. Assistant Professor, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management (formerly Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management), Texas A&M University.
- July 2003-May 2005. Faculty Fellow (grant-funded research faculty), Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, Texas.
- July 1999-July 2003. Huxley Research Instructor (non-tenure track research and teaching faculty), Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, Texas.
- January 1999-June 1999. Post-doctoral Research Assistant, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, Texas. Advisor – Dr. Evan Siemann.
- January 1993-December 1998. Graduate Research Assistant, Division of Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas. Ph.D. dissertation on “The Effects of Soil Disturbances in Tallgrass Prairie.” Advisor – Dr. David C. Hartnett.
- September 1991- December 1992. Research Technician, Department of Biology, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN. Advisor – Dr. Timothy W. Sipe.
- Exotic plant invasions and post-introduction evolution
- Conservation of rare and endemic plant species
- Plant-animal interactions
- Population dynamics and community structure of terrestrial ecosystems
- Demographic processes and species diversity in plant communities
- Natural disturbance and vegetation regeneration mechanisms
- Ecological assembly rules
- Autogenic restoration and rehabilitation of damaged ecosystems
- Social-ecological resilience and threshold transitions in managed ecosystems