Professor of Plant evolution and population ecology
"The ecology & evolution of adaptation in a rapidly changing world"
Research: My students and I investigate how species adapt to diverse environmental challenges and also why they often fail to adapt. We work with plants because they are strange and wonderful organisms that allow us to test key hypotheses with large-scale geographic surveys, genomic analysis and controlled experiments in natural habitat.
Teaching: I teach in ecology & evolution, through lectures, field courses and informal workshops. My students and I explore the ecological & genetic mechanisms of evolution and why understanding this matters, from conservation & global change to medicine & agriculture.
Course topics: Evolutionary genetics, plants and human culture, statistics, field courses