I have been on the faculty at UC Berkeley since 2005. I started my academic career as a volunteer on the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project in the Central Amazon, and then did my PhD research on the ecophysiology of tropical pioneer trees, working in Mexico. As a post-doc, I combined molecular phylogenetics with comparative studies of canopy architecture in maples (Acer), working in Japan and the northeastern US. As a faculty member, my lab has tackled a variety of topics in plant ecology and evolution, including trait-based studies of plant strategies, integration of phylogenetics and community ecology, and comparative studies of trait evolution.
In the last decade I have shifted my focus to the study of climate change impacts on biodiversity, focusing on the native flora of California, and implications for future challenges in conservation and land management. I co-direct the Terrestrial Biodiversity and Climate Change Collaborative (tbc3.org), a partnership with the Dwight Center for Conservation Science at Pepperwood Preserve, focused on climate change and resource management in central California.
I am a faculty member in the Departments of Integrative Biology (IB) and Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM). As of 2018, I have stepped into my role as the Dean of the Rausser College of Natural Resources.
See my [Google Scholar] page for my publications.
I enjoy hiking and photography. A few of my favorite pictures are in the link below: