Research in our lab is focused on freshwater community and ecosystem ecology. We have active research programs in both tropical and temperate regions of the world, with a primary focus in Mesoamerica and the southeastern United States. Much of our work is dedicated to understanding how anthropogenic activities alter community structure and ecosystem processes (e.g., productivity, decomposition, and biogeochemical cycling) in freshwater ecosystems. Much of our research has focused on the impacts of consumers on basal food resources, community structure, and nutrient dynamics in streams and wetlands.
We attempt to view our work through a social-ecological lens, acknowledging the powerful impacts that public policy and economic considerations can have on the quality and quantity of freshwater resources, the abundance and diversity of aquatic organisms, and the function of freshwater ecosystems. In an attempt to translate scientific knowledge to actionable outcomes, we actively work with community groups and local, state, and federal employees to develop programs that integrate stakeholder concerns into our research planning. Integrating a diverse set of perspectives into our work is important to develop a more comprehensive understanding of freshwater science.
Our research has been funded through local collaborations, the state government, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, National Geographic, the PADI Foundation, and the Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays Programs. We design our research programs to fill fundamental gaps in our understanding of ecological processes, while simultaneously addressing pressing environmental problems. We are excited to build and support a community of ecologists from diverse backgrounds that bring new and exciting perspectives to our team. We have listed the predominant themes we study below and are happy to consider anyone with interest in these themes to join our team.