Climate Change, Behavior, and Physiology
When we talk about the impacts of climate change on animals, we're mostly discussing its indirect impacts: how more wildfires are going to impact habitat, which then impacts animals, for example. But warmer temperatures from climate change will affect animals as well, when temperatures outside their thermal tolerances cause animals to alter their behavior. I study this issue in bats and moose.
Conservation Biology and Global Change
The world is changing faster than ever before. Atmospheric composition, biological communities, climate, disturbance regimes, biogeochemical cycles, the distribution of people on earth and how we use it—all are transforming ever more rapidly, and changes to any one of these often perturb other parts of the system. These overarching issues drive my interest in ecology and shape my approach to research, so I spend a lot of my time trying to answer pressing conservation problems.