Research Interests (300 words)
Maintaining biodiversity, or the number of species present in a given place, is important to safeguard essential ecosystem functions and for production of goods and services valuable to humans. How species that share a limited number of resources are able to live in the same place at the same time is a fundamental scientific question. Because these species share common resources, their ability to coexist is particularly sensitive to environmental conditions, and any change in their interactions with each other could result in extinction. Specifically, warming temperatures are causing plants to begin blooming earlier in the season for some species, while others are actually blooming later than in the historical past. If all of the species in the community respond differently to the same environmental cue, certain plants might now flower at the same time and thus compete for the same pollinators. My research examines the relationship between timing of life cycle events and the ability of two plant species to coexist.