One of few meadows in the Great Basin Desert
Sahara mustard invasion in the Sonoran Desert
Cheatgrass invasion post-fire
Our recent paper, authored by lab alum Tierney Bocsi, tests whether introduced locations of endemic species in the US suggest the same climatic niche as their native ranges. Turns out they don't, and plants with small ranges in the US appear especially unlikely to be limited by climate.
Spatial ecology uses geographic patterns of species across landscapes and regions to uncover patterns that help us understand what influences distribution. We focus primarily on non-native invasive plants, with a goal of better understanding the biogeography of invasion risk. Our research investigates how global change interacts with species invasion to affect native ecosystems. The above image highlights potential shifts in kudzu distribution with temperature warming. (source)