Postdoctoral Research Associate- Gonzalez-Meler Lab
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Biological invasions are one of the major ecological threats in the Anthropocene. Yet, important knowledge gaps remain in our understanding of patterns and processes of invasion, particularly at large spatiotemporal scales. Highly-debated topics in invasion ecology could benefit from a macroscale and multi-scale perspective. Findings produced by macroscale and multi-scale studies may also be essential, as broad level knowledge is often utilized when localized information about the dynamics of specific invasive species or specific environmental contexts are unavailable. My research program leverages the increasing availability of large datasets in combination with advanced quantitative techniques to investigate ecological patterns and processes of biological invasions. Specifically, I study how various aspects of invasion (e.g., traits of the invader, the recipient system and drivers of invasion) operate and interact at large scales. I approach these issues using a variety of quantitative methods, including machine-learning techniques, multivariate analyses, Bayesian statistics and geospatial methods.
Another facet of my work focuses on the methodologies used to synthesize the exponentially growing body of ecological and evolutionary biology literature. Here, I embrace computational techniques used in other fields and applied them to advance traditional methods of literature synthesis in ecology.
Ph.D. Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University, 2018
B.S. Biology and Biotechnology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2013
B.A. Environmental Studies, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2013