Dissertation research at the University of Michigan: Range expansion dynamics of plants
My dissertation focused on the range expansion of plants in response to climate change. I assessed the potential for biotic interactions to either facilitate plant range expansion (via natural enemy release during establishment) or to prevent establishment in sites beyond their range (biotic resistance). To do so, I conducted field experiments, observational studies, and meta-analyses. Click here to see publications from this research. This research was supported in part by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and Dissertation Improvement Grant and advised by Inés Ibáñez at the School for Environment and Sustainability.