- Lecturer in Environmental Change Biology - The University of Edinburgh, School of Biological Sciences
My research is at the interface of community ecology, macroecology and invasion science. In the Anthropocene, climate change, land-use change and human-mediated transportation of alien species are impacting ecological communities, and we are observing increasing biotic homogenisation, with impacts not only on ecosystems but also on the services they provide, and therefore human livelihood.
It is therefore crucial to monitor, describe, and understand the causes and consequences of this global phenomenon. In particular, biological invasions are not independent from the processes structuring the receiving communities and, being a major cause of species extinction, may play a role in biotic homogenisation. Biological invasions can therefore be considered as a bio-assay, i.e. a natural experiment for acquiring insights on community assembly processes, especially under land-use and climate change.
Reciprocally, combining community ecology and invasion science can help us manage alien species by better understanding the processes driving biological invasions. To obtain in-depth understanding of how processes generate community and invasion patterns, I use a combination of modelling approaches.