My research is motivated by a desire to understand feedback mechanisms in the coupled abiotic and biotic environment. Although, I am a classically trained ecologist I have always paired the biological and physical sciences, in particular, coupling ecological and geomorphic processes to better understand ecosystem transformation. My research program explores how abiotic processes structure ecosystems, how organisms alter the abiotic process, and how the linked systems alter landscape trajectories – from immediate to geological timescales.
I specialize in river-floodplain systems. Because of their dynamic behavior over relatively short time periods and tight coupling of biota and physical processes, these systems are highly tractable to study bio-physical interactions. In addition, they are vital to human well-being and livelihoods worldwide as they include a vital set of ecosystem services (aka. natural capital). My current research program has exploited these areas and these issues to study both applied and basic pursuits.