The overall objective of my research is to understand patterns and mechanisms of long-term ecosystem dynamics under changing climatic conditions. I use “the natural experiments of the past” that are archived in geological deposits. These deposits offer a long-term holistic perspective into past environmental conditions, some of which do not exist today but may be analogs of different climatic conditions in the future. In pursuing my research interests, I have integrated traditional ecological techniques (e.g., pollen analysis) and state-of-the-art analytical tools (e.g., geochemical, remote-sensing and genomic techniques). Current research projects in my laboratory apply this integrative approach to the study of environmental dynamics at various spatial and temporal scales.

Awards and Achievements

  • Fulbright Scholar
  • Fellow of AAAS
  • Fellow of the Ecological Society of America