Having grown up in the great lakes region I am motivated to understand the rapid evolution, ecology, and physiology of freshwater organisms. I mainly work in lakes, where populations are often discrete and eco-evolutionary processes occur in parallel in multiple locations within a landscape.
A part of my research in this area has focused on understanding population level-variation in fitness-associated phenotypes. Understanding the mechanisms that drive intraspecific variation, the pace over which it evolves, and it’s effects on populations, communities, and ecosystem functions is crucial to being able to predict and protect freshwater ecosystems.
An extension of my interest in this area is in quantifying the contribution of rapid evolution to ecosystem services in freshwater ecosystems.From local adaptation in salmonids to rapid evolution of Daphnia that leads to remediation of algal blooms there is a wealth of suggestive evidence of the benefits that we derive from rapid evolution. These ‘evosystem services’ present an avenue to manage ecosystems to ensure ecosystem services are maintained for future generations.