My research characterizes population and community responses of arthropods to climate change. I use empirical and modeling work to 1) measure the impacts of changing temperatures and hydrology on the phenology, abundance, and diversity of arthropods and 2) predict the consequences of these impacts to coupled human-natural ecosystems. Much of my work is at the interface of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. For example, I study how rapid warming in the Arctic influences Arctic mosquitoes and their role as pests of caribou. I use a combination of observations, experiments, and models to tackle ecological questions relevant to coupled human-natural systems. Please see my publications for an idea of the various projects I have completed.
RESEARCH IN THE NEWS
Why the Arctic Needs Mosquitoes (New York Times 8/8/18)
VIDEO: Arctic's Epic Mosquito Swarms May Get Worse with Climate Change (Voice of America 8/16/17)
Greenland's mosquitoes are getting worse (Alaska Dispatch News 8/5/15)
Greenland Mosquitoes Are on the Attack as Climate Warms (Discovery News 8/4/15)
Why Giant Mosquitoes Are Suddenly Swarming Greenland (Vice Motherboard 8/3/15)
Hungry Arctic mosquitoes are coming for you, Rudolph (Grist 8/3/15)