climate change & species distributions
Areas of expertise
I focus on the development of a theoretical underpinning of restoration ecology from basic principles of ecological theory, eg. those provided by ecological networks and biodiversity-ecosystem functioning frameworks. My goal is to develop theoretical models with a network perspective to study the ecology of the restoration process by evaluating differing restoration scenarios and trajectories in terms of resilience and stability, as well as in terms of community structure and function. These models will be useful: (1) to investigate the likelihood that certain ecological properties and functions can be restored; (2) to study how much habitat is needed to be restored to restore some minimum level of community robustness; and (3) to make predictions about what kind of communities are able to restore more rapidly, providing information about the 'routes' or sequences of species addition and/or removal that are more efficient to restore a community in terms of stability and function.