Department of Biology
The University of Mississippi
Office: 412 Shoemaker
Phone: (662) 915-1077
B.A., Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas, 1986.
M.S., Louisiana State University, 1989
Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1994
Fire Ecology, Biodiversity, Historical/Restoration Ecology, Barrier Islands, Salt Marshes, Invasive Species
My research focuses on the effects of disturbances and resources on the structure and dynamics of plant populations and communities. I use responses of plants to "measure" the impacts of disturbances and resource additions and their relevance to the conservation and restoration of threatened or degraded plant communities in the southeastern coastal plain of the United States. Of particular interest to me is the ecological role of fire. Some of my current and past research includes:
1) the effects of fire and competition on the maintenance of plant species diversity in pitcher plant bogs,
2) the community-level consequences of morphological plasticity in common and endangered plants),
3) the effect of fire suppression in the 20th century on the structure of coastal plain forest and savanna communities,
4) salt marsh ecology, and
5) invasive species.