I am an ecologist working at the level of species communities and ecosystems. I am primarily interested in the complexity of ecological systems that arises from the richness of species making them up. My group investigates links between the number of species and the stability of community properties ? the links crucial to understanding of the functional value of biodiversity as well as indirect and latent threats to it. Specifically, we combine insights from different systems: we use natural model systems such as arrays of miniature aquatic ecosystems as well as we design and test artificial systems. The artificial systems have an extra benefit of being potentially useful in greening of urban living (from supplementing food to enhancing education). Our work blends theoretical and experimental approaches.
Ecology & Evolution