I am a community and ecosystem ecologist broadly interested in connecting patterns in nature with the ecological processes and physiological mechanisms that form them. Thus, my research spans in scale from the organismal level to the ecosystem level. I use laboratory, greenhouse, and common garden field experiments to address questions that arise from field patterns and experience. I have a strong community ecology component where my interests focus on plant interactions, aboveground and belowground interactions, and the influence of these interactions on shaping ecological communities. Much of my work has been located in grasslands and often highlights the role that mosses play in shaping these systems.