About me:

I am a quantitative community ecologist studying how biogeographic variation, temporal dynamics, and genetic diversity influence interactions between plants and insects. As a PhD student in the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University, I employ meta-analysis methods, field experiments, and statistical methods development to understand how diversity across temporal scales affect ecology.


In the past, I researched Hispaniolan frog and toad phylogenetics and urban ecosystem serices in the Philadelphia region. Presently, I study plant-herbivore temporal dynamics in the model tall goldenrod (Solidago altissima) system in southwestern Michigan. In 2021, I will study tropical plant-herbivore interactions in urban landscapes and rupestrian grasslands as a Fulbright researcher with Dr. Tatiana Cornelissen’s lab at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.


We need open data and transparent analyses to advance science. However, science cannot progress in a bubble, and “open” science must include stakeholders not historically included in the scientific process. For that reason, I develop tools for field biologists to communicate their research with public audiences by leveraging the quantitative skills used for data analysis and publication. These tools, called c4bi (Coding for broader impact), are created in collaboration with the Integrative Ecology Lab at Temple University. Please reach out if you would like to collaborate on future efforts to spread the joys of data visualization and analysis beyond traditional scientific publications.


Want to know more about what I’ve done in the past? Check out my CV!




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Contact: turne400 (at) msu.edu