I have a keen interest in the effects of global change on natural resources and its underlying biodiversity, and how these impacts translate to landscape responses. I look for causal links between fine-scale ecological processes and broad-scale patterns. To do this, I extract ecologically meaningful data from various remote sensing archives, and interpret the observed changes in the context of long-term environmental and socio-economic data. This is a substantial research challenge, and I prefer to work in a team with each team member contributing a vital skill; many of my graduate students are co-supervised by colleagues with complementary expertise.
I find it rewarding to work at the boundary of traditional ecology and conservation with other disciplines: GIS, satellite image processing, resource economics and sustainability science. In my mind, this integration is vital if we are to make a useful contribution to the global change challenge.
In my current position as Director: Global Change Institute, I have other responsibilities besides my own research. I am responsible for delivery and implementation on all grants, and as such I engage with a wide variety of scientists and actors. The GCI has a mandate for research in support of decision-making for a more sustainable future, and we explore various methodologies to fulfil this mandate.