I am a community ecologist interested in the structure and function of species interactions.
Common garden of domesticated alfalfa (Medicago sativa) cultivars & their wild relatives at Kellogg Biological Station (MSU). Wild plants are from populations across the Middle East.
Domestic cultivar "Narragansett"
A wild alfalfa plant (Medicago sativa ssp. caerulea)
How many herbivores (Colias) can you see?!
A fabulous team of young scientists plant alfalfa germinants
We <3 alfalfa.
Sydney measures herbivory in our common garden of wild and domestic alfalfa plants (Kellogg Biological Station)
Leaf trait blitz!
germinating alfalfa seeds
View of McLaughlin Reserve, CA from a serpentine hilltop
Strauss lab field trip to Table Mountain for wildflowers!
One of my trusty parental field assistants
Mimulus blooming along Lake Berryessa (CA)
Loading up on chaparral caterpillars
One of the first (well, the 36th-ish!) dissertation caterpillars
Field pup Peanut
Off to prototype a wood-frame bird exclosure
PVC bird exclosures + fire = modern art
A single survivor of the Jerusalem Fire (Lake Co.)
Proserpinus lucidus visits Donald (Of the Donald and Sylvia McLaughlin Reserve)
A plant evolutionary biologist tries to catch bugs
Marge hunts for Streptanthus
Marge and Sharon on a lab outing to look for Streptanthus!
Strymon melinus on Chlorogalum
Anza Borrego caterpillaring with Dave Wagner (UCONN)
Among the Ocatillo