I am a PhD student with Colleen Webb. I am generally interested in the effect of climate change on community structure in grasslands. I am currently using long-term environmental and species composition data from the Konza LTER to develop a model to predict the response of the tall-grass plant community to climate change based on the functional traits of the constituent species. I hope to understand how these changes impact productivity, and whether or not the level of biodiversity of the community affects these compositional changes. In my free time I enjoy hiking with my wife and three little girls, playing guitar, and a hopeless devotion to the Oakland Raiders.