We advance global understanding of populations and communities in a rapidly changing environment to inform stewardship and train the next generation of scientific leaders.

Our research focuses on the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms driving global biodiversity change across scales of biological organization, from genomes to communities. We integrate ecological theory with big data from global observing networks and temporal genomics to understand the dynamics of ecological systems in a changing world. Terrestrial, marine, and freshwater realms are fundamentally different physical environments, and a central interest of ours is the extent to which global change patterns and processes are similar across realms and the implications for developing a more sustainable society.

We are an anti-racist lab actively working to create an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and supportive community in academia. Our research culture also puts a strong emphasis on transparent, reproducible, and open science.

We acknowledge that the land on which we stand is the ancestral territory of the Lenape People. We pay respect to Indigenous people throughout the Lenape diaspora—past, present, and future—and honor those that have been historically and systemically disenfranchised. We also acknowledge that Rutgers University, like New Jersey and the United States as a nation, was founded upon the exclusions and erasures of Indigenous peoples.

Starting Fall 2023, the Global Change Biology lab will be based at the University of California Santa Cruz, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Come join us there!

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