Tyler is a 2nd year graduate student whose interests are motivated by applying the theoretical predictions of ecology and evolution to the practice of ecological restoration. His primary research explores the effects of both species-level and genetic diversity on stability in communities and population dynamics in a restoration context. Two common goals in restoration are increases in biodiversity, and the conservation of viable populations of individual species of conservation concern. Theoretical, experimental, and observational studies all suggest that increases in species diversity generally result in increased community stability and improved ecosystem function (e.g., increased NPP)but decreased stability of individual populations. Tyler uses a combined experimental (field and greenhouse) and observational (in established restorations and remnant communities) approach to investigate the consequences of changes in diversity at multiple scales.
Tyler is also a skilled botanist and maintains a healthy interest in floristics and monitoring both rare and common plant populations. A believer in the utility of herbaria for tracking floristic trends (e.g., spread of invasive plant species, response of plants to climate change), he is an avid plant collector.