I am interested in one of ecology's fundamental questions: What are the patterns of biodiversity? As well as in one of today's most pressing questions: How will biodiversity respond to a changing environment? Most of my work has focused specifically on tropical forest canopies where I use multiple ecological approaches to better understand the factors that control species richness and distribution. I have conducted studies on microclimate, large scale regional and local floristic inventories, and species, community, ecosystem, and phylogenetic-level processes. I am also working in the temperate zone where I study the effects of liming on plant productivity and soil processes. Recently, I began working in Ethiopia in forest patches examining the effects of fragmentation on biodiversity, plant productivity, and soil processes. See my personal website for more information Click to hear about my research
Grant, Fellowship & Awards
2010-2012 NSF Research Initiation Grant: Experimental Study of Canopy Nutrient Limitation on Ecosystem Processes and Community Structure. $187,929
May 2010 Extended Study Funded for three week trip to Costa Rica associated with Tropical Ecology, BIO 332. $22,000.00.
March 2010 Picker Interdisciplinary Science Institute Grant: Conservation of Ethiopian Church Forests. $5,307.00 (Blog: www.Canopymeg.com)
2009 Faculty Research Council, $1500 for travel to AAAS in Chicago to participate in a workshop: Career Boosters for Women and Minority Scientists.
2009 Faculty Development Council, $500, for AAAS workshop.
2008-09 NSF Research Starter Grant: Exploring the nutrient dynamics of herbaceous taxa from temperate and tropical regions, $50,000
2006-2008 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, South East Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (SEAGEP-NSF), $50,000
2007 Travel Award, Ecological Society of America (ESA) and Women Evolving Biological Sciences (WEBS), $700
2003-2006 Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, $160,000
2003, 2007 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Mellon Foundation, $48,000
2002 Dissertation Research Fellowship, University of Connecticut, $3,000
2001 Multicultural Fellowship, University of Connecticut, $7,500
2000 Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation, $5,000
2000 Research Grant, Organization for Tropical Studies, $3000
1998 Multicultural Summer Fellowship, University of Connecticut $3000
1998-2001 Graduate Student Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, $55,000
1998 National Science Foundation Minority Graduate Student Research Fellowship (Awarded)
1997-1998 Multicultural Fellowship, University of Connecticut, $15,000