Our lab studies the organization and emergent properties of complex adaptive systems at multiple scales, from single cells to entire ecosystems. We aim to 

  • identify and compare general principles that underlie emergent biological organization across spatial and temporal scales;
  • explore the interactions and feedbacks between organizing processes that coexist at multiple scales; and
  • explore the consequences of such organizing processes on system-level robustness.

Central to our approach is the development of general theoretical frameworks. Simultaneously, we use empirical data to identify and catalog paterns in nature and, within the general frameworks, we develop models whose predictions we attempt to empirically test using eco-evolutionary experiments, molecular and genomic analyses, and field manipulations.