I am an ecosystem ecologist with research interests spanning from plant ecophysiology to macrosystems science. My goal is to contribute to the understanding of the functioning of ecosystems testing hypotheses using a variety of methods ranging from field manipulative experimentation to synthesis of existing long-term data and simulation modeling. Using these complementary approaches, I tackle questions and hypotheses from different angles resulting in strong and compelling conclusions. Specifically, I am interested in the effects of resource availability variance on ecosystem functioning and biodiversity. Results of my research efforts aid the understanding of species interactions and state changes that in turn explain ecosystem responses to interacting global change drivers.