"Then maths left the real world behind, just like modern art. Nature was classical, maths was suddenly Picassos. But now nature is having the last laugh. The freaky stuff is turning out to be the mathematics of the natural world."                  -Arcadia by Tom Stoppard

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Amarasekare Lab in the Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA.

My research investigates the mechanisms that promote population persistence and species coexistence in variable environments. I pursue this theme using a combination of fieldwork, laboratory experiments, and mathematical models. I investigate three main projects:

1. Host-parasitoid interactions in Santa Barbara Co., CA
    (For more information visit Plant Bug Central)

2. Assembly and persistence of mutualistic communities


3. Waterbird conservation in the Great Rift Valley, Kenya
 
  • Field site in Santa Barbara, CA
    Field site in Santa Barbara, CA
  • Bordered plant bugs (Largus californicus) feeding on bush lupine (Lupinus arboreus) in lab at UCLA
    Bordered plant bugs (Largus californicus) feeding on bush lupine (Lupinus arboreus) in lab at UCLA
  • In the field at Lake Nakuru, Kenya
    In the field at Lake Nakuru, Kenya
  • Lake Elmentaita on the Soysambu Conservency in Kenya.
    Lake Elmentaita on the Soysambu Conservency in Kenya.
  • Conservation work at Lake Bogoria, Kenya
    Conservation work at Lake Bogoria, Kenya
Field site in Santa Barbara, CA
Field site in Santa Barbara, CA