I obtained my PhD with the Weecology group at Utah State University in 2014, and am currently a postdoctoral research associate in Brian McGill‘s group in the School of Biology and Ecology and Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine. Trained with statistics, mathematics and ecoinformatics, I work with big data sets and quantitative methods to answer questions in community ecology and macroecoecology. I am most interested in the search of simplicity and parsimony in complex ecological systems, and in particular disentangling ecological processes from statistical mechanisms. Besides my own research, I also enjoy applying my skills to help other ecologists pursue their questions.