I use an evolutionary approach to understand behaviors that have important effects on population/community patterns. Often, I focus on bridging inter-related fields that are moving in parallel with surprisingly little across-field integration. Building bridges between fields is an exciting way to generate important insights that have the potential to shape new integrative areas of study. All of my projects aim to yield insights for basic science. Several also have explicit implications for applied ecology. To address these goals, I use conceptually-based literature reviews to identify general patterns and issues that are important and yet understudied, and then address these issues using both new theory and empirical work. I summarize several of the ongoing major projects in my lab in the “Research” pages.