University of Nevada, Reno


Leger Lab

I am interested in the population biology of plants.  I work on local adaptation and rapid evolution of native and invasive plants, and am interested in how genetic variation (below the species level) affects the distribution and abundance of species.  I also work on the rapid evolution of adaptive traits, and am currently interested in how native species can respond to environmental perturbations such as species invasion and climate change.

In addition to my work on plant population biology, I do projects that gather basic ecological data about rare species and natural communities, providing information that is necessary to make appropriate management and restoration decisions.