I am a theoretical ecologist and evolutionary biologist, with a background in fundamental physics.

Currently, I am a post-doc at Michigan State University working with Christopher Klausmeier and Elena Litchman developing a mechanistic trait-based approach to understand what controls species abundances in communities, from rarity to commonness.

During my PhD, I developed trait- and niche-based ecosystem models to investigate how the biotic and abiotic environments determine plant adaptive strategies, such as resource acquisition, defense against herbivores and nitrogen fixation. I studied the consequences of such plant adaptation on ecosystem structure, functioning and development, and how plants contribute to the regulation of biogeochemical cycles.