We work in the fields of plant ecology and ecoinformatics and aim to understand why habitats become susceptible to invasive non-native plants, how management actions affect their biological components, and try to illuminate their biodiversity and ecological functions.
Much of our work focuses on grasslands. These habitats cover a quarter of the global terrestrial surface but face unprecedented and enormous pressure by farming, non-native species, a disruption of natural disturbance regimes, and climate change. We work in western Canada and the adjacent US states but have also ties to Europe and Central Asia.
We tackle our research questions through a comparative framework across continents and habitats and a diverse toolbox that includes data mining, field observations, and experiments.
Our lab is currently recruiting new members. To find out more about the lab and potential opportunities, please explore our recent Publications, check out our sites on Research and Opportunities, or contact the PI, Viktoria Wagner.