My research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of patterns of biological diversity across the planet. I am particularly interested in two broad questions: 1)How does the modification of the environment by organisms affect community structure and ecosystem function? and 2) what aspects of biodiversity matter most in the regulation of ecosystem function? While much of my research has focused on wetland plant communities, I am willing to study any organism and work in any ecosystem to answer the questions that interest me. I have worked in systems ranging from tropical streams to desert shrublands. My research program combines observational and experimental approaches with modeling to develop and test hypotheses and build towards synthetic ecological theory.
In The News
Mitchell, RM, Wright, JP, and Ames, GM. "Species' traits do not converge on optimum values in preferred habitats." Oecologia 186, no. 3 (March 2018): 719-729.
Reese, AT, Lulow, K, David, LA, and Wright, JP. "Plant community and soil conditions individually affect soil microbial community assembly in experimental mesocosms." Ecology and Evolution 8, no. 2 (January 2018): 1196-1205.
Lind, EM, La Pierre, KJ, Seabloom, EW, Alberti, J, Iribarne, O, Firn, J, Gruner, DS, Kay, AD, Pascal, J, Wright, JP, Yang, L, and Borer, ET. "Increased grassland arthropod production with mammalian herbivory and eutrophication: a test of mediation pathways." Ecology 98, no. 12 (December 2017): 3022-3033.
Strayer, DL, D'Antonio, CM, Essl, F, Fowler, MS, Geist, J, Hilt, S, Jarić, I, Jöhnk, K, Jones, CG, Lambin, X, Latzka, AW, Pergl, J, Pyšek, P, Robertson, P, von Schmalensee, M, Stefansson, RA, Wright, J, and Jeschke, JM. "Boom-bust dynamics in biological invasions: towards an improved application of the concept." Ecology letters 20, no. 10 (October 2017): 1337-1350. (Review)
Ames, GM, Wall, WA, Hohmann, MG, and Wright, JP. "Trait space of rare plants in a fire-dependent ecosystem." Conservation biology : the journal of the Society for Conservation Biology 31, no. 4 (August 2017): 903-911.
Community Coalescence: Disentangling Assembly Processes using Aquatic Microbial Communities awarded by National Science Foundation
DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Scaling Plant Physiology to Ecosystem Ecology: Assessing the Role of the Plant Community in Preventing Nitrogen Losses Following Fire awarded by National Science Foundation
Collaborative Research: Salinization of the inland coastal plain through saltwater intrusion: landscapes in transition awarded by National Science Foundation
DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Synthesizing the Mass-Ratio and Novel-Traits Hypotheses to Explain Variability in the Impact of awarded by National Science Foundation
BIOLOGY 361LS: Field Ecology (BIOLOGY 361LS: Field Ecology)
BIOLOGY 792: Research (BIOLOGY 792: Research)
ENVIRON 575L: Biodiversity Science and Application (ENVIRON 575L: Biodiversity Science and Application)
BIOLOGY 493: Research Independent Study (BIOLOGY 493: Research Independent Study)
ENVIRON 361LS: Field Ecology (ENVIRON 361LS: Field Ecology)
area(s) of expertiseBiodiversity Conservation Global Change Ecology Land Use Wetland Ecology Advisor: UPE Doctoral Program
Durham, NC 27708-0338
258 Biological Sciences
Durham, NC 27708
Ph.D., Cornell University (2002)
B.A., Williams College (1996)