Our Team

Elizabeth M Wolkovich


I am interested in how communities assemble and dis-assemble with global change. I draw on theory from temporal community ecology with perspectives from population and ecosystem ecology, evolutionary biology, and climatology. Though I tend to address fundamental questions with hypotheses informed by theory and models my research generally has strong applied angles. In particular much of my work to date has examined the causes and consequences of plant invasions and the effects of climate change on the temporal assembly of plant communities.

Geoffrey Legault


Geoff is a theoretical ecologist interested in a variety of topics in population biology, community ecology, and physiology. During his Ph.D. (University of Colorado at Boulder) he studied the impacts of stochasticity on coexistence and spatio-temporal range dynamics. He then worked with Joel Kingsolver (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) developing mechanistic models of insect growth and development. You can read more about his research here.

Faith Jones


I am an ecologist fascinated questions around community structure, assembly and change across systems and scales. I find questions with practical application particularly interesting. During my PhD at the University of St Andrews I mainly studied global patterns of biodiversity change using the BioTIME database of assemblage timeseries. In addition, I assessed the potential usefulness of museum acquisitions for setting baseline data to monitor change in Trinidad and Tobago freshwater fish data. See my website https://faithamjones.weebly.com/ for more details.

Mira Garner


I am a master’s student interested in understanding how climate change is shaping plant communities and developing strategies for conservation and restoration. My master’s research seeks to understand how climate change is affecting wine grape phenology and consequently altering the suitability of specific varieties to their current growth regions. Prior to graduate school, I worked at the Morton Arboretum on projects that studied: the population genetics of bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa) and big red sage (Salvia pentstemonoides), and the effect of phylogenetic diversity on prairie restorations.

Adam Fong


I am an undergraduate student studying Environmental Science at the University of British Columbia. As a student research assistant, I am interested in phenological data collection and data visualization through graphics. From this opportunity, I seek to understand the logistics involved with research and how findings are effectively communicated to peers and the public.

Phoebe Autio


I am an undergraduate assistant working on a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and a Master of Management as part of a dual degree program at the University of British Columbia. I am personally interested in sustainable community development and working to mitigate the effects that climate change will have on communities around that world. I have joined the Temporal Ecology Lab with the goal to develop a better understanding of the research process and to build a foundation in a science field.