Spatial and phylogenetic patterns of biodiversity, and the macroevolutionary and ecological processes that generate these patterns. A major current focus is the amazing plant diversity of Australia’s southwest corner. We also do more conservation-oriented work on patterns of extinction risk among species.
Keeping an academic career afloat while also keeping four small children fed, clothed and happy. Scientifically, helping produce the first species-level phylogeny of the mammals. Not because it represents the last word in mammal evolution, but because – with over 1000 citations – it seems to have facilitated a huge amount of research on mammals around the world.
Next big thing
My personal next big thing (whether others agree remains to be seen) is to explore links between community-level ecological processes and large-scale macroevolutionary patterns.
Your science hero
I don’t really have heroes, but one ecologist who earns my greatest respect is Daniel Simberloff – he did more than anyone to ensure community ecology was placed on a solid statistical foundation.