The Sullivan lab uses quantitative (both statistical and mathematical) tools to understand plant movement ecology. We are broadly interested in how different global change factors like, habitat fragmentation, nutrient loading, and alterations to global herbivore communities influence plant reproduction and dispersal, and the subsequent consequences of this movement for population and community dynamics. We are especially interested in how this movement influences conservation and restoration ecology. Our research focuses on combining field experiments with theoretical models to develop general understanding about the causes and consequences of dispersal, using statistically rigorous experimental results to create assumptions for general theoretical models that can be scaled in time and space.
April 2021: Marissa and Josh will be our newest PhD students starting this summer. Welcome!!
March 2021: Larissa joins the lab as the new lab manager, and we say farewell to Ellie, who is pursuing PA school. We will miss you Ellie!
February 2021: Kate was awarded her PFCA grant to study how the timing of seed dispersal influences diversity in restored grasslands.
January 2020: Savana joins the lab as our new FRIPS student!
December 2020: Lauren and a team of engineers were awarded funding to understand how to use highway right-of-ways as successful pollinator habitat.
Check out this short video on the work our lab is doing that we created for DBS Lab Blitz. We promise you'll enjoy it!
Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in the Sullivan Lab
In our lab, we actively practice antiracist behavior, and strive to make our environment inclusive and equitable for Black, Indigenous, LatinX, and other people of color. To this end, we: 1) continually engage in educating ourselves on issues of racism in the United States and other countries, and in STEM fields in particular, 2) dedicate time toward antiracist action in our lab, in the Division of Biological Sciences, and at Mizzou as a whole, 3) speak out against racism when we see it, 4) create an inclusive environment in our classrooms, 5) actively recruit minoritized students to join the lab, 6) take an individual approach to mentoring, in order to help students, postdocs, and other lab members to see improvements in their scientific abilities given where they came from, and 7) prioritize the mental health and emotional needs of all lab members over productivity, as good science happens when people feel centered, included, and happy.