Research Interests: Evolutionary Ecology and Global Change Biology
Research in the Diamond lab is focused on understanding and predicting biological responses to novel environments. Over evolutionary timescales, environmental novelty has played an important role in diversification; however, environmental novelty driven by contemporary changes in climate, land-use, and community composition (particularly increases in non-native species) is being generated at an unprecedented rate. Whether, and by what mechanisms, organisms are able to cope with these changes are critical open questions. Through a combination of field and laboratory-based experiments and statistical modeling, members of the Diamond lab examine how organisms cope (or fail to cope) with environmental novelty and global change.