Energy as a unifying theme in ecology
Michigan State University
John M. Grady
I am interested in linking biological levels of organization – from cells to ecosystems - across space and time. For instance, how do individual traits, such as body size or metabolic rate, drive emergent ecological properties, like abundance, diversity, and the division of resources? What principles unify the variety of life?
My approach is synthetic, collaborative and motivated by theory. This permits me to work in different systems, although I am particularly fond of vertebrates and trees. Energetics – growth, respiration, photosynthesis - drives ecology at individual, community, and global scales, and is a common theme that runs through my work.
I received my Ph.D. in Biology at the University of New
Mexico in 2016, and am currently a postdoctoral researcher in a spatial ecology lab with Phoebe Zarnetske at Michigan State University and Sydne Record at Bryn Mawr College.