My research examines how spatial processes in ecology, such as dispersal and disturbance, shape populations and communities. Motivated by both basic and applied challenges, I study ecological problems across a broad range of spatial scales, from local species interactions to geographic range limits. My research brings together experiments in the field and laboratory, remote sensing using satellite and aerial imagery, and the application of quantitative tools to long-term, large-scale observational data. I work primarily in temperate coastal marine and estuarine ecosystems, with an emphasis on important, widely-distributed foundation species, such as kelps, seagrasses, and bivalves. My research has benefitted from interdisciplinary collaboration in biogeochemistry, population genetics, geography, mathematics, and physical oceanography.