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.
July 2023: Kate received the MSU Outstanding Student Fellowship, and will be giving the EEB notable student lecture in February 2023. congrats!
Summer 2023: Welcome to our new undergrads - Shriya, Katy, Randal and Rachel!
May 2023: Zack and Caleb's paper with Casey Canfield on how rural Missouri stakeholders understand climate resilience is out in Environmental Management.
April 2023: The lab won a lot of awards recently! Kate and Ethan won the PLB Paul Taylor award, Ethan won the PLB Rodman Botany Scholarship, and Zack won the Mizzou Physical Sciences Disciplinary Dissertation Award. Congrats all!!
April 2023: Ale joins the lab! Welcome!
January 2023: We are officially in Michigan, and our lab is red and yellow!
Check out this short video on the work our lab is doing that we created for 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 Department of Plant Biology, Kellogg Biological Station, and MSU 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.