My primary research focus is to develop reliable theory to understand the drivers of biological diversity at different spatiotemporal scales. This research uses tools from disciplines such as statistical physics and applied mathematics. During my career, I have specialized in building models of different complexity to describe biological systems and to work in close collaboration with empiricists to test these models against data. I have worked with a variety of taxa, from terrestrial and aquatic systems, in both field and laboratory experiments. I am currently working on the development of integrative approaches to ecology and evolutionary biology, which bring together different disciplinary perspectives, including mathematical, natural and social sciences.