My primary research focus is to develop reliable theory to understand the drivers of biological diversity at different spatiotemporal scales. This research aims at bridging the gap between theoretical and applied ecology, and uses tools from disciplines beyond ecology, such as statistical physics and applied mathematics. During my career, I have specialized in building models of different complexity to describe ecological 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 interested in understanding integrative approaches to ecology, which bring together different disciplinary perspectives, including mathematical, natural and social sciences.