Assistant Research Professor
Office: Peterson Hall, bldg. 22, room 316
More info: http://www.mpcer.nau.edu
- community ecology
- plant functional ecology
- ecosystem ecology
- Postdoctoral Scholar: Environmental Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2009-2010
- PhD: Plant Biology, Arizona State University, Biology, 2009
- BA: Biology, Rice University, 2004
My research focuses on the intersection between processes
that regulate biodiversity and the consequences of that diversity for ecosystem
function, primarily in arid, semi-arid and alpine ecosystems.
Current projects include plant interaction networks, local
adaptation in semi-arid grass species with applications for range management
and conservation, testing predictive ecological models using fossil records
from packrat middens, effects of biogeographic and evolutionary history on
plant community structure and function, and biodiversity – ecosystem function
Butterfield, B.J. and J.M. Briggs. 2011. Regeneration niche
differentiates functional strategies of desert woody plant species. Oecologia, 165:477-487.
Butterfield, B.J., Betancourt, J.L., Turner, R.M. and J.M.
Briggs. 2010. Facilitation drives 65 years of vegetation change in the Sonoran
Desert. Ecology, 91:1132-1139.
Butterfield, B.J. 2009. Effects of facilitation on community
stability and dynamics: synthesis and future directions. Journal of Ecology, 97:1192-1201.
Butterfield, B.J. and J.M. Briggs. 2009. Patch dynamics of
soil biotic feedbacks in the Sonoran Desert. Journal of Arid Environments, 73:96-102.