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: assembly and dynamics of plant communities across
the southwest USA, niche evolution in a variety of plant groups, plant-plant
interaction networks, implications of local adaptation for restoration success,
and biodiversity-ecosystem function relationships.
I also teach courses in
Ecological Niche Modeling and Biodiversity.
Butterfield, B.J. et al.
2013. Alpine cushion plants inhibit the loss of phylogenetic diversity in
severe environments. Ecology Letters, 16:478-486.
Butterfield, B.J. & Suding,
K.N. 2013. Single-trait functional indices outperform multi-trait indices in
linking environmental gradients and ecosystem services in a complex landscape. Journal
of Ecology, 101:9-17.
Butterfield, B.J. &
Callaway, R.M. 2012. A functional comparative approach to facilitation and its
context dependence. Functional Ecology, 27:907-917.
Butterfield, B.J. & Pugnaire, F.I. 2012. Foundation species influence
trait-based community assembly. New Phytologist, 196:824-834.