Bradley Butterfield

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Assistant Research Professor
Office: Peterson Hall, bldg. 22, room 316
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Research/teaching interests

  • community ecology
  • plant functional ecology
  • ecosystem ecology
  • biogeography

Academic highlights

  • 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.

Recent Publications

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.

Schöb, C., Butterfield, B.J. & Pugnaire, F.I. 2012. Foundation species influence trait-based community assembly. New Phytologist, 196:824-834.