During the course of her Wall Scholar Research Award, she will utilize the Bromeliad Working Group database to explore how the composition and functioning of ecological communities is influenced by the much larger scale processes of continental dispersal and speciation. This question requires uniting the traditionally disparate fields of ecology, phylogenetics and biogeography.
Dr. Diane Srivastava studies the interactions between species in food webs, how species are able to co-exist, and how the diversity and composition of ecological communities affects the way that ecosystems function. She has particular interests in tropical biodiversity and conservation, although her career has also included research in Nova Scotian lakes (BSc, Dalhousie University), Arctic saltmarshes (MSc, University of Toronto), and British woodlands (PhD, Imperial College, London).
She is the author of 60 peer reviewed publications and is featured in three biology textbooks. She is a recipient of a Killam Research Fellowship (2007), and an E.W.R Steacie Memorial fellowship (2010), an award given annually to the top six scientists under 40 in Canada. In 2011 she formed the Bromeliad Working Group, an international consortium of over 30 researchers working throughout Central and South America on the same ecological system.