Research in the Srivastava Lab centers on fundamental questions in community ecology, including
those that help develop the theoretical basis of conservation. We investigate how the interaction of spatial
and trophic processes determines which species occur within food webs. We also examine
how species loss from these food webs can affect the way ecosystems function. Our lab addresses these questions
through a combination of experiments, surveys, and meta-analyses of published data. For experimental tests,
we use two naturally contained but miniature ecosystems: bromeliads and moss patches.