Joseph Bailey, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, was recently awarded a visiting professorship at the Center for Ecological Research at the University of Kyoto, Japan. Bailey will spend the summer of 2014 in Japan developing a new collaborative project with Professor Takayuki Ohgushi, a world renowned evolutionary ecologist who works on plant-insect Interactions using willows as his focal group of plants. Bailey’s work will focus on understanding whether the contemporary range size of willow species has an evolutionary basis, what traits might be responsible for the observed patterns, and how that information can help us understand the implications of climate change.
Bailey is an integrative evolutionary ecologist who studies the impact of genetic variation among individuals on community and ecosystem-level processes, thus linking patterns of biodiversity and processes controlling its distribution from the gene to ecosystem. Bailey’s work is regularly published in high-profile journals such as PLoS One, Functional Ecology, Ecology & Evolution, Ecology Letters, and New Phytologist. His work is well funded from external sources including the National Science Foundation and the Australian Research Council.