We love plants and the communities they form. We find ourselves asking “How do so many species grow together? Why doesn’t one species prevail over all others?” Given these ruminations, our research focuses on applied and theoretical questions in community and restoration ecology. We mostly study Australian plant communities to better understand the processes that maintain diversity and ecosystem function. Our scale of focus varies from sub-metre to bioregional and we work in a range of systems including coastal sand dunes, brigalow forests, subtropical rainforests, York gum woodlands and restoration plantings.