We love plants. We find ourselves asking “Why so many species? Do diverse communities function better? Can we reconstruct diverse plant communities and learn something along the way?” Given these ruminations, our research focuses on applied and theoretical questions in restoration and community ecology. We study Australian plant communities, both human-impacted and natural, to better understand the processes that maintain diversity and ecosystem function. Our scale of focus varies from sub-metre (e.g. herbaceous plant competition) to bioregional (e.g. macro-ecological models) and we work in a range of systems including coastal sand dunes, Brigalow forests, subtropical rainforests, York gum woodlands and restoration plantings.