Matthew Chmielewski, Ph.D.

Portland State University

Department of Biology

Center for Life in Extreme Environments

I’m a community ecologist focused on understanding how spatial processes influence community assembly, diversity, and function. I focus on theory-driven questions which i address through a variety of approaches that include strong field work and natural history components. I completed my disseration studying avian-bryophyte dispersal networks in the Department of Biology at Portland State University. I also work on bryophyte ecology in extreme environments in association with the Center for Life in Extreme Environments. I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor teaching both Ecology and Human Anatomy and Physiology in the Department of Biology at Pacific Lutheran University. As I transition out of this position, I am in search of the right fit for a postdoctoral opportunity.

In addition to my research, I am enthusiastic about teaching, international collaboration, data literacy, and addressing equity imbalances in academia. I’m especially interested in how I can use my experience as a first generation citizen and college student to advise similar demographics.