Tyler is interested in the effects of anthropogenic disturbance on ecosystem composition, structure, and function. During his undergraduate, Tyler was a research assistant in the Preisser Community Ecology Lab at the University of Rhode Island where he investigated the effects of non-consumptive effects of predator-prey interactions between lepidopteran and hymenopteran species. In 2021 he graduated from the University of Rhode Island with his B.S. in Biology focusing on Ecology and Conservation.
After graduating, Tyler was a member of the 2020-21 Monterey Bay Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) cohort run by California State University at Monterey Bay (CSUMB). During his time in the CSUMB REU program, Tyler collaborated with researchers at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR) and sister reserves to investigate how tidal influence and tidal restrictions affect water quality parameters along an estuarine gradient at Elkhorn Slough.
As a Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistant in the Poulsen lab, Tyler works with Dr. Maicher to investigate the cascading impacts of natural disturbances made by forest elephants on tree and insect communities in Gabon.