As a forest ecologist, I conduct research to examine how ecosystems change over space and time. I’m particularly interested in natural disturbances (e.g., wildfire, insect outbreaks, disease and pathogens), which often catalyze large-magnitude changes in forests. Natural disturbances are critical to maintaining ecosystem integrity (and the provision of services we gain from ecosystems), as many species are adapted to disturbances or the conditions they create. However, disturbances are frequently at odds with the built (human) environment because of their destructive nature. Understanding the causes and consequences of ecological disturbances is not only fascinating, but absolutely critical for informing environmental management and policy. My research uses a variety of approaches across spatial scales to examine how disturbances and climate change interact to shape ecosystems, and how we can use this knowledge to responsibly and effectively manage forests.
I am currently a David H. Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Colorado – Boulder, working with Dr. Tom Veblen at CU-Boulder and Dr. Jose Negron and Dr. Mike Battaglia at the US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station. Prior to that, I completed my PhD in the Ecosystem and Landscape Ecology Lab, directed by Dr. Monica G. Turner, at the University of Wisconsin. I absolutely love my career in research, teaching, and mentoring. I seriously have to pinch myself all the time to make sure I am not dreaming.
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