Faculty Member of the Graduate Degree
BA, MA, Ph D - University of Colorado
RESEARCH: Biogeography; disturbance ecology; fire history; human land use; climate variability and change; conservation; forest ecosystems of the American West and southern South America
CLASSES: Introduction to Geography, Climate Change: Ecosystem Implications, Spatial Analysis with Geographic Information Science, Cultural Geography, Mountain Geography
I am a geographer with research focused on elucidating the natural and anthropogenic drivers of forest ecosystem dynamics and change, with the goal of aiding forest ecosystem management, restoration and conservation. More specifically, I am interested in the influences of physical landscapes, biological characteristics, climate variability, and human land-use history on spatiotemporal patterns of fire and insect outbreaks and resulting forest landscape characteristics. My research is centered in the temperate forest ecosystems of the western U.S. and south-central Chile, and spans spatial scales from forest stands and landscapes to mountain ranges and regions, and temporal scales from interannual to multimillennial. In my research I use a combination of dendroecological (tree ring), Geographic Information System (GIS), and spatial analysis techniques. Current research projects include fire-insect interactions in the Colorado and Montana Rockies, fire history in the Great Basin, and fire history and regeneration in the Valdivian temperate rainforests of Chile.
PROSPECTIVE GRADUATE STUDENTS: Please look through the pages on this website to see if my research is of interest to you. I would also encourage you to explore the website for the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE), an interdisciplinary graduate degree program that offers MS and PhD degrees in Ecology, which is an ideal program for students who are interested in working with me on their graduate degrees. If my research and the GDPE are of interest, I encourage you to contact me via email to explore potential options for a graduate degree.