My research addresses the causes and consequences of western forest disturbances, primarily wildfire and insect outbreaks. As a landscape ecologist, I conduct research at multiple spatial and temporal scales to examine: (1) disturbance dynamics and successional patterns, (2) effects of past climate variability and future climate change, and (3) ecological implications of forest management policy and changing land use. I employ field studies, dendrochronology, GIS analyses and spatial modeling. My research generally focuses on fundamental ecological questions with applications to forest management, land-use policy and climate change.
Publications updated May 2014
Labs & Facilities
The Biogeography Lab of the Geography Department is directed by Professor Thomas T. Veblen and supports research in the areas of forest dynamics, disturbance ecology and dendroecology.