University of Colorado at Boulder

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Graduate Student Alumni

Monica Rother

Biogeography; wildfire; climate; dendrochronology

Ph.D. Geography 2015

Physical Geography
Tom Veblen (Faculty Advisor)


2015 - Conifer regeneration after wildfire in low-elevation forests of the Colorado Front Range: Implications of a warmer, drier climate

Research Interests

I am a forest ecologist with expertise in biogeography, disturbance ecology, global change ecology, and fire history. As a member of the Biogeography Lab, directed by Thomas T. Veblen, my dissertation work addresses spatial and temporal patterns of post-fire conifer regeneration in low-elevation forests of the Colorado Front Range. I tackle my research questions using a variety of methodologies including experiments, field surveys, and tree-ring methods. Overall my aim as a researcher is to inform forest management in the context of ongoing climate and land-use changes.

Selected Publications

Rother, M.T. and Grissino-Mayer, H.D. (2014). Climatic influences on fire regimes in ponderosa pine forests of the Zuni Mountains, New Mexico, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 322, 69-77.

Publications updated December 2014

Labs & Facilities

Biogeography Lab

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.

Recent courses taught