I am a Research Ecologist
for the USDA Forest Service PNW Research Station as
well as an Affiliate Assistant Professor for the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Science and the Department of Biology and Wildlife at the University of Alaska. I am a senior investigator with the BNZ LTER site , and in particular my work with LTER focuses on the long-term vegetation datasets, and monitoring understory vegetation change over time.
I am broadly interested in landscape ecology, vegetation ecology,
plant community ecology, and statistical applications in ecology.
In particular, I am interested in vegetation patterns across large
spatial scales. This includes understanding environmental gradients
associated with changes in species composition and vegetation
change over time as it relates to succession, disturbance, and
potential changes in climate.
Other work that I am interested in includes vegetation mapping
of BNZ and CPCRW as well as at larger spatial scales of interior
Alaska, and vegetation community recovery after fire. In particular
I am interested in the role of pre-fire plant community composition
to post-fire recovery, and the role that nonvascular plants, shrubs,
and forbs play in determining successional trajectories.
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