Forest physiology; ecohydrology; snow hydrology.
Water availability to vegetation is inherently linked to snow melt rates in systems with transient or seasonal snow cover. Moreover, the physiological and biophysical functioning of vegetation is determined by the timing and volume of snow melt which can lead to a variable influence of vegetation on the site energy balance and snow melt rates. My research is focused on characterizing these vegetation-snowpack interactions and their potential implications in the functioning of montane and sub-alpine forests.
Now an ecologist at the USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center (FRESC) in Boise, Idaho. My USGS profile.
Plant ecophysiology; micrometeorology; ecosystem ecology; community ecology
I am broadly interested in the biophysical controls on individual-plant to whole-ecosystem functioning and the impacts of climate variability on plant community dynamics and post-fire ecosystem restoration.