Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
Landscape Ecology, Land-use Change and Planning, Spatial Analysis
I’m interested in patterns of residential development – why people choose to build and live where they choose to build and live, the spatial distribution of these preferences and choices on a landscape level, and the interactions of development with natural disturbances. Of particular interest is low-density residential development (exurbanization) in the wildland-urban interface and interactions with fire regimes and insect outbreaks. I work to characterize how key structural drivers (climate, hydrology, and landscape patterns of disturbance) in high elevation ecosystems interact with human systems and to forecast the effects of these interactions on future states of the landscape. I examine different growth and development scenarios, under varying climate futures and apply the wicked-problem framework to the effects of interactions between disturbances, climate and human-mediated changes.