Fire ecology, landscape ecology, geographic information systems (GIS), dendrochronology.
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.
- David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship, Society for Conservation Biology and the Cedar Tree Foundation, 2006
- Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2003
- Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin Graduate School, 2000