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My research focuses broadly on understanding how climate, vegetation, and human activities influence and interact with fire occurrence and fire regimes over a range of time scales, from years to millenia. How will ecosystems respond to ongoing and future environmental change? Studying and understanding how systems have changed in the past is a key component to answering these and similar questions at the heart of environmental science, global change science, and sustainable resource management.
I currently direct the Paleoecology and Fire Ecology Lab, where graduate students, undergraduate students, and I are pursuing research in the US Rocky Mountains, Alaska, and abroad in Tasmania, Australia. This work calls on spatially-explicit modeling and quantitative analyses, charcoal and pollen analysis in lake-sediment records, and dendrochronology. Learn more about ongoing research, opportunities to get involved, and meet lab members on the lab website, linked to above.
At the undergraduate level, I teach two core courses in the Fire Ecology and Management undergraduate degree program: Fire Ecology and Management (FOR 326, Fall), and Fire Behavior (FOR 450, Spring). These two courses focus on understanding fire as an ecological process and understanding the biological and physical controls of fire behavior and fire regimes, respectively. Both courses emphasize learning and participating in the scientific process. You can connect to the course web sites using the links to the right.
At the graduate I have taught several special topics courses:
- Fall 2013: FOR 504-02 — "Altered Ecologies: multiscale perspectives on the past, present, and future." Link to class website.
- Fall 2012: FOR 504-01 — "Beyond Excel: Computational Data Analysis and Visualization." Link to class website.
- Fall of 2011: FOR 504-01 — "Global Fire and Ecological Feedbacks in the Context of Climate and Land-use Change." Link to class website.