Forest and Fire Ecology in the Context of Environmental Change
Research in the PaleoEcology and Fire Ecology Lab focuses on understanding the interactions among climate, vegetation, and fire regimes over a range of spatial and temporal scales, in the past, present, and future. Understanding ecological change over time integrates projects within the lab, revealing patterns and processes unobservable over human life spans, providing context for ongoing environmental change, and helping anticipate the consequences of future environmental change.
- Current themes:
- Climate-vegetation-fire interactions across a range of temporal scales in boreal forest, subalpine forest, and arctic tundra ecosystems
- Climate-tree growth relationships in boreal forests of Alaska
- Informing terrestrial ecosystem models with paleoecological data
- Understanding the origin and analysis of sediment-charcoal records for reconstructing fire history and fire regimes
- The lab uses lake sediments, tree rings, observational records, and statistical modeling to study ecosystems from time scales spanning the past several decades to the past 15,000 years.
Alaska, Canada, U.S. Rocky Mountains, and Tasmania