Professor, Lab PI
Jesse Morris, PhD,
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013-
holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Utah.
His research interests are in examining long-term disturbance history,
including fire and insect outbreaks, and understanding how regime
modulated by climate and human activity. As a postdoc in the lab, Jesse
is working at part of the WildFIRE
investigating the causes and
consequences of fire in the Central Plateau of Tasmania, Australia.
Jesse's research and publication are available on his web site, jessemorris3.com.
Follow Jesse on Twitter @jesselmorris3
Kemp, PhD Candiate, 2010-
Kerry is a PhD student in the College of Natural Resources and a member
Rockies IGERT team. Her
interests are in the impacts of global
distributions and disturbances in forested ecosystems. Her
focuses on the interaction between disturbance events (e.g., fire)
and long-term species persistence on landscapes. In 2012 Kerry was
awarded a Joint Fire Science Program Graduate
(GRIN) fellowship and a Stillinger Forest Science Fellowship
to fund her
research. Kerry has a BA
and Evolutionary Biology from the University of
is a PhD student in the College of Natural Resources, interested in
fire ecology, paleoecology, and ecosystem modeling. At U Idaho, Adam
has worked as part of the NSF-funded tundra-fire project. In
April 2014, Adam was awarded a Joint Fire Science Program Graduate
(GRIN) fellowship to build on
his dissertation work, and in May
2014 Adam was awarded a NASA Earth and Space Science
Adam has a BS
degree in Environmental Science from the College of Environmental
Science and Forestry, State University of New
York, Syracuse, NY.
Meghan Foard, PhD
Meghan is a PhD student in the Environmental Science program with research interests in dendroecology and fire ecology. Her dissertation work, part of the PalEON project, will focus on understanding growth-climate and fire-climate relationships in boreal forests of Alaska, using tree-ring and lake-sediment records of past environmental change. Meghan has a BS in Natural Science from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN, and a MS in Environmental Science from Arkansas State University, Jonesboro. Her MS thesis focused on the causes and consequences of Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense) invasion in hydrologically altered forested wetlands.
Tyler Hoecker, MS
is an MS student in the College of Natural Resources, interested in
landscape-scale ecology, our understanding changing disturbance regimes
space and time. He will be studying fire history in interior Alaska,
lake-sediment charcoal records, as part of the PalEON project.
Tyler graduated from Willamette University with a BA in
Science in 2011. In addition to undergraduate research on seabirds and
grizzlies, he has worked with the Forest Service and in the private
conducting salmonid habitat and stream geomorphology surveys in the
Cassidy is an undergraduate student in the Ecology and Conservation Biology program in the College of Natural Resources. Cassidy has worked in the lab since September 2013, helping develop fire history records from tundra ecosystems in Alaska, as part of the NSF "tundra-fire" project, and more recently by measuring white spruce tree rings as part of the NSF-funded PalEON project. During the summer of 2014, Cassidy worked as an intern at the College of Natural Resources' Taylor Wilderness Research Station in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, conducting research on the dendroecology of Douglas-fir across environmental gradients. This work will will form the of Cassidy's undergraduate research thesis.
Adam is an undergraduate in the Geology program and has worked in the lab since October 2013. He helped develop fire history records from small hollow sediments from Tasmania, Australia, as part of the WildFIRE PIRE project, and is currently working on developing a fire history record form Shaw's Bog, in the Gulf Islands of Canada. The latter work will become part of Adam's undergraduate thesis.
Kaitlynn Palmer: Undergrad, 2014
Kaitlynn was an undergraduate student in the Environmental Science program and worked in the lab from April-December 2014, helping develop fire history records from tundra ecosystem in Alaska, as part of the NSF "tundra-fire" project.
Rachel Albertson: Undergrad, 2013-2014
Rachel Albertson was an undergraduate student in the Environmental Science who has worked in the lab from Dec. 2013 to May 2014. She helped develop fire history records from small hollow sediments from Tasmania, Australia, as part of the WildFIRE PIRE project.
Dunnette: MS, 2010-2013
Paul earned his MS degree in the lab in Fall 2013 for his thesis titled
Impacts of Fire Over Four Millennia in a Rocky Mountain Subalpine
Watershed" which was published in New Phytologist in 2014.
his interested in forest ecosystem
processes, fire ecology, and disturbance history. While a graduate
student, Paul was awarded a Stillinger Forest Science Fellowship.
Prior to graduate
Paul obtained a BS degree
in Environmental Science from Portland State University, and a BS in
Journalism from the University of Portland. Paul is currently a
research technician in the lab.
Derr: Post-doc, 2010-2014
was a Research Scientist (2010-2012) and Post Doctoral Fellow (2013) in
the lab. She received her Ph.D. from Washington State University in
2012. As an archaeologist, her research focused on anthropogenic
burning and human-environment-climate interactions, with a focus on
identifying human arrival into ecosystems using fossil pollen and
charcoal records. As of Feb. 2014, Kelly is a Project Archaeologist
with Historical Research Associates in Portland, OR.
Patrick Flanigan: Undergrad, 2013
Patrick graduated in Dec. 2013 with a double major in Environmental
Science and International Studies, winning
an Alumni Award for Excellence and the Honors Program "Core Award!"
He worked in the lab from April-Dec.
2013, helping develop fire history records from small
hollow sediments from Tasmania, Australia, as part of the WildFIRE PIRE
project. In Fall 2013 Patrick assisted in collecting
a lake-sediment core from the Gulf Islands of
British Columbia, Canada, which he used to develop a senior thesis
Shannon Pauli: Undergrad, 2011-2013
Shannon graduated with a
BS degree in Fire Ecology and Management in 2013. She worked in the lab
from July 2011 through July 2013, focusing on fire history in Colorado
subalpine forests and tundra fire history in Alaska. In summer 2012,
Shannon participated in three weeks of field work in Alaska, helping
the lab collect lake sediment records from the Noatak National
Preserve. Shannon write a senior thesis that focused on historic fire
regimes in the Noatak National Preserve, combining GIScience and
comparisons to existing fire history records.
Margaret Ward Keefe: Lab manager, 2010-2012
Maggie was a lab technician in the Paleoecology and Fire Ecology Lab
from 2010-2012 and was instrumental in setting up the lab and keep
things running smoothly for its first few years. Maggie has a BA in
Biology from Ithaca College, NY, and a MS in Forest Resources from the
University of Maine, Orono.
Ryan Moran: Undergrad, 2011
Ryan is an undergraduate student in
the College of Natural Resources working on a BS degree in Fire Ecology
and Management. Ryan worked in the lab from July-December 2011,
focusing on fire history and biogeochemical proxies from sediment cores
from Rocky Mountain National Park.
Donnovan VanSant: Undergrad, 2011
worked in the lab in the spring of 2011 and graduated with a BS in
Geography from the Department of Geography in May 2011.
Donnovan worked on gathering and organizing modern datasets
on tundra fire history and vegetation in Alaska.
Ziegler: Undergrad, 2011
Justin worked in the lab in the spring and early summer of 2011,
focusing on fire history and biogeochemical proxies from sediment cores
from Rocky Mountain National Park. After graduating from the College of
Natural Resources with a BS in Fire Ecology and Management in the
spring of 2011, Justin started graduate school at Colorado State
University, where he is pursuing a MS degree in fire ecology.