United States Department of Agriculture
My current research interest is focused on how forests in the western U.S. are changing over time, particularly with respect to climate and disturbance. Aspects of this topic that I'll be working on this year include: (1) working with other scientists to assess recent disturbances (fire, insects, disease, invasive plants, drought) in the western U.S. in in the context of forest sustainability; (2) improving techniques for predicting change in future habitat for different tree species; and (3) assessing recent changes in forests within California, Oregon, and Washington in relation to disturbances.
My past research includes spatial modeling of the effects of forest practices rules on economic returns and forest fragmentation; projecting landscape-level vegetation change; integrating prescribed fire and fuel treatments into general forest planning; developing methods for projecting regional forest change; and assessing status and change of forests in the Pacific West.
Disturbance processes in western forests - including climate change, insects, disease, fire, and invasive species - impact the sustainability of both forest ecosystem processes and ecosystem services. Increased understanding of how interacting disturbances are likely to affect forests, and detecting early changes, is crucial to making choices that increase the resiliency of western forests and forest-dependent communities.
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