My research interests include classifying fire effects in live and dead fuel; determining how combustion affects productivity and physiological characteristics of grasses, forbs, and shrubs; determining limits of heat tolerance in vegetative parts of understory fuels; and developing ways to bridge modern and historic field sampling methods in vegetation communities.
Objectively classifying fire effects provides for consistent collection of data in fuels studies and standardized communication between researchers and managers. Research on grass curing and live fuel moistures of all understory vegetation is needed to improve the prediction of fire effects when modeling wildfire and prescription burns. Research on the heat tolerance of vegetative parts of plants is important to judging severity of burns and assessing restoration needs. Finding ways to bridge the sampling methods of past and present is important to assessments of the effects of climate change in Yellowstone National Park.