Catherine Airey Lauvaux

Introduction

My primary interest is fire ecology. I’m currently investigating fire history and vegetation change in the northern Rockies. Using dendroecological techniques, I’m interested in determining how fire functioned historically in a landscape with complex, steep terrain, and heterogeneous vegetation including sagebrush and Douglas fir, subalpine fir and whitebark pine forests all within relatively close proximity and in how a century of fire suppression, livestock grazing, and climate change have influenced current forest condition. Improving our understanding of the ecological processes that are part of the forest ecosystem and of ways land management and land uses have altered the landscape can inform land managers and policy makers seeking to restore or maintain healthy, resilient forest ecosystems.

Research Interests

  • fire ecology

Adviser

Education

  • M.S.Ecology, Penn State
  • B.A. Biological Sciences, Northwestern University