Natalie Pawlikowski


Broadly, I am interested in studying how natural communities respond to anthropogenic and natural disturbances and applying this research towards informing and improving land management and conservation practices. My current research focuses on ponderosa pine forests and fire - more specifically, I characterize how forest structure (density, composition, spatial patterns) changes in a structurally-restored forest following ~20 years of fire exclusion and model the effects of these changes on potential fire behavior. This research broadens our understanding on how forests respond to fire, and, in turn, how fire can be used to restore and maintain heterogeneity and resiliency in ponderosa pine forests where wildfires have been suppressed for nearly a century.

Research Focus

biogeography, disturbance ecology, fire ecology



  • BS - Integrative Biology & English - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign