My name is Dani Niziolek, I am a master’s student in Geography working with Alan Taylor in the vegetation dynamics lab, and a member of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). My bachelor’s degrees are in urban planning and sustainability, and environmental studies from Ohio University, and my undergraduate thesis examined the spatial distribution of urban weed communities in a deindustrialized Great Lakes city.
My work at Penn State centers around drivers of post-fire conifer regeneration in the southern Cascades range, California. Increasing extent and severity of wildfires in the western US in recent years are driving novel landscape patterns that may influence future forest cover. I seek to understand spatial variability in post-fire regeneration, with the goal of providing land managers information for developing strategies to use prescribed fire and wildfire to promote forest resilience against future disturbances.