I am a landscape ecologist interested in forest-fire dynamics in the western United States. My research uses fieldwork, geospatial analysis, and statistical modeling to understand these dynamics at local scales and expand knowledge on forest resilience to increasing fire activity. My current project investigates how seed source area and arrangement shape post-fire tree recovery. Findings will identify the spatial scales at which area and arrangement affect regeneration and examine how both interact with local site suitability. National Science Foundation, National Geographic, NASA, and Joint Fire Science Program are funding the project.
I am also a science communication specialist for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences writing center and committed to improving science communication through storytelling. I recently co-taught a course on Science Communication and Water Resources that culminated with undergraduates creating a digital story. Additionally, I co-organized a workshop series for the Celebration of Undergraduate Engagement and developed online modules to help faculty bring storytelling into the classroom.
Visit my personal website for more information on my research, science communication, and teaching.