Jamie Peeler is a PhD Candidate working with Dr. Erica Smithwick. Prior to pursuing her PhD, she participated in research projects focused on fire-adapted ecosystems in South Africa, Florida, the Pacific Northwest, and Wyoming. Her previous research has been published in the Florida Scientist and Diversity and Distributions.
Jamie’s current research links landscape context to post-fire forest resilience in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. A critical first step to understanding this link is identifying patterns and spatial scales at which landscape context is important for post-fire forest recovery. However, scale-dependent effects are often species specific, thus identifying relevant scales must account for different tree traits (wind-dispersal, serotiny, sprouting). To unravel the interactions among traits, scale, and landscape context, Jamie conducts field research at three recent fires in Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming. Further, she draws on her training as a landscape ecologist, using the discipline’s tools and theory. Her research is funded by a NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Award, National Geographic Early Career Grant, Joint Fire Science Program Graduate Research Innovation Award, and NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowship.
For more information, visit Jamie’s personal website: https://jamiepeeler.com/