I am an ORISE Postdoctoral Fellow with the US Forest Service’s Air Resource Management Program. Formerly I was in the Dept of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University.
With colleagues, students and federal land managers, I work at the broad intersection of forest ecology, biogeography and high-dimensional statistics. Our goal is to forecast plant and lichen responses to pressing global changes. Through distributed experiments, open-source software development and large-scale national forest inventories, we ask:
How will global changes to atmospheric regimes alter the functioning, persistence and distribution of forest vegetation?
Our path shapes the questions we ask. The CV says something else, but a more accurate chronology is:
- Gunpowder/Patapsco watershed, Maryland – born and raised, worked in landscaping/nurseries
- north Idaho – worked landscape construction
- central Oregon – worked in a mill and climbed peaks
- Mount Rainier, Washington – worked for mountain guides and climbed peaks
- Mojave/Great Basin, Nevada/California – desert botany and climbed peaks
- western Oregon – got a botany degree and wrote poems
- eastern Oregon – surveyed plants for the Forest Service
- southern Nevada – got a fire ecology degree and climbed peaks
- Washington DC – did forest research from coffeeshops
- western Oregon, Minnesota, Alaska – got a forest ecology degree
- eastern Washington – did forest research and planted seeds