University of Utah
Our research focuses around a central question:
What is the future of ecosystems in a changing climate? Massive forest mortality events of many tree species in the last two decades prompt concerns that drought, insects, and wildfire may devastate forests in the coming decades. We study how drought and climate change affect forest ecosystems, including tree physiology, species interactions, carbon cycling, and biosphere-atmosphere feedbacks. This research spans a broad array of spatial scales from xylem cells to ecosystems and seeks to gain a better mechanistic understanding of how climate change will affect forests around the world.
- 9/2016: Interested in joining the lab? We’re looking for enthusiastic graduate students, postdocs, and undergrads to join the group.
- 8/2015: Great news coverage of our Science paper on drought’s lasting impacts on forests (here, here, and many others).
- 4/2015: Excellent recent news coverage of our new paper on predicting aspen mortality under climate change (here, here, and here).