Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University
Short Biography & Research Interests
I am a NOAA Climate and Global Change Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Princeton Environmental Institute at Princeton University. My research centers around the intersection of ecosystems and climate change. Born in southwest Colorado, I grew up fishing, hunting, backpacking, and writing in the Rocky Mountains and return there often for my scientific endeavors. I did my undergraduate degree at Stanford University and recently received my Ph.D. from the Department of Biology at Stanford.
My research focuses around two central themes:
- What is the future of forests in the western United States and globally? Massive mortality events of many tree species in the last decade prompt concerns that drought, insects, and wildfire may devastate forests in the coming decades, particularly in the western US. I 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.
- How do we communicate climate science to the public and policy-makers? Communicating expert consensus and scientific understanding, even with inherent uncertainties, is critical to addressing climate change. Recently, I’ve explored the dynamics of expert agreement in communicating the state of climate science.
- 08/2013: We have an exciting new paper out on the anatomy of lethal droughts led by Leander Anderegg (here).
- 03/2013: Press on our studies examining role of temperature and drought characteristics in aspen die-off (here, here, and here).
- 12/2012: A new study out on extended aspen mortality and future vulnerability to drought (here) and coverage in The New Scientist (here)
- 09/2012: Recent press on our review paper of the consequences of drought-triggered forest die-off (here, here, and here)
- 08/2012: Check out the ongoing NSF-funded “Drought Open-Source Ecology” (DOSE) project to look at the severe 2012 drought on US forests (here)! Drop me an email if you’re interested in being involved.
- 02/2012: Recent press on our physiology of climate-induced widespread aspen die-off study (here)