current research

My research focuses on developing silvicultural strategies to mitigate the effects of drought, wildfire, forest insects and diseases, and other contemporary challenges to forest management. I study historical changes in forest structure and composition to improve management tools and techniques. I use a combination of observational, experimental, and modeling techniques across spatial scales ranging from trees to landscapes. Ongoing and planned research includes: 

  • The potential of species mixtures to enhance forest productivity and reduce tree mortality risk, focusing on mixed-conifer and pine-oak systems
  • Landscape controls on forest productivity and stand development
  • Strategies to enhance conifer resistance to forest pathogens and insects

research interest

  • Ecology and management of mixed-species stands
  • Stand dynamics
  • Forest health
  • Climate-change adaptation
  • Silvicultural applications of forest inventory
  • Natural and artificial regeneration, including assisted migration
  • Understory plant community ecology

past research

  • Silvicultural strategies to sustain ecosystem function in Minnesota black ash forests threatened by emerald ash borer
  • Production ecology of black ash and red pine forests
  • Early incidence of white pine blister rust in Southwestern mixed-conifer forests

Education

  • University of Minnesota Forest Resources, Silviculture, and Invasive Species Ph.D, Natural Resources Science and Management 2017
  • Northern Arizona University Silviculture, Forest Health, and Invasive Species Master of Science in Forestry 2012
  • Northern Arizona University Forest Ecology and Management Bachelor of Science in Forestry 2010

Professional Experience

  • Colorado State University
    Postdoctoral Fellow
    2018 - 2020

Professional Organizations

  • Society of American Foresters (SAF) (2007 - Current)

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Publications

Priority Research Areas

  • Climate Change
  • Forest Disturbances
  • Localized Needs (regional work)