My research interests include ecosystems and the complex interactions that drive largescale patterns across landscapes, particularly how the structure and function of aquatic and riparian systems are affected by natural and anthropogenic stressors and how changes to disturbance regimes like flooding and fire alter ecosystem complexity. I am also interested in upland and valley bottom restoration and different methods for evaluating the effectiveness of different treatments.
Rivers and their floodplains are biodiversity hotspots that provide habitat to a wide range of species, as well as ecosystem services. It is important to comprehend how the timing, frequency, duration, and magnitude of flooding events is tied to predictable development of floodplain habitats. Understanding the link between discharge and complexity is critical as natural flow regimes are increasingly threatened by diversions, regulation, and climate change.
Studying the drivers, stressors, and current conditions of riparian, aquatic, wetland, and groundwater-dependent ecosystems is important for informing management actions. Our assessments directly inform the planning process carried out by National Forests and can help identify areas appropriate for restoration or protection.
Overall, studying biotic and abiotic interactions, how they play out at the ecosystem scale, and how they are affected by climate change, fire, flooding, road construction, diversions, etc. has implications for land management and conservation.