My work seeks to develop more spatially explicit analyses and novel applications of FIA data that will enhance our understanding of forest dynamics such as mortality, disturbance, and land use/land cover change. Current research projects include:
I am interested in anything geospatial, because nearly all ecological and hydrological processes vary spatially across the landscape. I seek to apply modelling and remote sensing approaches that can expand our forest inventory data beyond forest land to areas such as rangeland and riparian areas in the semi-arid Interior West. Spatially explicit forest monitoring data can also provide a more realistic representation of land cover for evaluating the effects of forest dynamics and forest management on water resources.
|My previous research projects included the following:
Forest managers, stakeholders, and the general public rely on good science to provide high-quality data on the condition and trends in forests across all lands, and FIA provides that information. The spatial and temporal intensity of FIA's plots allow us to provide forest information that is statistically robust and representative at the landscape level. A tremendous strength of the FIA dataset is the size and spatial representativeness of the sample, with about 35,000 forested plots in the Interior West states. As an FIA analyst, I strive to continually develop innovative analyses that are useful to land managers and other scientists. FIA functions as the nation's forest census by collecting mountains of data, and FIA analysts need to paint those mountains of data as an information landscape that can be easily seen and interpreted by our customers.