Department: Plant Pathology
Research: Ecology and management of forest tree diseases. Current focus is on Sudden Oak Death (SOD)in CA coastal forests and diseases of conifers in the the Sierra Nevada Mountains and other interior mountain ranges. These projects are also linked to forest management including the role of fire and forest thinning.
Department: USDA FS PSW/Entomology Affiliate
Research: Chemical ecology of forest insects with a focus on bark beetles and woodborers. Use of semiochemicals to detect and manage invasive forest insect species.
Research: As Forest Advisor, I work to address the needs of forest landowners in the fields of forest management and ecology through research, technical consultations, short-courses and regional conferences. My program emphasis is on redwood and Douglas-fir silviculture, forest policy, education, incentives to improve forest stewardship, watershed management, conservation biology, fuels management and insect and disease management. My research projects have included the early detection and treatment for areas infested with the plant disease known as Sudden Oak Death, surface fuels evaluations, assessment of the 2003 Canoe fire severity, assessment of large woody debris in streams, and assessment of coarse woody debris in forests. I offer frequent workshops and have covered subjects such as forest management, carbon sequestration, biomass opportunities, planning, advanced road restoration, non-timber forest products, tree planting, fuel hazard reduction, Sudden Oak Death awareness and the annual Forestry Institute for Teachers.