Department: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station
Research: My research interests involve characterizing effects of fire and fuels treatments on forests. I am interested in these characterizations at both the stand and landscape levels. Active research areas include: 1) stand development/recovery following fuel reduction treatments and wildfires, 2) modeled effects of landscape fuel treatment networks, 3) fire severity patterns and interactions among managed wildfires in long-term natural fire areas, and 4) characterizing variability in forests under more natural fire regimes. My research intends to provide meaningful information to managers interested in improving forest resiliency and incorporating more natural fire-vegetation dynamics across landscapes.
Department: USDA Forest Service
Department: Plant Sciences
Research: I focus on how disturbance effects on forest ecosystem structure, function, and composition. I’m particularly interested in restoration of western conifer forests. I also work on carbon dynamics (storage and emissions) of forests in fire-prone ecosystems.
Department: Environmental Science and Policy
Research: Science application to applied forest management; disturbance (esp. fire) ecology; biogeography; conservation biology
Research: I am the National Coordinator for the Experimental Forests and Ranges Network within the Research and Development branch of the U.S. Forest Service. This work entails working with scientists and administrators with Forest Service R&D and with partners from Universities and other research institutions to develop research initiatives and enhance the capabilities of these facilities, singularly and as network. I have a background in wildlife ecology and landscape ecology.
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.