Forest Research

Much of my research has focused on understanding the impacts of climate change and acid deposition and forest ecosystem health and nutrient cycling.

As a Postdoctoral Research Associate, I worked in boreal forest in Alaska, studying how changes in fire severity driven by climate change influence vegetation, plant-soil-microbial feedbacks, and permafrost stability. I also quantified how fire management practices influence ecosystem carbon storage and permafrost. This work was part of a large collaborative project aimed at coupling empirical research with model development to improve our understanding of the interactions among fire, vegetation, carbon cycling, and permafrost across Interior Alaska.

My dissertation research in temperate forests focused on studying how forest liming, used to ameliorate the effects of acid deposition, affects ecosystem carbon and nitrogen cycling, and how different tree species influence carbon, nitrogen, and calcium distribution in Northeastern U.S.