Every forest on earth has a memory that surpasses human history. Each species is a mosaic of traits and environmental tolerances that have been cultivated by a long successful struggle to survive in harsh conditions.
Considered together, these ecological communities form a network of biological information that can tell us about past environments, current distributions, and future resilience.
My research seeks to better understand these networks so we can forecast how intensifying anthropogenic disturbances will affect the structure, diversity, and function of forests.
Answering these intricate questions requires all the tools we have — and the patience to develop the ones we don't. As such, my work relies upon a mixture of field and greenhouse experiments, remote sensing, and the development and use of open-source data and analytical resources.