PhD, Ecology, University of California, Davis (2011)
MS, Botany, Miami University (2002)
BS, Biology, Missouri State University (1999)
BM, Music Performance, Missouri State University (1996)
2014 - present Assistant Professor, Mercyhurst University
2013 - 2014 Adjunct Instructor, Folsolm Lake College
2012 - 2014 Post-doctoral Researcher, UC Davis & U.
2009 - 2012 Graduate Research Assistant, UC-Davis
2005 - 2010 Graduate Teaching Assistant, UC-Davis
2002 - 2005 Research Ecologist/Botanist, Forest Service
2001 - 2002 Lecturer, Miami University
1999 - 2002 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Miami U.
My research interests are in plant population and community ecology, dendrochronology, historical ecology, climate change and management impacts on vegetation. I am particularly interested in the growth and distribution of trees and how they respond to climate and management.
Current and Recently Completed Projects:
Currently, I am researching how the structure and composition of forests of the Sierra Nevada, California (USA) have changed over the last several decades and the causes of those changes. For my dissertation research, I resampled historical forest plots in subalpine forests and compared modern and historical conditions. I also used tree cores to examine the relationship between growth and climate for several subalpine conifer species across a broad range of topography. I also carried out research in China, on forest succession and the growth-climate relationship of trees in high elevations of the Sichuan province.
For the Kings River Experimental Watershed (KREW), I designed and implemented a vegetation survey to address forest management impacts on riparian vs. upland forest communities of the southern Sierra Nevada. My Master's research assessed the feasibility of an alternative forestry system in Peruvian lowland tropical rain forest.