“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” -John Muir
I am a keen enthusiast of trees and the marvelous ecosystems and landscapes they come together and create. My passion is understanding how interactions between physical and biological environments from micro to macro scales shape these systems.
Broadly, my research interests center around spatial and disturbance ecology, with my current focus on the landscape (spatial) epidemiology of emerging infectious diseases in forest ecosystems. I draw on my diverse background of experience to develop and answer questions about how disease-environment interactions affect forest ecosystems. Using statistical and geospatial methods to integrate spatially explicit longitudinal field data with sensor data, such as land cover and microclimate, I aim to gain insights on the ecological and social impacts of forest disturbances through space and time. By increasing our understanding of how humans processes are a part of “natural” systems and effectively communicating our knowledge, we scientists can help make decisions that promote the resiliency of ecosystem functions that support us on our pale blue dot.
“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every ‘superstar,’ every ‘supreme leader,’ every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.” -Carl Sagan, “Pale Blue Dot,” 1994