Natural disturbance, fire ecology, macroecology, and conservation
I was originally trained as a physicist, and I switched into the field of ecology after spending some valuable seasons in the field researching birds. I now study macroecology, focusing on ecosystems that have recently experienced ecological disturbances.
I use an information-entropy based framework of macroecology that predicts spatial scaling, metabolic rate distributions, and and species-level and community-level metrics of species diversity and abundance to work at the intersection of biodiversity conservation, disturbance ecology, fire management, and disease ecology.
Where I am
Previously, I had the great pleasure of working with Don Falk and Don McKenzie, and was co-employed at the School of Natural Resources at the U of A, and at the Pacific Wildland Fire Laboratory of the US Forest Service in Seattle, WA.
I received my PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, where I researched ecological patterns in natural disturbance regimes and systems that have experienced anthropogenic disruption in the labs of Dr. John Harte and Dr. Max Moritz.