My primary research interests are the measurement, analysis, modeling, and error propagation in studies of ecological phenomena at broad spatial scales. During the last ten years I have concentrated on quantifying forest mass and energy cycles, structure, and disturbance. More recently my work has focused on integrating these data with spatially-explicit models of important biophysical parameters, chiefly photosynthesis and respiration, temperature, water vapor pressure, and precipitation in the development of process-based ecosystem models at landscape scales. This collaborative work is being conducted in cooperation with a number of scientists, including projects on bark beetle population dynamics from tree to landscape scales in the Intermountain West, and forest canopy ecophysiology and carbon fluxes in deciduous forest systems of the eastern United States.
I typically teach an introductory course in geographical information systems, a GIS practicum course, help teach an integrated land-use planning course, and teach a graduate colloquium or seminar on ecological modeling and/or spatial data analysis.
Prospective advisees should have undergraduate and/or graduate degrees which stress forest biology and/or forest ecosystems ecology, and an interest in forest ecosystems ecology. Additional quantitative methods and modeling coursework, e.g., strengths in statistics, programming, or analysis are particularly helpful.
ESPM 4295W/5295 GIS in Environmental Science and Management, 4 credits. FNRM 5131 Introducgtion to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Natural Resources, 4 credits.
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