My long-term research interests are to understand the abiotic and biotic controls of plant species distributions, vegetation structure, and productivity in managed and unmanaged forests. I am particularly interested in
- the processes by which topography shapes coarse-scaled climate influences into locally-scaled biophysical drivers,
- physiological response of organisms to changes in their environment,
- the emergent response of vegetation structure and composition to shifts in environmental gradients, and
- approaches to modeling biophysical processes and vegetation response in space and time.
To address questions in these areas of research, the Forest Landscape Ecology lab employs a wide range of analytical tools including remote sensing methodologies aimed at producing spatially continuous estimates of vegetation composition, structure, and physiological functioning, statistical and terrain modeling techniques to develop spatial estimates of biophysical drivers, and modern statistical methods to link the two. The main thrust of our research is to understand the linkages between biophysical drivers and vegetation response, the physiological processes involved in these linkages, the spatial scales at which these linkages operate, and approaches to modeling and mapping these processes.