Ashley Ballantyne, PhD
My background is in the ecological and earth sciences and I am curious about the interactions between Earth's climate and biology over a range of scales. My research seeks to gain insight into factors regulating Earth's climate in the past as well as factors limiting CO2 uptake in the future. Earth's climate and biogeochemical cycles are inextricably linked and I find this fascinating.
Alisa Wade PhD, Research Scientist
I am a spatial ecologist and conservation scientist with a particular interest in bridging the gap between science and management. I hold a PhD in Earth Sciences (Colorado State University) and completed postdoctoral research with the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS, UC Santa Barbara). I am currently working with the Montana IOE to conduct a climate impact assessment for forested lands in Montana. I am interested in using spatial and statistical models to inform conservation planning, working at the nexus of human-environment interactions.
Zhihua Liu PhD, Research Scientist
My research aims to understand the interactions among vegetation dynamics, wildfire, and climate change at large spatiotemporal scales. My research relies heavily on quantitative geospatial methods, including geographic information systems, remote sensing, geospatial statistics, and development and application of spatially-explicit process models. I have a Ph.D. from the Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2010). Before moving to University of Montana, I worked as assistant professor at Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Postdoctoral Researcher at Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence, South Dakota State University. I am currently working on understanding terrestrial ecosystem carbon exchange and its relation to disturbances in North America.
Tamara Fletcher, Postdoctoral Researcher
"I am interested in the climate and palaeoenvironment of the Canadian High Arctic during the Early to mid-Pliocene Warm Period, ~4 million years ago. We are particularly motivated by the puzzle of polar amplification of arctic temperatures during past warm periods and their relevance for future climate change. The Arctic is a critical part of the climate system, yet the combination of feedbacks driving temperatures at the poles is not known. I use biological proxies of climate and environments to investigate these questions."
Annie Cooper, PhD candidate
I am originally from Eastern Washington and was an undergraduate at Whitman College where I studied biology and mathematics. I am interested in how disturbance shapes ecosystems and more specifically how changes in the frequency and intensity of disturbance may affect the carbon balance of forest ecosystems. In my research, I combine satellite observations with forest metrics to gain new insight on the response of ecosystem dynamics to changes in disturbance. When not studying ecosystem disturbance, I can often be found hiking a trail, skiing a slope, or floating a river.
Charlotte Reed, MSc candidate
My interests encompass climate change ecology, plant ecophysiology, and how past plant responses to climate can help predict future ecosystem responses to global climate change. I am a Seattle native, but have spent the past six years in California where my ecological interests developed while working in Sequoia National Park. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Santa Cruz my research focused on the effects of drought and climate variability on sagebrush physiology in the eastern Sierra Nevada. My current research combines dendrochronology, stable isotope analysis and plant ecophysiology to understand how conifer responses to recent climate change may provide insight into future carbon dynamics in forested ecosystems.
Andrew Hursh, MSc graduated