About

The PaleoEcology and Fire Ecology Lab focuses on understanding the interactions among climate, vegetation, and fire regimes over a range of spatial and temporal scales, in the past, present, and future

Current themes:

  • Climate-vegetation-fire interactions across a range of temporal scales in boreal forest, subalpine forest, and arctic tundra ecosystems
  • Post-fire tree regeneration in Rocky Mountain forests
  • Climate-tree growth relationships in Alaskan boreal forests 
  • Informing terrestrial ecosystem models with paleoecological data
  • Understanding the origin and analysis of sediment-charcoal records for reconstructing fire history and fire regimes

Tools:

The lab uses lake sediments, tree rings, observational records, and statistical modeling to study ecosystems from time scales spanning the past several decades to the past 15,000 years.

Locations:

U.S. Rocky Mountains, Alaska, the Arctic, and Tasmania