Solomon Dobrowski received a B.S. in Resource Management from UC Berkeley and an M.S. in Horticulture and a Ph.D. in Ecology from UC Davis. His research involves exploring linkages among climate, topography, fire, and vegetation.
Caitlin Littlefield, Forest Landscape Ecologist
Caitlin is a forest landscape ecologist interested in how we can adapt forests to climatic changes and shifting disturbance regimes, how to enhance landscape connectivity, and how to grow a more inclusive conservation movement. Originally from New England, Caitlin attended Middlebury College and completed her Masters in Forest Ecology at the University of Vermont before trekking west to pursue a PhD in Conservation and Landscape Ecology at the University of Washington. Caitlin is now a Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center research fellow in Solomon Dobrowski’s lab at the University of Montana. Currently, she’s mapping socio-ecological priorities for climate adaptation on forested PNW public lands as well as using large-scale forest inventory data to explore how forests are responding to warming temperatures. Caitlin is an avid skier and biker, an aspiring bowl-turner, and a mediocre but hopeful gardener.
Leonardo Calle, Post-Doctoral Researcher
Leo pursues research questions related to ecosystem structure and function. He is a systems modeler and is interested in using mathematics to help explain ecosystem dynamics. He completed his PhD in Ecology and Environmental Science at Montana State University in May 2019. His dissertation research investigated the role of ecosystem demography and land use change on global carbon cycling, from terrestrial vegetation to atmospheric dynamics. His Master's degree was granted from Florida Atlantic University; the research focused on tides, hydrology, and wading bird-habitat relationships using processed-based models and lots of kayaking. From Miami, Florida, he now lives in Montana with his partner, Ingrid, and toddler, Henry.
Robin Dixon, M.S. student
Robin is originally from Virginia, and received a B.S. in Biology from the College of William and Mary in 2017. She is currently a Master’s student in the Department of Forest Management. Her research focuses on understanding forest regeneration potential by modelling the hydrologic, climatic, and physiological dimensions of plant stress on a landscape scale. Like all true ecologists, she loves being outside. You can usually find her climbing, trail running, or trying to grow vegetables on her tiny apartment patio.
Taylor Margot, M.S. student
Taylor graduated from UC Berkeley in 2010 with a B.A. in History and a B.A. in American Studies. He received a J.D. in 2013 from Berkeley Law School and practiced corporate law in San Francisco until 2017. When not skiing or fly fishing, you can find him praying for low pressure systems.
Taylor studies carbon sequestration and best practices for the design and implementation of carbon offset projects. By regulating greenhouse gas emission levels, cap and trade markets seek to align the interests of business and climate change mitigation by incentivizing environmentally conscious practices. His research focuses on understanding optimal methods for sequestering carbon with the principal goal of providing land owners the information and methods necessary to implement a carbon offset project on their land.
Drew Lyons, M.S. student
Drew Lyons is a master's student from Olympia, Wash. studying in the Department of Forest Management. His research focuses on conifer regeneration, and how environmental stress affects seedling mortality. In his free time you can find him hiking, climbing, writing music and playing guitar.