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

Current themes:

  • Post-fire tree regeneration in Rocky Mountain forests
  • Social-ecological resilience to wildfire
  • Climate-vegetation-fire interactions across a range of temporal scales in boreal forest, subalpine forest, and arctic tundra ecosystemsAlaskan boreal forests 
  • Informing terrestrial ecosystem models with paleoecological data


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.


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