We study the causes and consequence of wildfires over a range of spatial and temporal scales, in the past, present, and future. With roots in paleoecology, a consistent theme in our work is understanding how and why systems change over time. 

Current themes:

  • Post-fire tree regeneration in western coniferous forests
  • Social-ecological resilience to wildfire
  • Causes and ecosystem consequences of fire-regime variability in Rocky Mountain subalpine forests, Alaskan boreal forests, and Alaskan tundra ecosystems 
  • 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.


Western US, Rocky Mountains, Alaska, and the Arctic