My research focuses on understanding how the combination of climate and ecology influence forest growth and function, specifically how nutrients cycle through the forest. I use tree rings as a tool to apply a timeline to forest processes and to study the interactions which occur at longer timescales. I seek to understand the full lifecycle of the forest, from stand establishment, to gap-phase dynamics, through the decay process.
In the past, my research has focused on applying a precise timeline to the physiochemical changes of decaying wood by applying tree-ring techniques to decayed samples. Currently, I am generating aboveground biomass estimates at a network of flux tower sites across the US to gain a better understanding of how both climate and stand dynamics interact to affect tree growth and carbon allocation.