Mycorrhizae, meaning fungus root, are fungi that live inside of and on plant roots. Sometimes called a textbook mutualists, these organisms sometimes function as parasites and other times as mutualisms. My research interests explore the contingencies that influence mycorrhizal function.
People Involved: Nancy Johnson, Matthew Bowker, Bo Stevens
~ Forest Ecology and Communities
My research in forest ecology stems from the intrinsic connectedness of forested ecosystems to our livlihood. Our societies are built from wood, and vulnerable to the processes of forest disturbance, like fire. As we continue to expand development into flammable landscapes and cope with extreme fire weather, we have a lot to learn on how to have a meaningful connection with our forested ecosystems. My research has focused on post-fire ecosystem response and ecological silviculture.
People Involved: Marin Chambers, Matt Tuten, Kristen Pelz
Snow is a complex matrix of air, water, and ice that provides the majority of freshwater to human communities and ecosystems in much of the western United States. Snow is influenced by forest structure, and forest structure is manipulated by natural and human disturbances in forests. Snowtography is a tool to research the within and across site variation in snowpack as forest systems change in response to disturbance
People Involved: Ian Crews, Joel Biederman, Jake Kurzweil, Danny Margolis, Marcos Robles
~ Plant Community Ecology
My research interest in plant community ecology has focused on how alpine plant communities respond to global change scenarios. I have used manipulative and observational experiments to observe potential trajectories of change in high elevation ecosystems with particular interest in alpine specialists plant species
People Involved: Phil Krenning, Carol Dawson, Julie Kor