I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences at Michigan State University. I’m also a member of Dr. Kyla Dahlin’s ERSAM LAB.
I earned my B.S. in Resource Conservation and a certificate in GIS Science and Technologies from the University of Montana’s College of Forestry in 2015. During and following my undergraduate work, I worked on vegetation monitoring projects in the Northern Rockies, as a cartographer for an international NGO, as an office support staff for a Wilderness training center, and at a cheese store.
My research examines the influences of environmental and anthropogenic controls on terrestrial ecosystem processes through the use of hyperspectral and LiDAR remote sensing, spatial statistics, ecological modeling, and field sampling. I approach this research in two main ways. First, by examining forest functional and structural trait diversity in temperate closed-canopy forests via field sampling, remote sensing, and ecological modeling. Second, by investigating how environmental controls and anthropogenic changes affect these traits, and the processes they drive, at a landscape scale through the use of spatial statistics.
I primarily use the programming language R for my research, but I also dabble in Python from time to time. While much of my research is focused on using computers to ask ecological questions, I always look forward to summertime, when I conduct field research at sites throughout the Eastern U.S.