Research in our lab centers on the ecology of terrestrial ecosystems and the influence of disturbances in shaping the distribution and spatial heterogeneity of plant communities and ecosystems. Much of our work attempts to understand how the combination of site factors, biotic interactions, natural disturbances, and humans affect landscape patterns and ecosystem processes in forests. In particular, we are interested in how changing climate has (and will) affect the processes that shape disturbance dynamics and the interaction of disturbances that control plant community distribution, structure, function, and succession, particularly in forests. Nearly all of our research is field-based, supplemented by GIS, remote sensing, and simulation modeling.
Prospective graduate students may contact Dan to discuss their interests and goals and potential openings in our lab.