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Recent and Current Projects, Told in Photos

Most of my research falls under the subdiscipline of dendroecology, the application of tree-ring data and methods to address ecological questions.  Current projects mainly involve reconstructing forest and fire histories across vegetation, landscape, and regional gradients, and as affected by climate variability and changes in human land use.  The overall goal of these studies is to provide a longer-term perspective on ecosystem patterns and processes, especially to assess where current conditions may be unsustainable and where management intervention - such as ecological restoration - may be needed.  Evidence of past ecosystem conditions provides answers for the "what" and "why" of ecological restoration efforts: what do we restore to, and why is it important to do so?  Knowledge of historical conditions provides not only guidance but - perhaps more importantly - justification for restoration efforts designed to return an altered or degraded ecosystem to some semblance of its longer-term ecological trajectory. 

A main project at the moment is the Front Range Forest Reconstruction Network (FRFRNet).  We are reconstructing historical stand structure and tree spatial patterns across a series of sites across the montane zone of the Colorado Front Range to provide information for structural restoration efforts.  The project is funded by the Front Range National Forests (Arapahoe-Roosevelt and Pike-San Isabel), the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute at Colorado State University, and Boulder County Parks and Open Space.

Miscellaneous tree-ring photos; again please let me know (pmb [at] rmtrr [dot] org) if you would like to use any of these.  For one thing, I have higher resolution versions I can send to you.
   

Miscellaneous views of mainly ponderosa pine forests, various locations.

A recent trip to the San Juans, including a short tour of the Sand Creek Fire that burned during summer 2012 in the Piedra River area. This is near the area that Ros Wu and I collected fire history data. I am hoping to have a paper out on those data sometime by spring 2013.     

Zion National Park. Tom Swetnam, Don Falk, and I are doing a vegetation assessment for the Park that should be completed sometime early in 2013.
 

The 2011 North American Dendroecological Fieldweek was held at the Mountain Lake Biological Station in Virginia.  Here are a few photos from the week (follow the link to the NADEF website to see the reports from the week):

The 2010 North American Dendroecological Fieldweek was held in the White Mountains in California, home of the most ancient trees on Earth, the bristlecone pine.  Follow the link to the NADFE site to see the reports and work we did during the week; it's always amazing to me how much work does get done at the fieldweeks!  Here are a few photos I took from the week in the White Mountains:

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