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.
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
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.
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
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: