Forest Ecology Lab

Our research focuses on understanding the factors that dictate plant species range limits. We are interested in population dynamics, migration patterns, and dispersal over multiple spatial and temporal scales



My broad research interests lie in understanding controls on species’ distributions. I am particularly interested in the factors that dictate range-limits and migration patterns of tree species. Using tree-rings, I also ask questions related to how tree growth is affected by climatic, topographic, and other abiotic factors. 



I teach a diverse range of classes in ecology and environmental science, including Forest Ecology and Management, Dendrology, Plant Ecology, Population and Community Ecology and ENV Seminar. Overall, my goal is to make whatever topic I am teaching dynamic and engaging, emphasizing critical thinking skills, and leaving my students with a greater appreciation of science as a discipline.


Lab News


  • January 2022 - We have 6 students working in the lab this spring semester: Devan Bushey, Hannah Cave, Zach Hart, Rob Kruse, Mikayla Osmer, and Ed Rosenburg

  • January 2022 - Congrats to Heather Thompson on our new publication on insects at the Flat Rock!

  • April 2021 - Congrats to Hannah Cave and all the other students on our publication on wildlife response to fire at the Flat Rock!