I am a biogeographer and palaeoecologist that grew up in the heart of the US Rocky Mountains. I spent a great deal of time in the outdoors, camping, skiing, hiking and fishing with family and friends, and through these experiences gained an appreciation and curiosity of the environment.
I have a particular fascination with biodiverse regions and understanding the controls that have allowed them to develop and be maintained. My research interests are in the areas of vegetation and climate history and the role of disturbance, in particular fire, as a catalyst for environmental change during the Quaternary. Pollen, macrofossils and charcoal preserved in lake and wetland sediments are the main proxies that I use to reconstruct vegetation, fire and climate.