I have two constellations of biogeographic research, both involving GIS and landscape analyses.
First, I have well-developed expertise in
reconstructing fire frequency, climate change and vegetation dynamics
using historical and paleoecological methods. The general goals of
this research have been to understand how forest ecosystems operate in
an integrated manner, and to provide baseline information for applied
forest management and for theoretical modeling studies.
Second, I am exploring relations between
ecological conservation, ecosystem dynamics and the appreciation of
nature. These interests reflect the desire to link my research on
ecosystem dynamics more tightly with ecosystem management
plans. These interests also reflect my recent recognition that both the
study of nature and the act of conservation are fundamentally based on
the appreciation of nature. If the appreciation of nature is not
explicitly recognized, then the goals of conservation are less likely to