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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 be implemented.

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