I am a Research Assistant Professor in the Earth Systems Ecology Lab interested in forest disturbance ecology. My research in the lab is focused on quantifying the role of forest structure and landscape-level fuel conditions on the risk of high-severity fire in dry coniferous forests in California. Prior to joining the lab, I was a post-doc at UT Austin, where I researched the implications of size-related variation in tree mortality for forest structure in an old-growth forest in Washington, USA. While earning my PhD from Stanford, I studied fine-scale variation in topography in redwood forests and drought impacts on giant sequoia water balance. Prior to graduate school, I researched tropical tree wood density at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and spent a season as a technician on a project to ground-truth an aerial survey of bark-beetle-caused tree mortality in whitebark pine forests in Montana.