I joined the ESEL as a Ph.D. student after receiving my Masters degree from the University of Alabama’s Forest Dynamics Lab and my Bachelor degrees from the University of Maryland. My research interests broadly focus around forests and disturbances, with a specific interest in forest and fire interactions. For my Masters, I studied the temporal patterns of ground flora recovery post-prescribed fire, but also had secondary projects quantifying the vertical light structure of a stand after a tornado and the response of macrofungal communities after a tornado and salvage harvesting. I am now interested in studying ways to quantify ecologically meaningful fire severity across a landscape as well as the seasonality of wildfire characteristics in southwestern U.S. forests.
Willson, K.G., C.R. Barefoot, J.L. Hart, C.J. Schweitzer, D.C. Dey. Temporal patterns of ground flora response to fire in thinned Pinus-Quercus stands. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, In Press.
Willson, K.G., L.E. Cox, J.L. Hart, D.C. Dey. Three-dimensional light structure of an upland Quercus stand post-tornado disturbance. Journal of Forestry Research, In Press.
Willson, K.G., Perantoni, A.N., Berry, Z.C., et al., 2017. Influences of reduced iron and magnesium on growth and photosynthetic performance of Phragmites australis subsp. americanus (North American common reed). Aquatic Botany, 137, 30-38.