I am currently an ecologist with the National Park Service's Inventory and Monitoring Division. I lead the long-term monitoring of aquatic and terrestrial resources for the Northeast Temperate Network based in Woodstock, VT.
My research interests include the ecology and management of native and invasive insects and the effects of disturbance on forest ecology. I am particularly interested in how weather and climate, natural enemies, and host resource composition affect economically and ecologically significant fluctuations of insect populations in space and time and the use of biological control as a management tool. My recent projects have examined local to landscape-scale interactions between southern pine beetle and its primary predator, the role of warming winters on forest insect population dynamics, and the effects of seasonal variation on insect seasonality and resulting outbreak risk.
• Spatial ecology of southern pine beetle and its predator (link)
• Population ecology of the hemlock woolly adelgid in western USA
• Effects of temperature on life history (bark beetles and other forest insects)
• Local- to regional-scale evaluations of biological control and the ecology of Dalmatian toadflax.
• Warming winters and bark beetle outbreaks (link)
National Park Service
Inventory and Monitoring Program
54 Elm Street
Woodstock, VT 05091