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 on Woodstock, VT.
I am interested in the ecology and management of insects and the effects of disturbance on forest ecology. I am particularly interested in how climate, natural enemies, and host resources (e.g., forest composition and host abundance) affect insect population fluctuations in time and space.
I use a combination of field surveying, laboratory and field experimentation, and spatio-temporal population modeling in my research. Laboratory studies focus on insect development, behavior and physiology. My field studies combine manipulative and observational components to evaluate factors affecting spatial and temporal patterns in abundance.
• 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