Combining data from satellites, aircraft, and fieldwork helps further our basic understanding of ecology and allows for insight into conservation practices. I work across a large number of scientific fields and study locations, and consequently much of my work in this space is highly collaborative. My emphasis is on nonlinear statistical models, with particular focus on bridging the gaps between different scales of observations. Below are some select recent publications.
Despite their prevalence in image processing, CNNs have been relatively slow to be adopted in the context of ecology. This, however, is rapidly changing, and in this review we discuss emerging trends, good practices, and what lies ahead for CNNs in ecology.
As hot droughts become more frequent and more severe, it is important for long‐term forest management to understand which forests are at risk and which have the capacity to withstand these events. The findings in this California-based study are an important first step towards assessing spatially explicit forest stability in the face of a changing climate.
Accurately characterizing the spatial distribution of species composition in the dense, Amazonian tropics has remained an open challenge. Here, we demonstrate that imaging spectroscopy can be used to map beta diversity, examine spectral similarity over large distances, and test ecological theory of species distributions.
Forest carbon stocks in Malaysian Borneo are some of the highest observed on the planet. This mapping effort demonstrates not only the extreme values, but also the relatively high carbon of logged forests, indicating a significant carbon sink potential with new conservation efforts.
Changes in canopy water content can be used as an advance indicator of tree mortality. We explore this relationship in a variety of conifer communities throughout the Sierra Nevada in California.
Tree mortality during drought is sensitive to a variety of environmental variables. This study explores these impacts along an elevation gradient in Sequoia National Park in California.
Socioeconomic factors combine with environmental drivers to shape the distribution of albizia, one of the most invasive tree species in Hawaii.
California underwent a drought of historic proportions between 2012 and 2015, and the effects still resonate today. This study explores trends in canopy water content in forests throughout the state.