My research focuses on using traditional and experimental silviculture practices to achieve a spectrum of objectives in a landscape, including commodity production, habitat creation, and ecosystem restoration. The art and science of forest management has not fundamentally changed in the last decade, but the objectives have broadened and become more controversial. This forces our forest management actions to be more creative, complex, adaptive and defensible.
We have initiated research projects to evaluate the role of stand structure and dynamics on fire hazard, mature forest development, sustainable forest management, and post-fire recovery. Our silviculture research considers the broad economic, ecological, and sociopolitical implications on forest.