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Professor of Fire Ecology, University of Montana

I am a professor in the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences at the University of Montana, where I direct the PaleoEcology and Fire Ecology Lab, funded largely from the National Science Foundation and Joint Fire Science Program. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in fire and disturbance ecology, and I advise graduate students and post docs. Work from our lab group spans western North America and has revealed how fire activity varies with climate change in recent decades and the distant past, and how forest ecosystems respond to these changes.

I earned a BA in biology and environmental studies from Middlebury College, and a MS and PhD in forest ecosystem analysis from the University of Washington. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Montana in 2015, I was an assistant professor at the University of Idaho for six years.

You can learn more about research in my lab through our web site:


  • 2021–present
    Professor, The University of Montana
  • 2015–2021
    Associate professor, The University of Montana
  • 2009–2015
    Assistant professor, The University of Idaho


  • 2006 
    University of Washington, PhD, Forest Ecology
  • 2002 
    University of Washington, MS, Forest Ecology
  • 1998 
    Middlebury College, BA, Biology, Environmental Studies, Geology