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I am an Assistant Research Professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems (SICCS) at Northern Arizona University, where I am a member of the GEODE lab (PI: Scott Goetz). My research relies on the integration of field and remotely-sensed data to examine global forest community dynamics including drivers of biodiversity and structure, ecoclimatic constraints on biogeographic distributions, and the joint effects of diversity and structure on productivity, habitat, and wildfires. This research program is funded by NASA, CAL FIRE, and other agencies, and is part of international efforts to model multi-scale ecological processes by integrating global-extent, space-borne lidar and hyperspectral remote-sensing (e.g. NASA GEDI and SBG) with airborne data and field data from large ecological observation networks like the NSF’s NEON. Results ultimately seek to inform and support local- to global-scale wildfire and conservation policy, planning, and practice. Here is my curriculum vitae.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2017    PhD   Ecology

Harvard University

2007    MA      Regional Studies East Asia

Reed College

2004    BA       Chinese Studies


Northern Arizona University

2022–        Assistant Research Professor

School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems (SICCS)

2019–22    Postdoctoral Researcher

GEODE lab (PI: Scott Goetz)

Rice University

2017–        Kinder Scholar

Kinder Institute for Urban Research

2017–19    Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Rice Academy of Fellows & Department of Statistics


2014–17    Fellow

Earth and Space Science Program


University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

2014          Instructor

Department of Geography

2011–14    Teaching Assistant

Departments of Geography and Ecology

Yale University

2010–11    University Fellow

Forestry and Environmental Science

Solarbuzz LLC

2007–10    Consultant, San Francisco, CA

The Nature Conservancy

2007          Communications Assistant, Kunming, China

Harvard University

2005–07    Research Assistant

Dept. of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Cambridge, MA.

2006          Secretary

Harvard Beijing Academy, Cambridge, MA and Beijing, China

World Wildlife Fund

2005          Research Intern, Kunming, China

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