Department of Ecology
and Evolutionary Biology
University of Michigan
I am a PhD candidate in the EEB Department at the University of Michigan working under Robyn Burnham. I am currently a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellow conducting research in Panama.
Tropical forests, previously thought to be in a state of dynamic equilibrium, have been found to be undergoing a change in their dynamics. Of particular concern is the increasing dominance of lianas (woody climbing vines). Changing concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide have been implicated as a driver of these recently observed changes. My research is divided into three main areas:
Measuring liana growth response under elevated CO2
Mapping liana canopy dominance using remote sensing techniques
Quantifying biomass change in areas of high liana dominance