What do you enjoy most/what do you find most interesting about your research topic?
I am fascinated by what I call “mayhem in the forest” – disturbances like wildfire, windstorms, insect outbreaks, and volcanoes – and how forests develop over time in the presence of these events. I am especially interested in the different pathways forest stands take toward old-growth conditions.
How does citizen science support your research?
It’s essential to our project, in that it makes it possible to collect such a large dataset of acoustic recordings for this large landscape experiment.
What is one of your favorite moments in the field?
There are too many to pick from, but having a one-on-one close encounter with a mountain lion on the remote slopes of Mount Adams was pretty high on the list…once my heart started up again.