I study the ecological effects of climate change on plant communities from developmental processes (such as leaf and flower phenology), to local extinctions and demography (such as shifts in treeline). My research explores these changes in plant communities over multiple time scales — from the recent Anthropocene to the last 15,000 years — and intentionally cultivates partnerships to inform management and conservation decisions. I am interested in underutilized sources of historical ecology data including herbarium specimens, field notebooks, photographs, and old floras; the potential for citizen science in phenology research; and the intersection of science and policy.
Currently, I am a David H. Smith conservation research postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Jacquelyn Gill at the University of Maine and Dr. Abe Miller-Rushing at Acadia National Park. My field sites are located in Acadia National Park and Baxter State Park, Maine, where I work with the National Park Service; Baxter State Park Authority; Schoodic Education and Research Center; the Mount Desert Island Historical Society; and Maine Natural History Observatory.