My interests are piqued by questions of paleoclimatology, anthropogenic climate change, water resources management, old-growth forest conservation, and the connection between scientific knowledge and society. My research tools include spatial and temporal data analyses, statistics, remote sensing and geographic information systems, landscape photography, vegetation mapping and general field methods.  I am an expert in the development and interpretation of tree-ring records of environmental variability.

My work focuses on climate variability and climate change as top-down drivers of Earth’s water cycle and other biophysical systems. Paleoclimatology offers unique context for framing modern climate dynamics and anthropogenic climate change. My dissertation is focused on paleoclimatology of the North American monsoon and is part of a larger monsoon project. I have participated in other studies of North American drought, California hydroclimatology, and the survival of non-commercial old-growth forests.