Hello! I am a postdoctoral fellow at Urban Ecology Research Lab, University of Utah. I earned PhD and MS in Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine and MS (equivalent) in Physics at Moscow State University (Russia).
I study water relations of urban plants: how much water plants use? what are seasonal and spatial patterns? how large are the differences between and within species and what drives them? what is the role of water transport mechanisms inside the plants? how to predict water use of individual plants and landscapes?
Why focus on urban plants? Ironically, urban environments - where most of the US population lives - are not well understood, and we are yet to find the ways to improve water efficiency of urban landscapes. Currently, I work on estimating water consumption of urban forest in the city of Los Angeles where water issues are especially pressing. The major challenges here are