Since May 2016, I have been a postdoctoral researcher in the Plant-Atmosphere Interactions working group (Division of Ecosystem-Atmosphere Interactions) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology's Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Atmospheric Environmental Research. I work at KIT's "Alpine Campus" (Campus Alpin) in beautiful Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

My interests broadly have to do with the interactions between humans and ecosystems.

Here, I'm helping to develop computer models that simulate how ecosystems, human societies, and the climate affect and feed back onto one another. Specifically, I am working to couple the LPJ-GUESS dynamic global vegetation model with the Parsimonious Land Use Model (PLUM). Once complete, I will use the coupled model to ask questions about how we might expect land use patterns, biome distributions, and biogeochemical cycles to evolve over the coming decades and centuries given scenarios of population growth, policy options, and technological and management changes.

I completed my PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University in April 2016, under the guidance of my adviser, Steve Pacala. There, I developed a global fire model that, for the first time, included a simulation of the ways people manage cropland and pasture using fire. I worked within the LM3 land and vegetation model run by the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (NOAA-GFDL).