I am a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto. As an ecosystem ecologist, I use remote sensing and geospatial techniques to investigate how ecosystems and their capacity to support human well-being are changing under continuing climate change and other anthropogenic pressures.
As a part of NSERC ResNet, I am monitoring ecosystem services (e.g., nature's contributions to people, nature's gifts) across landscapes in Canada by integrating field measurements, census data, citizen science, and remotely sensed imagery. We are particularly interested in encouraging method harmonization, understanding the drivers behind ecosystem service interactions, and attributing the drivers that best explain ecosystem change.
For my doctoral research, I explored how forests will respond to increases in droughts and heatwaves projected under climate change, by studying the impacts of the 2011 drought on the forests and woodlands of Texas. We developed remote sensing approaches that improved monitoring of forest disturbances from droughts and heatwaves at regional scales. We also developed modelling approaches, to improve forecasts of forest vulnerability to future droughts and heatwaves under continuing climate change.
My research interests include ecosystem services, forest disturbance, global change ecology, remote sensing, geospatial analysis, and landscape ecology. I'm drawn to ecological questions relevant to large spatial scales, that require the integration of spatial datasets across agencies and platforms. In my research I predominantly use the following programming languages: R, Python, and IDL/ENVI API.