Moscow, Idaho, USA
University of Idaho
I am a plant ecologist studying how past and present climatic conditions affect plant survival and growth. As a post-doc with the Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research at the University of Idaho, I study the effects of drought on western conifers in an effort to improve the success of production forestry as climate change dries out the landscapes where these species are grown. My PhD research with Dr. Amy V. Whipple at Northern Arizona University focused on responses of southwestern white pine (P. strobiformis) to heat exposure during seed production, seed germination, and early seedling growth. That work revealed that warmer temperatures during seed production leads to problems with seedling germination and survival. We are now exploring molecular epigenetic patterns of heat exposure to determine whether observed effects of seed warming are due strictly to short-term physiological changes or potentially longer-term epigenetic changes that might pose a multigenerational threat to forest reproductive processes.