I am an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Arizona's Biosphere 2 and the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at UA.
I am an ecosystem ecologist who is interested in global change and human-dominated systems. My research explores the responses of biogeochemical cycling in soils to altered environmental regimes, with a focus on linking community structure and ecosystem functioning. I'm particularly interested in the ecology of cities, and also work in arid systems undergoing multiple environmental changes (including altered precipitation patterns and plant species composition changes). I also work at the intersection of ecological and social sciences to develop an integrated understanding of human ecosystems.
The P-Z lab is recruiting a few students: (1) A graduate RA on our riparian resilience project, (2) a UA grad student to work on imaging in urban forests, and (3) a UA grad student to work on questions of ecosystem services and ecohydrology in the San Pedro basin this summer
Our Biosphere 2 REU Site was renewed by NSF! Know any undergraduates interested in doing cutting edge research in Earth and environmental sciences?
A pilot study to use hemispherical photography and hyperspectral imagery in urban forests was funded for 2013 by a TREE Fund John Z. Duling Grant. We are happy to be collaborating with Dave Breshears at the University of Arizona on this project.
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