Research in the Vegetation Dynamics Lab is focused on identifying the causes and consequences of vegetation change in ecological communities from both a theoretical and applied perspective. We work mainly in forested ecosystems where fire is a predominant disturbance agent. Particular interests include:
- the role of natural and human caused disturbance in driving vegetation change and maintaining species diversity;
- disturbance interactions and how they constrain or promote future change;
- climate-disturbance interactions;
- disturbance and forest stand population dynamics;
- forest structure, fire behavior, and fire effects; and
- ecological restoration.
Faculty and graduate students in the laboratory usually collaborate closely with natural resource agencies in executing their research.
The director is Alan Taylor.