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Much of my research, and that of my graduate students, concerns projects in California. As elsewhere, we are interested in the relationship between climate change, vegetation history and ecosystem disturbance.

Research in Southern California

Presently we are working in several areas of the state. In southern California, we are studying sites on the Channel Islands and adjacent continental areas; and within the Transverse and Peninsular Ranges. In the mid-coastal regions, we presently have projects north and south of San Francisco in Point Reyes National Seashore, and at Laguna de las Trancas north of Santa Cruz. At more inland locations, we have a long record of research in vegetation and fire history in the Sierra Nevada, and are working also in the Owens Valley.

For more about our southern California research, view an annotated slideshow.