I am a plant ecophysiologist broadly interested in how local meteorology and climate variability impact plant function and distributions. The focus of my research is on understanding the influence of coastal fog on plant water and carbon relations in both natural and managed ecosystems. I use a variety of research techniques, including field-based ecological studies, controlled manipulative experiments, and spatial analyses to address research questions at multiple spatial and temporal scales.
Bio update: I am excited to join the faculty at San Francisco State University in the Geography & Environment Department as an Assistant Professor this August. I look forward to building my research program to continue fog research!
Recent project: In March 2017, I completed a two-year USDA-NIFA postdoctoral research fellowship program studying the effects of coastal fog on crop water use from leaf to landscape scales. While we know quite a bit about how coastal fog influences plant function in natural ecosystems, this is the first mechanistically-based study to examine the impact of coastal fog on crop function. Furthermore, the results from this work can be used to inform irrigation decisions in coastal agricultural systems, which is timely given that many farm managers are tasked to make more sustainable water use decisions in the near future. We have one manuscript in review and another manuscript in-prep based on this research.
In the news: I was interviewed in summer 2016 along with other fog researchers as part of an episode of TechKnow, an Al-Jazeera program, about water scarcity, drought, and fog. You can check it out here: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/techknow/2017/04/science-water-sustainability-170423204003869.html
Contact info (beginning Aug. 1st 2017) Department of Geography & Environment San Francisco State University 1600 Holloway Ave. San Francisco, CA 94132 Email: email@example.com