I am an environmental scientist interested in past and present landscape processes, and how these relate to human activities. My specialization is in the Great Basin region of North America and semi-arid mountain geography, where I have been living and working for decades. I seek to better understand how past climatic history has influenced all aspects of modern landscapes, and how this knowledge can aid people in their actions as they live today and plan for the future.
Tools that I use to observe the natural world include the study of tree-ring records, in-situ monitoring using electronic sensory systems, and automated collection of daily imagery on sites of interest. Syntheses of these observed data across scales of time and space increase my personal understanding of past and present processes and enable me to ask better questions. I leverage modern technology to effectively communicate findings and real-time information from remote locations to a wide audience. I see the scientific process itself as an orderly, useful tool to help people optimize their activities in regards to each other and the world around them.