My research focuses on the hydrologic effects of forest and land management practices in the southeast U.S. I joined the Landscape Ecology Lab at the Jones Center at Ichuaway in January 2021 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate where I’m working on modeling the streamflow effects of Longleaf pine restoration and other NRCS conservation practices on the southeast Coastal Plain. Evapotranspiration is the largest terrestrial water flux after precipitation and controls how much water is left over to recharge groundwater and supply flow to streams and rivers. My past research quantified evapotranspiration of different forest types in the southeast U.S and quantified precipitation and evapotranspiration partitioning in young bioenergy plantations.

Interests

  • Hydrology
  • Evapotranspiration
  • Data driven decision making
  • GIS Applications and Automation
  • Geomorphology

Education

  • Ph.D. Forestry and Natural Resources, 2020

    University of Georgia, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

  • M.S. Geography, 2013

    University of Georgia, Geography Department

  • BS Geography, 2010

    Radford University, Geography Department

Publications

Relationships among forest type, watershed characteristics, and watershed ET in rural basins of the Southeastern US

We found regional forested watershed evapotranspiration is primarily controlled by abiotic factors, but forest type has some control on evapotranspiration and reduces watershed discharge.

Do southern Appalachian Mountain summer stream temperatures respond to removal of understory rhododendron thickets?

We investigated how understory riparian rhododendron thickets moderate summer stream temperatures using a paired watershed approach. Removal of this low light microclimate produced significant, but highly variable increases in summer stream temperatures.

Wetness Index based on Landscape position and Topography (WILT): Modifying the TWI using parameters related to landscape positions

We created Wetness Index based on Landscape position and Topography by modifying the classic Topographic Wetness Index (TWI) to better incorporate topography and improve performance on low relief groundwater dominated landscapes.

Woody bioenergy crop selection can have large effects on water yield: A southeastern United States case study

We compared water use of of 14-year old Sweetgum and Loblolly pine grown under intensive management. We found that Sweetgum were able to utilize almost 100% of precipitation while pine were efficient in their water use.

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