My research focuses on the effects of land use and forest management practices on evapotranspiration partitioning and water yield. My previous research has quantified the hydrologic effects of different land uses and forest management practices in the southeast U.S and quantified precipitation partitioning for bioenergy plantations. I will be joining the Jones Center at Ichuaway in late January 2021 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate where I will work on modeling the water yield effects of Longleaf pine restoration and forest management practices on the southeast Coastal Plain.


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


  • Ph.D. Forestry and Natural Resources, 2020

    University of Georgia

  • M.S. Geography, 2013

    University of Georgia

  • BS Geography, 2010

    Radford University


My research focus is on quantifying water use and water source partitioning of forest stands from watershed to plot scales. I use a combination of methodos including isotopic tracers, water flux estimates from USGS stream gauges, and field data from sap flow, soil moisture and water level logger sensor networks.

Affiliated Labs:


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.