S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources
Outstanding Graduate Mentor of the Year
Jim is an Assistant Professor at the S. J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources at Utah State University. He studies the ecosystems of western North America to contribute to science-based conservation and management of our natural resources in the face of changing climate and demography. His interests include the demography and spatial patterns of primary forests, especially the causes of tree death, and how fire shapes old-growth forest communities. He is the principal investigator for three Smithsonian-affiliated large forest dynamics plots, in California, Washington, and Utah, which anchor his research and provide training and research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. Previously he worked in engineering and finance.