Quaking Aspen Ecology in the State, Region, and World
Fundamentally, I am a biogeographer. My work investigates human impacts on natural forest systems
In the Rocky Mountains, aspen forests provide oases of biodiversity and connectivity. The uniqueness of aspen’s ecology begs for a new paradigm in broad-scale conservation, one that fully understands process and linkage at multiple scales. My primary research explores, forest succession, disturbance, climate, and herbivory and provides fertile ground for information and idea exchange internationally. I am most well known for my studies associated with Utah’s giant aspen clone known as “Pando” – ‘a forest of one tree’ – thought to be the largest living organism on earth (dry weight mass). Though I continue to publish work on Pando, I am now trying to connect aspen scientists around the northern hemisphere under the banner of the Aspen Conservation Consortium.