About Laura

My primary research focus is the ecology of southwest forest ecosystems, considering tree growth and community response to climate, topography, and disturbance. My current work involves relating planted seedling survival post-fire to climate, topographic, and other factors in support of restoration efforts.

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  • Forest ecology
  • Fire ecology
  • Dendrochronology
  • Vegetation type conversion
  • Western conifer forests


Ph.D, Natural Resources - University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ, 2019

M.S., Earth System Science - University of California - Irvine
Irvine, CA, 2007

B.S. , Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ, 2005

Awards, Honors, Grants

  • Association for Fire Ecology Komarek Graduate Student Excellence Award, 2019

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