Google Scholar Profile CV


  • forest restoration
  • natural and human disturbances
  • wildfire, prescribed fire, tornado, blowdown
  • causes and consequences of spatial patterns and spatial heterogeneity
  • regeneration niche
  • forest monitoring, remote sensing


Ph.D., Plant Biology - University of Georgia
Athens, GA, 2015

MS, Biology - University of Mississippi
Oxford, MS, 2011

B.S., Biological Science - Mississippi State University
Starkville, MS, 2005

Selected Publications

First steps toward defining the wind disturbance regime in Central Hardwoods Forests

  • Peterson, CJ, JB Cannon, and CM Godfrey ,

Selected Articles

Return on investment from fuel treatments to reduce severe wildfire and erosion in a watershed investment program in Colorado

Journal of Environmental Management 198, 66–77, 2017

Wind and fire interactions: Does scarring from prescribed fire reduce tree stability in subsequent windstorms?

Forest Ecology and Management 356, 196–203, 2015

Collaborative restoration effects on forest structure in ponderosa pine-dominated forests of Colorado

Forest Ecology and Management, 191-204, 2018

The influence of experimental wind disturbance on forest fuels and fire characteristics

Forest Ecology and Management 330, 294–303, 2014

Landscape-scale patterns of forest tornado damage in mountainous terrain

Landscape Ecology 31, 2097–2114, 2016

A classification of interactions between forest disturbance from wind and fire

Forest Ecology and Management 409, 381–390, 2017


  • Wildland Firefighter (Certified FFT2) by National Wildfire Coordinating Group, 2013–2017


  • Semester of Undergraduate Research in Forest Ecology and Restoration (SURFER), Coordinator, 2017-present
  • Landscape Resilience Team Member, Front Range Roundtable, 2016-present
  • Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder, Athens Science Observer, 2014-2015
  • Co-organizer, Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference, 2015