Google Scholar Profile


  • 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

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


  • 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
  • Semester of Undergraduate Research in Forest Ecology and Restoration (SURFER), Coordinator, 2017-present