About Justin

Pathways of forest development are determined by an accumulation of ever-present, minor incremental changes and abrupt, major disturbances. In studying forest development (i.e. changes of forest structure, species composition and ecosystem functioning), investigations often adopt a methodological approach with the implicit assumption that forest dynamics are spatially invariant. Thus, the underlying processes are not always apparent or well understood. In my approach as a spatial forest ecologist, I seek to investigate forest dynamics through emergent spatiotemporal patterns. These patterns stem from an accumulation of responses to abiotic and biotic processes scaling from individual trees up through neighborhoods, stands, and landscapes. Often, my research questions are framed within the context of forest management, silviculture, and vegetation-fire interactions, especially in the face of shifting fire regimes and the consequences of 20th century forest management practices. My research interests focus on the 3 areas: 1) Quantifying the role of disturbances in shaping spatiotemporal patterns of forest structure and composition, and how these patterns shape future dynamics and disturbances. 2) Application of advanced statistical and numerical, spatially-explicit tools to reveal how, and over what scales, ecological processes shape forest structure, composition and demography. 3) Leveraging insights from the above to develop spatially-explicit models for pathways of forest development over tree neighborhood to landscape scales.

Google Scholar Profile


  • Spatial statistics, Point process and individual based ecological modeling, Fire behavior, Fire ecology, Forest restoration & management, Forest community ecology


M.S., Forest Science - Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO, 2014

B.S., Fire Ecology & Management - University of Idaho
Moscow, ID, 2011

B.S., Forest Resources - University of Idaho
Moscow, ID, 2011

Graduate & Advisor Program

Chad Hoffman
Ph.D. Forest Sciences