University of Utah

Our research focuses around a central question:

What is the future of Earth’s forests in a changing climate? Massive forest mortality events of many tree species in the last two decades prompt concerns that drought, insects, and wildfire may devastate forests in the coming decades. We study how drought and climate change affect forest ecosystems, including tree physiology, carbon cycling, biosphere-atmosphere feedbacks, and nature-based climate solutions. This research spans a broad array of spatial scales from xylem cells to ecosystems and seeks to gain a better mechanistic understanding of how climate change will affect forests around the world.

*********What’s New*********

  • 4/2024: A new perspective on science needed for nature-based climate solutions out in PNAS.
  • 8/2023: Great coverage in TIME and Forbes about our recent paper on climate risks to US property values.
  • 5/2023: Check out a recent paper from lab postdoc Chao Wu in Nature Geoscience about future carbon storage and climate risks in US forests in the 21st century.
  • 9/2022: Media coverage of our global climate risk assessment for Earth’s forests in Science.
  • 5/2022: Two new lab papers – published in Science and Ecology Letters – just came out and feature in some excellent media coverage.
  • 2/2021: A new paper out in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on climate change impact on US pollen seasons and some great coverage in the media.