My approach includes field measurements of ecological and micrometeorological data, analysis of atmospheric data, modeling, and satellite data retrievals.
Human activities have altered both land cover and the chemical composition of the atmosphere producing profound changes in the climate system. However, natural disturbances, often occurring much more rapidly than those produced by humans, can also affect the climate system.
A full understanding of the cause/effect mechanisms that link these disturbances to climate change remains elusive, mainly due to the complex interactive feedbacks of the land-atmosphere system. My research, therefore, has the following goals: