What do you do at the Lab?
I study how extreme weather events from rainfall produce tree mortality in the Amazon rainforest. Tree mortality related to winds has never been studied across the whole Amazon rainforest, which is six million square kilometers. The application is that tree mortality will change in the future related to climate change.
I am part of the Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments-Tropics (NGEE-T) project that is directed by Professor Jeffrey Q. Chambers and the Reducing Uncertainties in Biogeochemical Interactions through Synthesis and Computation (RUBISCO) Science Focus Area. Dr. William Riley is one of the PIs. I am also part of Ameriflux, a network of PI-managed sites measuring ecosystem CO2, water, and energy fluxes in North, Central and South America. It was established to connect research on field sites representing major climate and ecological biomes, including tundra, grasslands, savanna, crops, and conifer, deciduous, and tropical forests.
When working in the field in the Amazon a bug net is important due to the number of mosquitos. This photo was taken at the Tambopata site in Peru atop the eddy flux tower. I was there in 2021 as part of my work on the NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive, or SMAP project, which is an orbiting observatory that measures the amount of water in the surface soil everywhere on Earth.