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We study human impacts on the structure, composition, and function of forest ecosystems, as well as the interactions between forest ecosystems, the global carbon cycle, and climate. Our goal is to understand how the production of wood, fibre and fuel can be balanced with the continued provision of other ecosystem services, including the maintenance of biodiversity, storage of carbon, and mitigation of climate change. Most of our research employs some combination of field work, forest inventory data, remote sensing, modeling, and life cycle analysis. Current research topics include:
- Balancing timber and habitat supply through partial harvesting
- Balancing bioenergy production with other forest ecosystem services
- The impact of land use and forest management on carbon cycling
- Tree crowns and forest canopies