I am a NSF postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Minnesota. I received my Ph.D. from the department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University. Starting August, My research is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of disturbance and extreme events in tropical forest landscapes. I am particularly interested in how landscape factors generate heterogeneity in forest vulnerability to disturbance, and in processes of forest regeneration in tropical landscapes. I use a variety of tools to address these questions, including remote sensing and GIS, Bayesian statistical modeling, forest plots, functional traits, and socio-economic surveys.