I am interested in the impacts of land use and climate change on ecosystem services. My expertise is in the development of spatial-temporal simulation models that attempt to characterize how human activities impact landscape structure and function. I am also interested in complex socio-ecological systems and how theoretical frameworks can be used to study land-climate-hydrological systems around the world.
I am a co-PI on the Climate-Land Interaction Project funded by the NSF Biocomplexity in the Environment program. The work focusses on land use and climate change at local to regional scales in East Africa. You can learn more about this research at the Purdue CLIP and MSU CLIP web sites.