I am broadly interested in the resilience of forest ecosystems to global change. My work focuses on understanding how multiple stressors interact to determine forest ecosystem productivity and function.
Two key questions are:
(1) With an increasing risk of drought and fire with climate change, what predicts the future resistance and resilience of forests to changing drought-fire regimes?
(2) How do patterns of tree mortality vary across broad temporal and spatial scales, and does this provide unique insights on forest vulnerability to climate change?
My research is conducted at study sites in the Sierra Nevada and intermountain west, as well as the midwest United States (i.e. Missouri Ozarks). I work with a range of tools, including long-term observational studies, field experiments and remote sensing. I am currently a postdoc in Hall Cushman’s lab at the University of Nevada, Reno. For more information about my research and teaching experience, please check out my CV, ResearchGate and/or Google Scholar Profile.
New publications and news:
New paper out in Functional Ecology: https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.13193
- See corresponding Behind the Research: https://functionalecologists.com/2018/08/28/insights-tyler-refsland/
- See press release: https://aces.illinois.edu/news/frequent-fires-make-droughts-harder-young-trees-even-wet-eastern-forests