Evolutionary ecology of tree life history traits. Forest fire ecology. Forest
response to disturbances.
Tropical forest ecology.
Recent and ongoing research projects:
1. Difference in fire regimes across the USA-Mexico border and its effect on the evolution of Tecate cypress life history traits. Read the abstract here.
This is a joint research project with Dr. Jose Delgadillo, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Mexico, Ensenada,
Facultad de Ciencias. We thank Chapman University, Rhode Island College, and RI-EPSCoR for funding.
2. Southern New England hardwood forest trees response to gap creation. Influence of human-created edges on forest structure, growth, regeneration, and conservation. Yale-Myers Forest, Connecticut.
Southern New England hardwood forest soils response to gap creation.
Yale-Myers Forest, Connecticut. Research lead by
Ronald Smith, MS student. Read description
Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research Assistants: Current students: Ronald Smith (MS) and Danielle Aube (undergraduate) Ronald Smith's research project is described here. Past students at Rhode Island College: Titilayo Adedeji-Campbell, Guyana Avagyan, Heather Boulanger, Ken Calci, Kristen Chauvin Kaitlin Geagan, Jessica Goyette, Hanane Hamdaoui, Jessica Harris, Jenifer Loaiza, Sarah Peixoto, Kiely Schultz, Trisha Whipple, Eric Wood. Catherine D'Ovidio (Summer intern from Cranston High School) Past students at Chapman University: Ali Ansary, Cheryl Mantia, Chelsea Loveall and Rachel Pickrell (2004-2006)
Updated January 18, 2013
Forest Ecology Lab undergraduate
and graduate students
From L to R: Eric Wood, Hanane Hamdaoui, Kiely