RESEARCH

Currently, our lab is involved in research in New Mexico, Texas and Arkansas.  We are working on organisms such as bats, quail, horned lizards, harvester ants, moths, and beetles.  In addition we are examining vegetation responses to fire and fuels treatments.  

Our work centers on three themes:

1.  How do organisms the live in fire-prone areas survive fires?  Have organisms that evolved in fire-prone ecosystems developed physiological, morphological, and/or behavioral adaptations to survive fires?


2.  Restoration efficacy.  Are fire surrogate treatments actually reasonable "surrogates" for fire?  In particular, we are interested in mechanical shrub and tree removal and how it differentially impacts an ecosystem.  Is restoration to a historical condition a reasonable fire management goal? Historically, what was the role of fire on the North American landscape?  


3.  Insects and fire.  How do individual species of insects respond to fire?  How do insect communities respond to fire?  To what extent is fire responsible for shaping insect communities?  How do fires effect pest insects (or pest-control, biocontrol insects)?


We invite collaborative projects and independent research within our lab.






Top:  Fly Gap, Ozark Mountains, Arkansas.  Surveying within-tree populations of pest beetles in red oak trees.

Bottom:  prescribed fire at Kingsland Prairie, Arkansas