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In my time climbing and hiking, I have always been fascinated by the same broad question: why is that occurring here, but not there? The iconic forests of the Pacific Northwest have been the perfect system to begin exploring this question, with insect disturbances occurring over highly variable spatial and temporal scales. My research focuses on identifying how native forest insect disturbances have changed in recent decades across the Pacific Northwest. Using long term regional data sets and intensive field sampling, I hope to provide a better understanding of the processes driving these outbreak patterns and how they may shift as the climate continues to change.

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