Fire Ecologist Monica Rother Joins Tall Timbers

Monica RotherI am happy to introduce Dr. Monica Rother as the new Fire Ecologist in the Fire Ecology Program, replacing Angie Reid who is pursuing a PhD in Australia. Monica recently received her PhD from the University of Colorado where she studied post-fire regeneration of ponderosa pine. Her MS degree is from the University of Tennessee where she used dendrochronology (study of fire scars in trees) to reconstruct historic fire regimes in the Zuni Mountains of New Mexico and their relationship to climate and human habitation.

Monica hit the ground running in May, supervising interns for the Pebble Hill Fire Plots long-term study and coordinating experimental prescribed burns. She has also begun work on a manuscript reviewing the positive and negative effects of soil disturbance on southern pineland plants. She will be learning the local plants in earnest during out various plant community projects this fall. I hope you get to meet her soon.   

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