I am Derek Young, a Ph.D. student with Truman Young and Andrew Latimer in the Ecology Graduate Group at UC Davis.

I am working to understand how climate change and wildfire will interact to affect the forests of California. How does disturbance affect the natural ability of forests to respond to climate change? Will species be able to migrate or adapt fast enough to keep pace with changes in climate? How much change can they tolerate if they don’t adapt or migrate?

I focus on collecting information that can aid in evaluating the potential of forest management practices (e.g., forest thinning and tree planting) to facilitate restoration and maintenance of healthy forests in the face of climate change.