I am Derek Young, a postdoctoral forest ecologist in the Latimer Lab at UC Davis.
I am working to understand how wildfire and climate interact to shape the forests of California. How does disturbance affect the natural capacity of forests to respond to climate change? How tolerant are species of changing conditions? How readily will tree species composition, species ranges, and forest structure shift as environmental conditions continue to change?
I focus on collecting information that can aid in evaluating the potential for forest management actions (e.g., forest thinning and tree planting) to facilitate restoration and maintenance of healthy forests in the face of changing conditions.