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 will impact forests in California. 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? How does disturbance affect the natural ability of forests to respond to climate change?

I apply principles from disciplines including biogeography, landscape ecology, community ecology, and ecological genetics.

I am striving to collect information that will help forest managers decide what they can do to restore and maintain healthy forests in the face of climate change.