Rebecca's PhD research examines tree growth of several major tree species in Vermont as it relates to climate. Understanding the patterns and trajectories of the growth of major tree species is a vital part of preparing for an uncertain future of our forests amidst climate change. Her research is part of an interdisciplinary team working to model how climate will affect the future forests of Vermont, which also includes studies in wildlife habitat, invasive species, and recreational opportunities.
Rebecca received a BA from Wellesley College and an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining Paul Schaberg's research group, Rebecca worked for a decade in various capacities in both formal and informal science education positions, focusing on how to effectively communicate science.
Dissertation title: Evaluating climate and environmental drivers of tree species' growth and adaptation within the northern forest.