Caitlin is a forest ecologist specializing in climate change adaptation. She uses both field data and models to understand how forests are responding to climatic changes, and she works directly with natural resources managers to develop strategies and priorities for promoting the resilience of our forested landscapes.
In the Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology Lab at UVM, Caitlin is currently evaluating adaptation science needs of forestry practitioners throughout the northeast, in partnership with the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center. She is also evaluating the trade-offs associated with managing forests for carbon storage while meeting wildlife habitat objectives, as well as quantifying the intensity of climate adaptation activities required to ensure species persistence on the landscape. Prior to arriving at UVM, Caitlin was a research fellow at the University of Montana with the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center after completing her PhD at the University of Washington. In those capacities, she used field-data to investigate post-fire forest recovery, modeled landscape connectivity to support species’ tracking of suitable climatic conditions, and surveyed public land visitors to uncover their perceptions of climate adaptation options on forested public lands. Her Master’s thesis in UVM’s Carbon Dynamics Lab quantified the effects of forest bioenergy harvesting on forest stand structure.
Caitlin is a member of the Richmond Conservation Commission and can often be found scheming about how to get more kids outside more often.