Dr. Dave McWethy has changed his position at MSU and become an assistant professor in the Department of Earth Sciences. As a new hire with an IoE/Earth Sciences joint appointment, Dr. McWethy will continue his research and work at MSU while also teaching classes. McWethy's research centers on understanding drivers of ecosystem diversity and change across multiple spatial and temporal scales. He is particularly interested in identifying the mechanisms responsible for dynamic, disturbance-mediated vegetation transitions that are increasing worldwide. The research involves the analysis and integration of multi-scale records of fire, climate, and vegetation (i.e., lake and peat sediments) across biophysical and human impact gradients. One of the primary goals of this research is to develop a framework for understanding the vulnerability of ecosystems to shifting fire regimes as a result of human activity and climate change.
Program Director: Ray Callaway
Project Administrator: Todd Kipfer
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