I focus on the dynamics and long-term development of forests, from tree to subcontinental scales, as they interact with climate and as trees interact amongst themselves. I also work on the natural history, charismatic megaflora, old-growth forests, and traits of trees and have a focus and expertise in mesic regions dominated by broadleaf species with diffuse porous wood structure. Our larger research group is active in North America, Asia, and Europe, and 5-8 biomes (depending on how you split biomes).
The sample pictured at the top of this page is a sample collected by Dr. Florence Hawley Ellis, the first female dendrochronologists that we know of in the US, from Illinois in the early 1900s. It is tulip-poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera). Christ Baisin of the Laboratory of Tree Ring Research at the University of Arizona has temporally dated the inner rings to the 1460s.
The title for these pages was created by David Funkhouser, who has graciously allowed me to continue to use the name, The Broadleaf Papers.