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Derek Young

Postdoctoral Researcher

Latimer Lab

University of California, Davis

I’m Derek Young, a postdoctoral forest disturbance ecologist and data scientist in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis.

I collect and analyze data to inform forest management in an era of climate change, drought, and large high-severity wildfires. I rely as much on large geospatial datasets as on field-based measurements of forests. I work closely with forest managers in an effort to tailor my research to pressing forest management needs.

Questions that excite me include:

  • How will changes in climate and fire behavior interact to affect the natural capacity of forests to recover from disturbance?
  • After high-severity wildfire, where should managers focus on planting tree seedlings—and what exactly should they plant—to most efficiently restore resilient forests?