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: