Ph.D Biological Sciences, 2004 – University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks AK. Dissertation: Quantifying variability in the Alaskan black spruce ecosystem: Linking vegetation, carbon, and fire history.
M.Sc Biological Sciences, 2000- Lancaster University, Lancaster England Thesis: The role of soil amino acids in the structure and functioning of upland grasslands in Great Britain.
B.A. Environmental, Population and Organismic Biology, 1997- University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder CO.
Teresa is a plant community and disturbance ecologist, who is acting Deputy Direct of the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute. She comes to ALWRI from PNW Research Station, where she is a Research Ecologist and Team Leader of the Boreal Ecology Team. She is the Forest Director for Bonanza Creek Experimental Forest and is the Forest Service Co-PI on the Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program. Teresa has also served as the Acting Program Manager for the Ecosystems Process and Function Program at PNW Research Station. She is broadly interested in understanding environmental gradients associated with changes in species composition, vegetation change over time as it relates to succession, disturbance, and potential changes in climate. Geographically her research spans the Pacific Coastal Rainforest, examining effects of deer browsing on vegetation composition under various silvicultural treatments, to the Taiga co-producing science on climate change effects on access to subsistence resources in Native villages along the Yukon River, to the Arctic studying post-fire successional trajectories. Teresa has also had the privilege of involvement in a variety of education and outreach programs, including a science camp for foster children and other kids in state care called “Fostering Science”, and a collaborative knowledge exchange with artists called “In A Time Of Change”.
In her role as Deputy Director, Teresa is excited about contributing to the ALRWI Science Charter, which will direct the next 10 years of science at the Institute, thinking about expansion of education and outreach to underrepresented populations, and fostering relationships and co-producing science with various partners.