Elizabeth is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Society at the University of Minnesota and is a member of the Center for Dendrochronology. In 2014 she received her M.S. in Geography from the University of Tennessee and in 2011 she graduated with a B.S. in Geography with a minor in Environmental Science from the University of Oregon.

Elizabeth’s research focuses on the spatial and temporal processes of fire and how it is linked to ecological aspects across scale. Her research uses a dendrochronological approach to assess the occurrence of historic fire activity and the controlling mechanisms in the fragmented forests of the Upper Great Lakes region. The goal of her research is to understand how mechanisms of fire interact at various scales providing land managers with critical information on current and future fire risk.


Crooked Lake - Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Lac La Croix - Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Loon Lake - Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Research Interests: Fire ecology and behavior, disturbance interactions, ecosystem resilience, forest management, dendrochronology, biogeography, climate change


Upper Great Lakes Fire History Research Team - 2015

The path of graduate school (Denali National Park)

Denali National Park, Alaska