Current Research Highlights
I have worked on a broad spectrum of projects involving plant-water-soil interactions in both agricultural and natural systems. We work a lot with distributed sensor networks to try and understand spatial dynamics of mass and energy fluxes in the environment. Many current projects involve work in mountain or forest hydrology but past research systems have included everything from deserts to polar sea ice.
Snowmelt processes in the Sierra
Some of our work in the Sierra has focused on intensely monitoring several intsturmented trees. In addition to all of the sensors we have in the ground, cameras are also excellent observation tools.
To try to gain a better understanding of where roots are in the subsurface, we excavated the root system of a large White Fir tree. Below is a fly through of a model we developed using Terrestrial LiDAR scans of the excavated roots.