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Balch, Jennifer Kakareka Assistant Professor

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Research

research overview

  • My research aims to understand the patterns and processes that underlie disturbance and ecosystem recovery, particularly how shifting fire regimes are reconfiguring tropical forests, encouraging non-native grass invasion, and affecting the global climate. My current and future research addresses the following major unsolved questions: 1) What is fire’s role in the Earth system? More specifically, how does fire contribute to global trends of climate warming and how does climate warming promote fire? 2) How are fire regimes altered by invasive species? Particularly, how is an invasive grass-fire cycle established and perpetuated? 3) How is the recent, unprecedented increase in human-initiated fires altering tropical-forest dynamics, and how has this increase in fire frequency changed carbon cycles and the recovery trajectory?

keywords

  • ecosystem science, biogeography, fire ecology, tropical biology

Publications

selected publications

Teaching

courses taught

  • GEOG 3840 Undergraduate Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • GEOG 5840 Graduate Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • GEOG 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Spring 2019)
  • GEOG 6950 Master's Thesis (Spring 2019)
  • GEOG 7840 Graduate Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • GEOG 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2019)
  • GEOG 1001 Environmental Systems: Climate and Vegetation (Fall 2018)
  • GEOG 3840 Undergraduate Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • GEOG 5840 Graduate Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • GEOG 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Fall 2018)
  • GEOG 6950 Master's Thesis (Fall 2018)
  • GEOG 7840 Graduate Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • GEOG 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Fall 2018)
  • GEOG 3840 Undergraduate Independent Study (Summer 2018)
  • GEOG 3840 Undergraduate Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • GEOG 5241 Topics in Physical Geography (Spring 2018)
  • GEOG 5840 Graduate Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • GEOG 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Spring 2018)
  • GEOG 6950 Master's Thesis (Spring 2018)
  • GEOG 7840 Graduate Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • GEOG 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2018)

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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