PhD, Forest Ecology, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, 2011
MS, Environmental Science, Yale, New Haven, Connecticut, 2006
BA, Public Policy Analysis/Biology, Pomona College, Claremont, California, 1999
Spatial and temporal interactions between people, forests, fires, and climate
Dr. Yocom's research focuses on how the interactions between forests and other ecosystems, fire, climate and people change over space and time, utilizing dendrochronology methods, plot data, and large spatial datasets. Landscapes we see today were influenced by processes occurring over millennia, as well as events that have occurred within the lifetime of the existing organisms. One important disturbance, fire, is both a fundamental ecological process and a profound driver of ecosystem patterns. It is also important to people, since it can transform lives, property, and resources that people value.