BA, Biology, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
Lucien is interested in understanding the influence that climate change has on forest ecosystems, especially in urban forest ecosystems. As the expansion of urban landscapes continues at a rapid pace and more of our forested land becomes managed within urban spaces it becomes imperative to understand the best practices for planting, maintaining, and fostering health. Due to trees long generation time, developing predictive models and looking at historical data such as tree rings are especially useful in informing decisions. He currently assists Christy Rollinson with her various research projects examining how climate change and different management strategies influence the spatial and temporal distributions of plant communities in forest ecosystems. Lucien’s research goal is to increase the knowledge and predictive capabilities of people planting and managing urban forest ecosystems.
Lucien has been involved with the Bee Informed Partnership at the University of Maryland and the Deer Forest study at Penn State. Lucien has previously worked with the arboretum where he helped with the initial establishment of the Living Collections Wood Archive.