QuantitativeEcology is a Research Lab in the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University. It focuses on the application of advanced mathematical, computational and statistical tools to any number of problems [read more…]

Recent posts…

Using rLiDAR and FUSION to delineate individual trees through canopy height model segmentation

Let’s face it. Light detection and ranging (LiDAR) is awesome and it’s completely arrived. Currently, the best sources for free nationwide LiDAR datasets are the United States Interagency Elevation Inventory, USGS Center for LIDAR Information Coordination and Knowledge, and NSF’s OpenTopography. Just as there are quite a few sources for datasets, your choices are equally [read more…]

It’s been a productive year thus far…

I’ve been out of pocket for awhile on this blog, but it’s fir a good reason. I’ve been writing my butt off! Below are four manuscripts published in the last few months, all of which I was a part of… I’ll like the work speak for itself.

The Economics of Ecological Restoration and Hazardous Fuel [read more…]

A little shameless press…

Last month’s Journal of Forestry and the Forestry Source Newspaper featuring our article “Implications of diameter caps on multiple forest resource responses in the context of 4FRI: Results from the Forest Vegetation Simulator” and an interview with Dr. Sanchez Meador.


Last month, the Forestry Source (the Society of American Foresters’ newspaper) decided to [read more…]

My script to install the “top” R packages

Here’s a script that I use to query the CRAN package download logs and figure out what packages are the “top” packages being used/downloaded. It borrows heavily from this post, which is badass… User be wary, as it download all of the logs for the specified date and creates a data.table to house this information [read more…]

A couple of new wildfire-related publications

Over the past year I have had the opportunity to work a several wildfire-related projects, two of which are now available from their publishers. The first focuses on the effectiveness of fuel treatments following the Wallow (2011) fire and the second focuses on long-term forest dynamics under alternative climate and management scenarios following the Rodeo-Chediski [read more…]