Afshin Pourmokhtarian

Post-doctoral Associate

Educational Background

Ph.D. Syracuse University, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2013
MS, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2005
BA, Tehran University, Tehran, Iran, Civil Engineering, 2002

Current Research

Building forest management into Earth system modeling: Scaling from stand to continent

My primary research objectives are to determine how the variations in forest management, climate, and disturbance regime impact the structure and function of forest ecosystems, and to quantify the relative importance of these drivers of ecosystem structure and function at stand to continental scales across North American forests. The study areas are the Pacific Northwest (PNW) and Southeastern United States (SE) which are two major U.S. forested regions that have significant, and very different, management practices. I conduct model simulations and incorporate different forest management practices and disturbance regimes for two forest domains using the Ecosystem Demography model (ED2). I work closely with two other postdocs (U. Florida and U. Alabama) under the mentorship of senior scientists of the project in ManDiForE (MANagement and DIsturbance in FORest Ecology) which is an interdisciplinary team of forest and landscape ecologists, remote sensing scientists, biostatisticians, and ecosystem modelers.

This project is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under award #1241894 and will collaborate with National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). PI of this project is Christina Staudhammer and collaborators include Binford, M., Desai, A., Dietze, M.C., Starr, G., and Stoy, P.C.