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KC Cushman

KC Cushman is a forest ecologist broadly interested in understanding variation in forest structure and function across space and time. Her research is motivated by the importance of forests for understanding and predicting global cycles of carbon, water, and nutrients. KC graduated from Swarthmore College in 2012, then spent two years as a research intern at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. After finishing her PhD at Brown University in 2020, KC returned to STRI as a postdoctoral fellow. KC is currently a postdoctoral fellow at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Using Drones to Monitor Tropical Forests in 3 Dimensions

Will forests grow faster, or more efficiently, as atmospheric carbon dioxide increases? Will trees face higher mortality rates as storms and droughts become more common?