Adam Mahood is a graduate student in Jennifer Balch’s lab. He focuses on two things: broad-scale fire ecology research at the continental to global scale, and the response of plant communities to fire using remote sensing data to guide the collection of data on the ground. Adam got his undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota in conservation biology in 2004, and his master’s degree at CU in 2017 in geography. In between, he worked seasonally for many years for anyone that would pay him to look at plants - usually the National Park Service. When he is not behind his computer, he enjoys biking, rock climbing, keying out plants and perfecting the art of cooking beet greens.

His favorite paper that he wrote is:

Mahood, A. L., & Balch, J. K. (2019). Repeated fires reduce plant diversity in low-elevation Wyoming big sagebrush ecosystems (1984 – 2014). Ecosphere, 10(2), e02591.

Other work that he is also really proud of at:

Earth Lab takes a collaborative, big-data approach to answering some of our most pressing questions related to fire. We seek to understand what controls fire in the landscape, how fire is changing, and what this means for society.
If you’re like us and you love studying fire ecology, you know that there are many satellite-derived datasets to choose from, but the collection may be unreliable and a steep learning curve exists. That’s where FIRED (Fire Events Delineation) comes in.