Sarah Hart (Ph.D., CU Geography 2014) has accepted a new position as a tenure track assistant professor in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at University of Wisconsin at Madison.While at CU Boulder, Sarah's research interests were broadly based on the impacts of past and future climate variability on environmental systems. She researched relationships between climate and bark beetle disturbance in subalpine forests and focused on biogeography and dendrochronology. Her advisor was Tom Veblen. Prior to her new position, she was an assistant professor at Washington State University where she focused on disturbance ecology and forest biogeography.
Last summer, she worked on an outreach video about the climate-sensitivity of subalpine forests wtih CU Ph.D. student Robbie Andrus. In August, 2017 Sarah presented her reseach on spatial patterns of spruce beetle outbreak at the Ecological Society of America’s 2017 Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon. Her most recent paper, "Summer and winter drought drive the initiation and spread of spruce beetle outbreak", can be viewed here. Tom Veblen, Dominik Schneider, and Noah Molotch were co-authors.