Emily Marie Purvis

emily with a mountain view

Position Title
PhD Student in Ecology


My research investigates the impacts of climate change and land management on forest disturbance. I am particularly curious about how disturbance regimes are being altered as a result of management strategies and changes in climate patterns, how these disturbance regimes are interacting with each other within forest ecosystems, and how these factors are transforming forest community composition and ecosystem function. I am currently working on a project evaluating the interacting effects of wildfire and drought inside and outside Giant Sequoia groves in the Sierra Nevadas.

Before coming to UC Davis I worked diverse jobs spanning conservation and restoration projects, environmental education, and ecology research (including stints with the Warren lab at Oregon State University, Point Blue Conservation Science in Sonoma County, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, the Nature Conservancy in Arizona, and the US Forest Service Ecology Program throughout the Sierra Nevadas). I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2015 with degrees in Philosophy and Integrative Biology.