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My name is Courtney Giebink and I’m a MS student at the University of Arizona, working in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research with Dr. Margaret E. K. Evans.

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Courtney Giebink

Courtney Giebink

Graduate Student

University of Arizona

Biography

I am passionate about using data to bridge the gap between basic ecology and natural resources management, including the conservation of biodiversity. I use statistical models to quantify and understand the effects of land-use and climate change on species’ performance, abundance, and geographic distributions, through the lens of the demographic niche. By quantifying the major drivers of population dynamics, I seek to improve ecological forecasting under alternative management scenarios and accelerate the process of adaptive management.

In my Master’s research, I am creating a climate-sensitive version of a forestry growth and yield model using the information contained in tree-ring time series data. The new model will be incorporated into a U.S. Forest Service management tool, the Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS), which simulates forest dynamics.

Interests

  • Forest Ecology
  • Ecological Forecasting

Education

  • MSc Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2021

    Univeristy of Arizona

  • BSc Biology, 2017

    University of Wisconsin La Crosse

Projects

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Climate-sensitive stand-level growth and yield models

A climate-sensitive version of a forestry growth and yield model using the information contained in tree-ring time series data.

Skills

R

GitHub

Docker

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Graduate Instructor

UA Sky School

Aug 2019 – Present Tucson, Arizona
Place-based and inquiry-based science education programs to K-12 students.
 
 
 
 
 

Resource Intern

Tumacacori National Historical Park

Aug 2017 – Aug 2018 Tumacacori, Arizona
Responsibilities include:

  • Management
  • Interpretation

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