Sam Rabin

My research is focused on understanding how climate, vegetation, and people interact to determine patterns of vegetation fire around the world. To that end, I’m building a global model that will estimate the amount of burning attributable to cropland, pasture, deforestation, and other land types. I’m especially interested in how increasing fire frequency in parts of the Amazon rainforest will combine with climate change to alter the structure and composition of the forest over the next century, and how carbon conservation initiatives such as REDD+ can account for those changes.