I am a paleoecologist and organic geochemist researching how fires and humans have affected ecosystems of the past to inform management and policy decisions today. I study the variability, controls, and impacts of fire in the Earth System, as well as the ecological impacts of humans on ecosystems.

I am currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Geosciences at Auburn University. If you are interested in working with me as an undergraduate researcher, graduate student (MS and PhD), or postdoctoral researcher, please contact me via email: rsv0005@auburn.edu.