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Alissa Brown, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher in Quantitative Ecology and Modeling

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As a postdoctoral researcher at the Arboretum, Alissa’s research focuses on how North American trees responded to the last major climate warming event, which occurred approximately 21,000 years ago.

Alissa studies trees from thousands of years ago by examining “fossil” pollen grains in lake sediments. She is a forest ecologist broadly interested in the diversity of tree species locations, what factors account for their survival, and predicting whether these species will continue to survive there in the future.

Alissa’s PhD work focused on patterns of tree growth and survival in the forests of the southeastern United States. For her dissertation work, she was awarded poster presentation awards from the Southeastern Chapter of the Ecological Society of America and the Southeastern Section of the Botanical Society of America.

Alissa is interested in safe and inclusive working spaces and was involved in efforts to reduce harassment and harmful power dynamics in academic labs. As a result of this work, she was inducted into the Frank Porter Graham Honor Society at the University of North Carolina for “significant contributions to the development of graduate and professional education at the university.”


PhD, Biology

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

MS, Ecology

San Diego State University
San Diego, CA

BS, Environmental Sciene

Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN