Tempest McCabe

Earth & Environment

  • Title Earth & Environment
  • Education Bryn Mawr College, B.A.

Tempest (Tess) McCabe is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Earth & Environment. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Bryn Mawr College, where she received honors for her thesis comparing ant community structures in oak and hemlock forests. In her graduate work, Tess models how disturbances such as invasive grasses, management, land use & fire affect pine forest stands in the southeastern United States. Broadly, she wants to understand what modeling ecosystems can tell us about ecological theory, and how improving ecological theory can help make ecosystem behavior easier to predict. Tess finds many things to be interesting, including, bayesian statistics, biogeochemical fluxes, modeling for decision making, Shakespeare, people who like Shakespeare, and people who like Shakespeare and also want to talk about Shakespeare with her.



McCabe TD, Dietze MC. Scaling contagious disturbance: a spatially-implicit dynamic model. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 2019;7:64. 10.3389/fevo.2019.00064

Record S, McCabe T, Baiser B, Ellison AM. Identifying foundation species in North American forests using long‐term data on ant assemblage structure. Ecosphere. 2018 Mar 1;9(3). DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.2139


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