Research Team

Sara Kuebbing (she/her), Director of Research

Sara is the Director of Research for the YaleApplied Science Synthesis Program. Sara is trained as an ecologist with expertise in conservation biology, invasion biology, plant ecology, community ecology, and ecosystem ecology. She conducts research on how humans can make informed decisions on how to best protect and conserve landscapes, ecosystems, and all the species that lives within them. Sara works with a variety of scientists, land managers, and policymakers to focus research questions and share her results. Prior to moving to YSE, Sara was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh where she ran an empirical research lab in plant ecology and invasion biology. Sara’s research training includes postdoctoral positions with the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies and the Smith Conservation Fellows Program, a PhD from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee and a BS from the Department of Entomology & Wildlife Conservation at the University of Delaware. Sara is excited to be the inaugural director of this new program, where we envision to be a space for open collaboration among practitioners, academics, and policymakers to develop applied science that guides sustainable land management. Please take a look around and get in touch if you have any questions or are interested in collaborating with YASSP!

Dr. Cole Gross (he/him), Postdoctoral Associate

Cole is a a soil scientist focusing on carbon cycling in forests, grasslands, and agroecosystems in response to human land-use and management decisions and climate change. Cole is passionate about advancing our understanding of soils to help manage our limited land resources sustainably and inform climate mitigation policies. You can read more about Cole’s research on his personal websiteGoogle Scholar page, or LinkedIn profile.

Thomas Harris (he/him), Graduate Student

Thomas is a PhD student with Dr. Mark Ashton. He is broadly interested in modeling forest growth, cover type changes, and carbon storage in working-forest landscapes. You can learn more about Thomas by visiting his LinkedIn Profile.



Reid Lewis (he/him), Graduate Student

Reid is a PhD student with Dr. Tim Gregoire. He is broadly interested in how we use sampling and modelling to attempt to quantify forest attributes, and is particularly interested in the methods we use to quantify forests to inform climate-oriented stewardship.

Dr. Weier Liu (he/him), Postdoctoral Associate

Weier is interested in the effects of land use management intensity and spatial-temporal scale on the delivery of ecosystem services. He is keen to bridge measurements and experimental studies with management and planning through system-level analysis. His current research is focused on measuring how various forest management practices can affect carbon sequestration on the land and carbon storage in long-lived wood products. You can read more of Weier’s research through his Google Scholar account.

Stanley Tan (he/him), Undergraduate Researcher

Stanley is an undergraduate at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. He is broadly interested in the use of nature-based climate solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation. At YASSP, his research considers the carbon sequestration potential of croplands in Southeast Asia. Before joining YASSP, he worked at Climate Impact X, a Singapore-based global carbon exchange and marketplace, where he conducted research to enhance the quality of carbon offsets from tropical forest conservation and agricultural land management projects. His past research experiences also include using remote sensing methods for tropical forest carbon prediction models as an intern at the NUS Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions, and the regeneration of Singapore’s tropical mangrove forests at Yale-NUS College’s New Forests and Trees Lab.