Mushrooms on Nurse Log


Program Description

The Forest Ecology interest group in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences covers a broad spectrum of topics in forest biology and environmental science. Students are involved in basic and applied research in a diversity of fields including: aquatic-terrestrial interactions, conservation biology (see also the Restoration Ecology and Environmental Horticulture interest group), ecological modeling, ecophysiology, ecosystem studies, entomology, fire ecology, forest community ecology, genetics, global climate change, landscape ecology, paleoecology, pathology, and soils and nutrient cycling. Course work is flexible to cover the diversity of interests within the interest group. No student covers the entire range of interests within the Forest Ecology area, but all students benefit from the diversity of interests and perspectives represented by faculty associated with the group.

Highligted Research

Below are examples of diverse projects that have been under study by this group. Students interested in graduate work in Forest Ecology should contact the appropriate faculty member(s) for complete information on current research areas.

  • •  Molecular microbiology of nitrogen-fixing endophytes of cottonwood trees
  • •  Influence of riparian harvesting in headwater streams on soil and stream processes
  • •  Use of willow stakes to suppress reed canarygrass in restoration projects
  • •  Development of crown and canopy structure of old-growth forests
  • •  Effects of thinning treatments on light patterns, understory diversity, and canopy structure in forests
  • •  Forest ecosystem responses to disturbance, natural stand development, and applications to development of ecologically sensitive forest practices
  • •  Ecology and dynamics of mountain meadows
  • •  Factors influencing bark beetle selection behavior and the dynamics of the spread of outbreaks
  • •  Morphological and physiological limits to growth and productivity in Abies and Populus
  • •  Fire science, mountain ecology, and climatic change
  • •  Disturbance and vegetation history in the Puget Sound basin
  • •  Remediation of explosive compounds by plants

For current funded grants in this interest group, click here.

FacultyAreas of Interest
Ernesto Alvarado Wildland fire science; Fire ecology and management; Combustion and fire behavior; Carbon emissions; Fire and climate change; Quantitative modeling; International forestry
Jonathan Bakker Ecological restoration; Sustainable ecosystem management
Bernard Bormann Forest ecology and physiology
Greg Bratman Impacts of nature experience on human cognitive function, mood, and emotion regulation; accounting for mental health in ecosystem service assessments; nature and health
Dan Brown GIS, remote sensing, spatial modeling; land-use and land-cover dynamics; linking landscape patterns with ecological and social processes
David Butman Influence of humans and climate on carbon cycling at the intersection of terrestrial and aquatic systems
Sharon Doty Phytoremediation; Plant microbiology
Lisa Graumlich Paleoecology; Climate change adaptation
Charles Halpern Community ecology; Succession; Ecology of montane/subalpine meadows; Effects of forest management on plant diversity
Robert Harrison Forest nutrition; mineral cycling; long-term forest productivity; organic waste utilization; carbon sequestration
Brian Harvey Forest ecology; Landscape ecology; Disturbance (fire) ecology; Global change; Vegetation succession; Resource management; Remote sensing; GIS; Spatial analysis
Brittany Johnson Soil science; Soil chemistry; Plant-soil interactions; Climate change; Fire ecology; Forest ecology; Hydrology
Van Kane Ecosystem science; Forest structure
Soo-Hyung Kim Plant ecophysiology; Crop modeling
Joshua Lawler Landscape ecology; Conservation biology
Phillip Levin Interdisciplinary conservation science, ecosystem-based natural resource management, marine and coastal conservation biology, marine ecology
Donald McKenzie Landscape ecology of fire
L. Monika Moskal Remote sensing; Biospatial analysis
David Peterson Mountain ecology; Fire science; Climatic variability and change
Patrick Tobin Entomology; Invasion ecology; Population ecology
Christian Torgersen Landscape ecology; Aquatic ecology; Remote sensing; spatial analysis
Daniel Vogt Soil and ecosystem ecology; Natural, disturbed, and sustainable ecosystems
Kristiina Vogt Linking social and natural science; Reserves; Conservation

For further information:

Interest Group Coordinator: Dr. Kristiina Vogt
School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
Box 352100
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-2100
email; FAX 206-685-3091; Phone 206-543-2765