James Agee

James Agee

Professor Emeritus
Forest Ecology; Fire Ecology

Office: Winkenwerder 112
Phone: 206-543-8242 
Email: jagee@uw.edu


B.S., Forest Management, University of California, Berkeley, 1967
M.S., Range Management, University of California, Berkeley, 1968
Ph.D., Wildland Resource Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1973

Research and Graduate Program

My research focuses on disturbance ecology, and specifically the role of fire in forest ecology. A major conservation biology issue is how to reintroduce natural disturbances like fire into ecosystems that may have been altered by fire exclusion, grazing, and logging. Current projects I am involved with, together with graduate students, research associates, and colleagues here and at other institutions include:

•Fire and bark beetle mortality in old pine forests at Crater Lake National Park

• Effects of coarse woody debris on reintroduction of fire in young dry site forests

•Effect of thinning and burning on alien understory species in pine forests

•Optimizing landscape level-fuel treatments

•Effects of thinning and burning on ecosystem processes (a national project called Fire and Fire Surrogates, with 13 sites nationwide)

•Effects of fire reintroduction on Oregon white oak

I am retiring after the 2006-2007 academic year and will no longer be accepting new graduate students in my program.

Current Sponsored Research:
Coordination of protocol reviews for long-term inventory and monitoring in the Pacific West Region
Fuel and fire hazard assessment at the USFS Savannah River Site using the Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS)