Forest Research

Our lab group broadly focuses on forest ecology, conservation, ecological genetics, species restoration, and understanding the role and interaction of diseases, insects, fire, drought, and historical disturbances (e.g., fire exclusion, logging, non-native pathogen introductions, outbreaks by native insects, fire, grazing, etc.) in forest ecosystems of California and Nevada.

Figure 1.  Location of long-term study sites and source populations (common garden studies) for sugar pine, western white pine and whitebark pine in lower montane, upper montane and subalpine vegetation zones.  Range distribution maps shown for each species (Map source: USGS 1999 Digital representation of “Atlas of United States Trees” by Elbert L. Little Jr.).

Figure 2. Conservation and restoration activities. Photo credits: D. Vogler, P. Maloney. M. Frye.

Funding Sources:

  • Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act (SNPLMA), Round 7,9,10,11
  • Nevada Division of State Lands – Lake Tahoe License Plate Program Grants
  • USDA Forest Health Monitoring, Evaluation Monitoring (EM) Program
  • USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region
  • Collaborators
  • Dr. Detlev Vogler, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Institute of Forest Genetics
  • Annette Delfino Mix, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Institute of Forest Genetics