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

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

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