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Robert Pabst

321 Richardson Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: 541-750-7435
Fax: 541-737-1393
Primary Email:

Link to Personal Web Page

Official position at address above: Senior Faculty Research Assistant
Educational Institutions attended: University of Minnesota
Roles/Affiliations: Project leader for the Permanent Study Plot Program
Principal Collaborators: Tom Spies, Mark Harmon
General Interests: forest succession, plant community ecology, riparian forests, restoration ecology
Current Research Projects/Activities: Ecological characteristics and dynamics of late-successional forests
Long-term dynamics of riparian forests
Forest understory response to gap formation
Post-fire forest ecology
Simulation modeling of forest succession and stand dynamics


Acker, Steven A.; Kertis, Jane A.; Pabst, Robert J. 2017. Tree regeneration, understory development, and biomass dynamics following wildfire in a mountain hemlock (Tsuga mertensiana) forest. Forest Ecology and Management. 384: 72-82. doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2016.09.047 (Pub No: 4957)
Zald, Harold S.J.; Spies, Thomas A.; Seidl, Rupert; Pabst, Robert J.; Olsen, Keith A.; Steel, E. Ashley. 2016. Complex mountain terrain and disturbance history drive variation in forest aboveground live carbon density in the western Oregon Cascades, USA. Forest Ecology and Management. 366: 193-207. doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2016.01.036 (Pub No: 4924)
Harmon, M.E.; Pabst, R.J. 2015. Testing predictions of forest succession using long-term measurements: 100 yrs of observations in the Oregon Cascades. Journal of Vegetation Science. 26: 722-732. doi: 10.1111/jvs.12273 (Pub No: 4880)
Stephenson, N. L.; Das, A. J.; Condit, R.; Russo, S. E.; Baker, P. J.; Beckman, N. G.; Coomes, D. A.; Lines, E. R.; Morris, W. K.; Ruger, N.; Alvarez, E.; Blundo, C.; Bunyavejchewin, S.; Chuyong, G.; Davies, S. J.; Duque, A.; Ewango, C. N.; Flores, O.; Franklin, J. F.; Grau, H. R.; Hao, Z.; Harmon, M. E.; Hubbell, S. P.; Kenfack, D.; Lin, Y.; Makana, J.-R.; Malizia, A.; Malizia, L. R.; Pabst, R. J.; Pongpattananurak, N.; Su, S.-H.; Sun, I-F.; Tan, S.; Thomas, D.; van Mantgem, P. J.; Wang, X.; Wiser, S. K.; Zavala, M. A. 2014. Rate of tree carbon accumulation increases continuously with tree size. Nature. 2014/01/15/online:1476-4687. doi:10.1038/nature12914. (Pub No: 4835)
Pham, Tuan; Jones, Julia; Metoyer, Ronald; Swanson, Frederick; Pabst, Robert. 2013. Interactive visual analysis promotes exploration of long-term ecological data. Ecosphere 4(9):112, doi:10.1890/ES13-00121.1. (Pub No: 4824)
Gray, Andrew N., Spies, Thomas A., and Pabst, Robert J. 2012. Canopy gaps affect long-term patterns of tree growth and mortality in mature and old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest. Forest Ecology and Management 281:111-120. (Pub No: 4781)
Seidl, Rupert., Spies, Thomas A., Rammer, Werner., Steel, E. Ashley., Pabst, Robert. J., Olsen, Keith. 2012. Multi-scale Drivers of Spatial Variation in Old-Growth Forest Carbon Density Disentangled with Lidar and an Individual-Based Landscape Model. Ecosystems. Ecosystems 15:1321-1335. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-012-9587-2 (Pub No: 4792)