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Fred Swanson

Phone: (541) 750-7355
Fax: (541) 750-7329
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USDA Forest Service
Pacific NW Research Station
3200 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331

Official position at address above: Research Geologist - retired
Educational Institutions attended: Ph.D., 1972 , Geology, University of Oregon, Eugene
B.S., 1966, Geological Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Roles/Affiliations: Co-PI, H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest LTER

Professor (courtesy), Depts. Forest Science &
Geosciences, Oregon State University
Principal Collaborators: Charlie Crisafulli, Charlie Halpern, Julia Jones, Kathleen Dean Moore and Charles Goodrich (Spring Creek Project)
General Interests: Geomorphology, physical disturbances, research-management-policy links, ecological effects of Mount St. Helens eruptions, collaboration of ecologists and nature writers (Long-Term Ecological Reflections)
Current Research Projects/Activities: Landslides and other watershed responses to floods, fire history in W. Oregon, forest landscape management using understanding of disturbance history, science-humanities interactions in sacred places.
Intersite LTER/International Activities: Encourage development of LTER-like programs in western Pacific nations and science-humanities interactions at LTER, ILTER, and similar field sites.


Brodie, N.; C. Goodrich; F. J. Swanson (eds). 2016. Forest Under Story: Creative Inquiry in an Old-Growth Forest. Seattle: Univ. of Washington Press. 251 p. (Pub No: 4918)
Goodrich, Charles; Swanson, Frederick J. 2016. Long-Term Ecological Reflections: Art Among Science Among Place. Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments. August 28, 2016: 5 p. (Pub No: 4936)
Swanson, F. J. 2015. Confluence of arts, humanities, and science at sites of long-term ecological inquiry. Ecosphere. 6(8):1-23. doi: 10.1890/ES15-00139.1 (Pub No: 4907)
Ryan, Douglas F.; Swanson, Frederick J. 2014. Networked Science Among Experimental Forests and Ranges: Past Experience and a Vision for the Future. In: Hayes, Deborah C.; Stout, Susan L.; Crawford, Ralph F.; Hoover, Anne P. eds. 2014. USDA Forest Service Experimental Forests and Ranges: Research for the Long-Term. New York: Springer. Chapter 24: 565-582. DOI 10.1007/978-1-4614-1818-4_24 (Pub No: 4901)
Tepley, A. J., F. J. Swanson, and T. A. Spies. 2014. Post-fire tree establishment and early cohort development in conifer forests of the western Cascades of Oregon, USA. Ecosphere 5(7):80. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES14-00112.1 (Pub No: 4863)
Vose, James M.; Swank, Wayne T.; Adams, Mary Beth; Amatya, Devendra; Campbell, John; Johnson, Sherri; Swanson, Frederick J.; Kolka, Randy; Lugo, Ariel E.; Musselman, Robert; Rhoades, Charles. 2014.The Role of Experimental Forests and Ranges in the Development of Ecosystem Science and Biogeochemical Cycling Research. In: Hayes, Deborah C.; Stout, Susan L.; Crawford, Ralph F.; Hoover, Anne P. eds. 2014. USDA Forest Service Experimental Forests and Ranges: Research for the Long-Term. New York: Springer. Chapter 17: 387-403. DOI 10.1007/978-1-4614-1818-4_17 (Pub No: 4900)
Peters, Debra P.C.; Lugo, Ariel E.; Chapin III, F.S.; Tepley, A.J.; Swanson, F.J. 2013. Disturbance Regimes and Ecological Responses Across Sites. In: Long-Term Trends in Ecological Systems: A Basis for Understanding Responses to Global Change. Technical Bulletin Number 1931. Washington, DC: United States Department of Agriculture: chapter 9. (Pub No: 4845)
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)
Tepley, Alan J.; Swanson, Frederick J.; Spies, Thomas A. 2013. Fire-mediated pathways of stand development in Douglas-fir/western hemlock forests of the Pacific Northwest, USA. Ecology. 94(8): 1729-1743. (Pub No: 4839)
DeMeo, Thomas E.; Swanson, Frederick J.; Smith, Edward B.; Buttrick, Steven C.; Kertis, Jane; Rice, Jeanne; Ringo, Christopher D.; Waltz, Amy; Zanger, Chris; Friesen, Cheryl A.; Cissel, John H. 2012. In: Wiens, John A.; Hayward, Gregory D.; Safford, Hugh D.; Giffen, Catherine M., eds. Historical Environmental Variations in Conservation and Natural Resource Management. First edition. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.: Chapter 13, 194-204. (Pub No: 4858)
Driscoll, Charles T.; Lambert, Kathleen F.; Chapin, F. Stuart III; Nowak, David J..; Spies, Thomas A.; Swanson, Frederick J.; Kittredge, David B. Jr.; Hart, Clarisse M. 2012. Science and society: the role of long-term studies in environmental stewardship. BioScience. 62(4):354-366. DOI:10.1525/bio.2012.62.4.7. (Pub No: 4670)
Thompson, Jonathan R.; Wiek, Arnim; Swanson, Frederick J.; Carpenter, Stephen R.; Fresco, Nancy; Hollingsworth, Teresa; Spies, Thomas A.; Foster, David R. 2012. Scenario studies as a synthetic and integrative research activity for Long-Term Ecological Research. BioScience. 64(4):367-376. DOI:10.1525/bio.2012.62.4.8. (Pub No: 4669)
Peters, D. P. C.; Lugo, A. E.; Chapin, F. S. III; Tepley, A. J.; Swanson, F. J. 2011. Disturbance regimes and ecological responses across sites. In: Yao J Long-term trends in ecological systems: A basis for understanding responses to global change. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. Chapter 8; 54-57. (Pub No: 4585)
Peters, Debra P. C. ; Lugo, Ariel E.; Chapin, F. Stuart III; Pickett, Steward T. A.; Duniway, Michael; Rocha, Adrian V.; Swanson, Frederick J.; Laney, Christine; Jones, Julia. 2011. Cross-system comparisons elucidate disturbance complexities and generalities. Ecosphere. 2(7): Art81, doi:10.1890/ES11-00115.1. (Pub No: 4515)
Swanson, Fred. 2011. On the spot: approaching Chaiten volcano. In: Campbell, SueEllen with Hunt Alex; Kerridge, Richard; Lynch, Tom; Wohl, Ellen. The face of the earth: natural landscapes, science, and culture. University of California Press: 45-48. (Pub No: 4608)
Mazza, Rhonda with Charlie Crisafulli Fred Swanson Tom Mulder Peter Frenzen. 2010 . Mount St. Helens 30 years later: a landscape reconfigured. Science Update 19. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 11 p. (Pub No: 4589)
Pallister, John S.; Major, Jon J.; Pierson, Thomas C.; Hoblitt, Richard P.; Lowenstern, Jacob B.; Eichelberger, John C.; Lara, Luis; Moreno, Hugo; Muńoz, Jorgé; Castro, Jonathan M.; Iroumé, Andrés; Andreoli, Andrea; Jones, Julia; Swanson, Fred; Crisafulli, Charlie. 2010. Interdisciplinary studies of eruption at Chaitén Volcano, Chile. EOS, Transactions of American Geophysical Union. 91(42): 381-392. (Pub No: 4584)
Spies, Thomas A.; Giesen, Thomas W.; Swanson, Frederick J.; Franklin, Jerry F.; Lach, Denise; Johnson, K. Norman. 2010. Climate change adaptation strategies for federal forests of the Pacific Northwest, USA: ecological, policy, and socio-economic perspectives. Landscape Ecology. 25(8): 1185-1199. (Pub No: 4612)
Swanson, Frederick J. 2010. Review of the books Between Earth and Sky and Cottonwood and the River of Time. Oregon Historical Quarterly. 111(2): 265-267. (Pub No: 4568)
Swanson, Frederick J.; Eubanks, Steve; Adams, Mary Beth; Brissette, John C.; DeMuth, Carol. 2010. Guide to effective research-management collaboration at long-term environmental research sites. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-821. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 12 p. (Pub No: 4475)
Swanson, Mark E.; Franklin, Jerry F.; Beschta, Robert L.; Crisafulli, Charles M.; DellaSala, Dominick A.; Hutto, Richard L.; Lindenmayer, David B.; Swanson, Frederick J. 2010. The forgotten stage of forest succession: early-successional ecosystems on forest sites. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. doi:10.1890/090157. (Pub No: 4558)
Dale, V. H.; Crisafulli, C. M.; Swanson, F. J. 2005. 25 years of ecological change at Mount St. Helens. Science. 308: 961-962. (Pub No: 3866)
Cissel, John H.; Swanson, Frederick J.; Weisberg, Peter J. 1999. Landscape management using historical fire regimes: Blue River, Oregon. Ecological Applications. 9(4): 1217-1231. (Pub No: 2502)
Johnson, K. Norman; Swanson, Frederick; Herring, Margaret; Greene, Sarah, eds. 1999. Bioregional assessments: science at the crossroads of management and policy. Washington, DC: Island Press. 395 p. (Pub No: 2510)
Swanson, Frederick J.; Johnson, Sherri L.; Gregory, Stanley V.; Acker, Steven A. 1998. Flood disturbance in a forested mountain landscape. BioScience. 48(9): 681-689. (Pub No: 2430)
Swanson, F. J.; Franklin, J. F. 1992. New forestry principles from ecosystem analysis of Pacific Northwest forests. Ecological Applications. 2(3): 262-274. (Pub No: 1359)

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Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware
Personal Interests: Family, mountain biking.