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Landscape Dynamics and Disturbance

Forest and stream ecosystems undergo progressive, slow change by processes such as succession and soil development. Abrupt changes are induced by disturbances such as fire, flood, wind, landslides, forest cutting, roads, insects, and volcanic activity. The interplay of disturbances and succession drive ecosystem dynamics. We study the past and present frequency, severity, duration, and spatial pattern of natural and management disturbance processes that dominate the disturbance regimes of the Andrews Forest and other parts of the Pacific Northwest. We also study effects of disturbances on biota and on ecological and watershed processes.

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Buma, Brian. 2013. Nutrient responses to ecosystem disturbances from annual to multi-millennial timescales. New Phytologist. 201:13-15. (Pub No: 4830)

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)

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)

Rice, Janine. M.; Halpern, Charles. B.; Antos, Joseph. A.; Jones, Julia. A. 2012. Spatio-temporal patterns of tree establishment are indicative of biotic interactions during early invasion of a montane meadow. Plant Ecology. 213: 555-568. (Pub No: 4710)

Tepley, Alan J.; Thomann, Enrique A. 2012. Analytical approximation of a stochastic, spatial simulation model of fire and forest landscape dynamics. Ecological Modelling. 233: 41-51. (Pub No: 4757)

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)

Perry, David A.; Hessburg, Paul F.; Skinner, Carl N.; Spies, Thomas A.; Stephens, Scott L.; Taylor, Alan Henry; Franklin, Jerry F.; McComb, Brenda; Riegel, Greg. 2011. The ecology of mixed severity fire regimes in Washington, Oregon, and Northern California. Forest Ecology and Management. 262: 703-717. (Pub No: 4664)

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, 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)

Halpern, C. B.; Antos, J. A.; Rice, J. M.; Haugo, R. D.; Lang, N. L. 2010. Tree invasion of a montane meadow complex: temporal trends, spatial patterns, and biotic interactions. Journal of Vegetation Science. 1-16, doi:10.1111/j.1654-1103.2010.01183.x. (Pub No: 4579)

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)

Tepley, Alan J. 2010. Age structure, developmental pathways, and fire regime characterization of Douglas-fir/western hemlock forests in the central western Cascades of Oregon. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University. 278 p. Ph.D. dissertation. (Pub No: 4628)

Nash, Steve. 2010. Making sense of Mount St. Helens. BioScience. 60( 8): 571-575. (Pub No: 4631)

Haugo, Ryan D. 2010. Causes and consequences of conifer invasion into Pacific Northwest grasslands. Seattle, WA: University of Washington. 187 p. Ph.D. dissertation. (Pub No: 4640)

McFadden, Andrew K. 2010. The effects of stand thinning on soil erosion rates at Jim's Creek in the Willamette National Forest, Oregon. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University. 96 p. M.S. research paper. (Pub No: 4655)

Rice, Janine M. 2009. Forest-meadow dynamics in the central western Oregon Cascades: topographic, biotic, and environmental change effects. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University. 221 p. Ph.D. dissertation. (Pub No: 4619)

Goodrich, Charles; Moore, Kathleen Dean; Swanson, Frederick J., eds. 2008. In the blast zone: catastrophe and renewal on Mount St. Helens. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press. 124 p. (Pub No: 4181)

Tepley, A. J.; Swanson, F. J.; Black, B. A. 2008. Climatic influences on centennial-scale variation in the fire regime of the western Cascades of Oregon [Poster]. In: The First American Dendrochronology Conference - AmeriDendro 2008 ; Vancouver, BC. [Place of publication unknown]: Tree Ring Society: [Online]. Available: http://www.treeringsociety.org/AmeriDendro2008/ (Pub No: 4440)

Dale, Virginia H.; Swanson, Frederick J.; Crisafulli, Charles M., eds. 2005. Ecological responses to the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. New York, NY: Springer. 342 p. (Pub No: 3673)

Forman, Richard T. T.; Sperling, Daniel; Bissonette, John A.; Clevenger, Anthony P.; Cutshall, Carol D.; Dale, Virginia H.; Fahrig, Lenore; France, Robert; Goldman, Charles R.; Heanue, Kevin; Jones, Julia A.; Swanson, Frederick J. ; Turrentine, Thomas; Winter, Thomas C. 2003. Road Ecology: science and solutions. Washington, DC: Island Press: 481 p. (Pub No: 3213)

Weisberg, Peter J.; Swanson, Frederick J. 2003. Regional synchroneity in fire regimes of western Oregon and Washington, USA. Forest Ecology and Management. 172: 17-28. (Pub No: 2416)

Cohen, Warren B.; Spies, Thomas A.; Alig, Ralph J.; Oetter, Douglas R.; Maiersperger, Thomas K.; Fiorella, Maria. 2002. Characterizing 23 years (1972-1995) of stand replacement disturbance in western Oregon forests with Landsat imagery. Ecosystems. 5: 122-137. (Pub No: 2818)

Wemple, Beverley C. ; Swanson, Frederick J.; Jones, Julia A. 2001. Forest roads and geomorphic process interactions, Cascade Range, Oregon. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 26: 191-204. (Pub No: 2731)

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)

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)