Pine beetle deforestationPeople & Research

Below are selected university and agency researchers in the Rocky Mountain Region who are currently conducting, or recently conducted, bark beetle studies (mainly related to water and climate, some fire and forest ecology), or are otherwise interested in bark beetle issues:

 

Holly Barnard
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and INSTAAR
University of Colorado
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Research Interests: Investigating how vegetation affects water flow dynamics and how water flow paths affect vegetation function
Expertise: Ecohydrology, stable isotope geochemistry, forest hydrology, tree physiology
Beetle Research Projects: Impact of bark beetle outbreaks on forest water yield in southern Wyoming (see Presentation, April 8 2010 symposium)

Jenny Briggs
Research Ecologist, US Geological Survey, Denver, CO
303-202-4078
Beetle Research Projects: Evaluating changes in fuels and potential fire behavior in Colorado's mountain pine beetle-affected lodgepole forests (USGS); Impacts of Mountain Pine Beetles on Carbon Sequestration in Southern Rocky Mountain Forests (FY11, USGS)

Paul Brooks
Associate Professor, Dept. of Hydrology and Water Resources
University of Arizona
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Research Interests: Interactions between the biosphere and the cycling of water, energy, and biogeochemicals, primarily carbon and nutrients
Expertise: Ecohydrology, biogeochemistry
Beetle Research Projects: Quantifying the Effects of Large-Scale Vegetation Change on Coupled Water, Carbon and Nutrient Cycles: Beetle Kill in Western Montane Forest (NSF; see Presentation, April 8 2010 symposium)

Fei Chen
Scientist III, National Center for Atmospheric Research
303-497-8454
Beetle Research Projects: Impacts of beetle kill and wildland fire on regional water and energy cycles in western North America (see Presentation, April 8 2010 symposium)

Tony Cheng
Director, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute
970-491-1900

Jessica Clement
Program Associate, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute
970-491-2104

David Clow
Hydrologist, US Geological Survey, Water Resources Division
Beetle Research Projects: Effects of mountain pine beetle on water quality in the Upper Colorado River Basin (see Abstract, April 8 2010 symposium)

Kelly Elder
Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service
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970-498-1233
Research Interests: Quantifying water balance in natural, disturbed, and managed ecosystems.
Expertise: Forest hydrology
Beetle research projects: Consequences of beetle-induced tree mortality on basin runoff (USFS; see Abstract, April 8 2010 symposium); Consequences of post-beetle salvage operations on hillslope hydrology (USFS)

Rob Hubbard
Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service
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970-498-1260
Research Interests: Plant-water relations and the role plants play in regulating hydrologic processes.
Expertise: Ecology and hydrology
Beetle research projects: How will changes in understory growth and water use following beetle induced overstory mortality affect stand transpiration and water yield? (USFS); What causes tree mortality following mountain pine beetle attack: blue stain fungi or phloem girdling by beetles? (USFS)

Linda Joyce
Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service
Homepage
970-498-2560
Research Interests: Impacts of climate change on forest and rangeland resources
Expertise: Quantitative ecology; climate adaptation

John McCray
Director, Hydrologic Science and Engineering Program
Colorado School of Mines
Homepage
303-273-3490
Research Interests: Movement of water and chemicals in hydrologic systems
Beetle research projects:The Impact on Hydrology and Metal Fluxes in Mountain Pine Beetle Infected Watersheds: Summit County, Colorado (see Mikkelson Presentation, April 8 2010 symposium)

James (Jimmy) McCutchan
Associate Director, CIRES Center for Limnology, University of Colorado
303-492-5192
Research Interests: Effects of forest disturbance on stream ecosystems
Expertise: Limnology, aquatic food webs, biogeochemistry
Beetle research projects:Effects of the mountain pine beetle on water quality in Colorado mountain streams (Western Water Assessment; see Presentation, April 8 2010 symposium)

Kristin Mikkelson
PhD Student, Hydrologic Science and Engineering Program
Colorado School of Mines
Research Interests: The flux of contaminants through the groundwater/surface water interface due to altered vegetation and hydrology
Beetle research projects:The Impact on Hydrology and Metal Fluxes in Mountain Pine Beetle Infected Watersheds: Summit County, Colorado (see Presentation, April 8 2010 symposium)

Noah Molotch
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
University of Colorado - Boulder
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Research Interests: Processes controlling hydrologic fluxes in cold regions and within the greater Earth system
Expertise: Surface water and snow hydrology; remote sensing; ecohydrology
Beetle research projects: Snowmelt perturbations in the Upper Colorado River Basin, Impacts of Mountain Pine Beetle outbreak on distributed snowpack processes (see Abstract, April 8 2010 symposium)

Evan Pugh
PhD, 2012, Department of Geological Sciences
University of Colorado - Boulder
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Research Interests: Processes controlling hydrologic fluxes in mountain regions
Expertise: Snow hydrology, forest hydrology
Beetle Research Project: The impact of pine beetle infestation on snow accumulation and melt in the headwaters of the Colorado River (see Presentation, April 8 2010 symposium)

Chuck Rhoades
US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
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970-498-1250
Research Interests: Nutrient cycling impacts of mountain pine beetle, wildfire, and forest operations; importance of nitrogen-fixing trees and shrubs in natural and managed ecosystems; ecosystem restoration.
Expertise: Biogeochemistry
Ongoing Beetle Research: Comparing Water, Soil, Vegetation, Fuel and Fire Behavior Responses to Management Options in Mountain Pine Beetle-Infested Forests (see Presentation, April 8 2010 symposium); Effects of bark beetle outbreak on water quality and nutrient export, Fraser Experimental Forest (USFS, Denver Water)

Monique Rocca
Assistant Professor, Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Watershed Stewardship
Colorado State University
Homepage
970-491-2112
Research Interests: Mountain pine beetle and forest ecology in Colorado
Expertise: Fire science and management, restoration, and forest ecology
Beetle Research Projects: Forest dynamics and fire behavior following mountain pine beetle mortality in Rocky Mountain National Park

Tania Schoennagel
Associate Scientist, INSTAAR, University of Colorado - Boulder
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Research Interests: Causes and consequences of western forest disturbances
Expertise: Forest and landscape ecology
Beetle Research Projects: Wildfire and Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreaks in Subalpine Forests: Cross-scale Interactions Under Varying Climate (NSF)

Jason Sibold
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology [Geography Program]
Colorado State University
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Research Interests: Natural and anthropogenic drivers of forest ecosystem dynamics and change
Expertise: Biogeography and forest ecology
Beetle Research Projects: The influence of natural and anthropogenic disturbances on the severity and ecological consequences of the current mountain pine beetle outbreak (NPS)

John Stednick
Professor, Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Watershed Stewardship
Homepage
970-491-7248
Research Interests: Forest hydrology; effects of natural disturbances on water resources
Expertise: Forest hydrology, water quality hydrology, biogeochemistry
Beetle Research Projects:Water resource responses in beetle-killed catchments in north-central Colorado (CWI; see Presentation, April 8 2010 symposium)

Bill Travis
Associate Professor, Department of Geography
Center for Science and Technology Policy Research
University of Colorado - Boulder
Homepage
303-492-6312
Research Interests: Human dimensions of climate change; recent land transformations in the American West
Expertise: Human behavior in the environment, land use, interactions of people and ecosystems
Beetle Research Projects: Human and Ecosystem Responses to Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreaks in the Colorado Front Range (NSF; PI: Alan Townsend, CU)

Tom Veblen
Professor, Department of Geography
University of Colorado - Boulder
Biogeography Lab
Research Interests and Expertise: biogeography, forest ecology, landscape ecology and the ecological aspects of global environmental change
Beetle Research Projects: Wildfire and Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreaks in Subalpine Forests: Cross-scale Interactions Under Varying Climate (NSF)

Judy Visty
Director, Continental Divide Research Center
National Park Service, Rocky Mountain National Park
970-586-1302

Carol Wessman
Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Colorado - Boulder
Homepage
303-492-1139
Research Interests: Ecosystem ecology, landscape ecology, regional and global biogeochemical cycling
Expertise: Landscape ecology
Beetle Research Projects: Snowmelt perturbations in the Upper Colorado River Basin