Associate Professor of Biology
- Copyright, Steve Hambuchen
How do over a thousand species of trees coexist in an area the size of ~100 football fields? What happens to fire-prone forests when a non-native pathogen is introduced and kills high numbers of just a few species? I am a plant community ecologist, and those are two examples of questions I investigate in my research on forest diversity. I explore the relative importance of biotic interactions, disturbance, and the abiotic environment in driving dynamics. My students and I do field research on pathogens and natural regeneration in the old growth conifer forests of the Columbia River Gorge. I have ongoing research programs in both the coastal forests of the western US, where a recently introduced pathogen is transforming forest diversity, and in the tropical rainforests of eastern Ecuador, where I have a long-term project on the role of natural regeneration in the maintenance of the hyperdiversity in Amazonian forests.
BIO 201 – Biological Core Concepts: Systems
BIO 323 – Plant Biology
BIO 370 – Disease Ecology
Postdoctoral Training, University of California, Davis. Plant Pathology.
PhD University of California, Berkeley, 2007. Integrative Biology
AB Princeton University, 1998. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology