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Margaret Metz

Associate Professor of Biology

  • Margaret Metz
    Copyright, Steve Hambuchen

Biology-Psychology Hall

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.

Teaching

BIO 201 – Biological Core Concepts: Systems

BIO 323 – Plant Biology

BIO 370 – Disease Ecology

Academic Credentials

Postdoctoral Training, University of California, Davis. Plant Pathology.

PhD University of California, Berkeley, 2007. Integrative Biology

AB Princeton University, 1998.  Ecology & Evolutionary Biology