New publication

posted May 10, 2018, 2:40 PM by Melissa Lucash

Our new paper is out in Scientific Reports.  Great work Pep!

Serra-Diaz, JM, C Maxwell, MS Lucash, RM Scheller, DM Laflower, AD Miller, AJ Tepley, HE Epstein, KJ Anderson-Teixeira and JR Thompson. 2018. Disequilibrium of fire-prone forests sets the stage for a rapid decline in conifer dominance during the 21st century. Scientific Reports 8:6749. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-24642-2

A big thanks to those who attended the wrap-up webinar!

posted Jan 19, 2018, 2:59 PM by Charles Maxwell   [ updated Jan 25, 2018, 3:06 PM ]

Hi all,
I re-recorded the audio for the webinar, and the recording is available here.  However, viewing it requires downloading it, and the file size is quite large.  Feel free to follow up with me if you have any questions.

REU student is finishing up this fall

posted Oct 9, 2017, 6:42 PM by Melissa Lucash

Our REU student Terry Marcey is working on his first manuscript.  He is working with Maria Lopez to publish her MS work, and is getting help from Drs. Lucash, Shatford, Hibbs and Thompson on (hopefully) his first paper!  

New Klamath paper out in GCB!

posted Sep 15, 2017, 2:22 PM by Melissa Lucash

Our first Klamath paper is out and published in Global Change Biology!  

We found:
- Postfire conifer recruitment was limited to a narrow window, with 89% of recruitment in the first 4 years. 
- With increasing climatic water deficit, higher propagule pressure (i.e., smaller patch sizes for high-severity fire) was needed to support a given conifer seedling density. 
- Under a more severe prospective warming scenario, more than half of the area currently capable of supporting montane conifer forest could become subject to minimal conifer regeneration in even moderate-sized (10s of ha) high-severity patches by the end of the century.

Vulnerability to forest loss through altered postfire recovery dynamics in a warming climate in the Klamath Mountains

Alan J. Tepley, Jonathan R. Thompson, Howard E. Epstein, and Kristina J. Anderson-Teixeira

A big thank you to those who attend the workshop!

posted Feb 4, 2016, 2:25 PM by Melissa Lucash   [ updated Apr 19, 2016, 1:58 PM by Charles Maxwell ]

Our first stakeholder workshop took place April 18th in Yreka, CA at the Klamath National Forest Headquarters.  Thank you to those of you who attended!  Next steps will be announced shortly.

Hear about our project on OPB radio!

posted Dec 5, 2015, 12:52 PM by Melissa Lucash

Our project was featured on OPB radio, where we discuss the overall rationale for our study.

Adapting to Climate Change: Managing Federal Lands in a Changing Environment

posted Oct 18, 2015, 8:46 PM by Melissa Lucash   [ updated Oct 22, 2015, 2:52 PM ]

Dr. Melissa Lucash and Charles Maxwell attended a climate adaptation workshop sponsored by the US Forest Service, BLM, The Nature Conservancy,  Wildlife Conservation Society and others in Medford, Oregon on 10/18/15.  We took a brief trip into the field today. What was a gorgeous day!

Klamath t-shirts

posted Jul 29, 2015, 5:45 PM by Melissa Lucash   [ updated Jul 29, 2015, 5:46 PM ]

Thanks to Lindsay Kretchun's awesome logo design, we have t-shirts for our project! 

Meeting of Collaborators on May 17, 2015 in Happy Camp, CA

posted May 23, 2015, 12:09 PM by Melissa Lucash   [ updated Jun 4, 2015, 8:00 PM ]

Last week on May 17th, 2015, all the collaborators on this project met for the first time in Happy Camp, CA. Many of the collaborators hadn't met face to face, so this was a great opportunity to meet each other and discuss our visions for this project.  It was evident that everyone was happy to be part of this research and we were all so excited to have the opportunity to spend time together in such a beautiful place.  After an evening of music (thanks Jeff Shatford!) and good food, we had a meeting to discuss to our goals and timeline for the project.  We discussed the selection of field sites and outlined a plan for the modelling portion of the project.  Later that day, we went out in the field to see a plot and discuss the protocol for data collection on a plot firsthand.  The field crew was arriving later that week and several of the PIs stayed to meet them and help them get started on the data collection.  Overall, it was a productive meeting and we all left energized to work on this project and learn more about this diverse and beautiful landscape.

PI Meeting this weekend!

posted May 12, 2015, 7:13 PM by Melissa Lucash

Our first PI meeting will be held this weekend (5/16/15- 5/17/15) in Happy Camp, CA.  I'm looking forward to it!
- Melissa Lucash

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