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Thomas A. Spies

Research Forester
Pacific Northwest Research Station
USDA Forest Service

Project co-coordinator
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Dr. Spies will be responsible for coordinating the ecological and social research components as well as developing the biodiversity metrics.

Education Background

B.S., 1974, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
M.S., 1978, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Ph.D., 1983, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Research Interests

Forest ecology, forest succession, stand and landscape structure and dynamics, old growth forest ecology and conservation; overstory-understory relationships; coupled natural and human systems.

Research Support

  1. National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry. Assessing the scientific basis for standards/practices at the stand, management unit, landscape and regional level. $284,000. 2003-2005. Lead PI.
  2. Joint Fire Sciences Program. Effects of disturbance history, landscape pattern, and weather on wildfire severity in southwestern Oregon: implications for management of a fire-prone landscape. $291,333. 2004-2006. PI.
  3. NSF. Long-term Ecological Research at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. $5,640,000. 2008-2014. Co-PI.