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Forest Ecosystems and Communities

Summary Conifer-dominated forest ecosystems, both managed and unmanaged, provide a wide range of benefits to California's consumers, recreationists, workforce, and local residents. This workgroup focuses on generating and disseminating the best practices that connect forests, natural resource managers, and the broad array of communities that benefit.
Workgroup Chair Information
Name William Stewart (Chair)
Phone (510) 643-3130
Unit: Center for Forestry (UCB)
Membership List
AES Scientist
Allen-Diaz, Barbara
  CE Advisor, Emeritus Rangeland Ecology and Management
Barbour, Michael Department of Plant Sciences
  Professor   Botanist-AES Plant autecology, especially of coast, desert, vernal pool, and montane forest species
Barrett, Reginald Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Professor of Wildlife Ecology & Management Wildlife management, especially the response of wildlife to land management practices and the management of introduced vertebrates
Bartolome, James Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Professor Ecology and management of California's rangelands
Battles, John Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Professor of forest ecology Forest ecology and ecosystem dynamics
Beissinger, Steven Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
Berry, Alison Department of Plant Sciences
  Professor   Plant Biologist-AES Assessment of nitrogen fixing plants, root and root nodule development, management of woody landscape plants, mistletoe control, biofuels
Biging, Gregory Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Professor   Associate Dean   Forest Biometrics research for developing long-term forecasting models of forest growth for major forest types in California; remote sensing research for utilizing advanced digital data in forest inventory and for wildlife habitat assessment
Chapela, Ignacio Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Assistant Professor Mycology; fungi as biological resource to promote a balanced, sustained human development countering current trends of species and habitat loss; research linked to social and economic needs; bioprospecting, development of biocontrol agents, and sustainable management of forests. Basic research on fungal ecology.
Dodd, Richard Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Professor Plant population genetics and evolution
Fairfax, Sally Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Professor Emerita land conservation, public resource policy, food systems
Fortmann, Louise Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Natural resource sociology; rural development, science and society
Gilless, J. Keith Agricultural & Resource Economics & Policy
  Dean & Professor of Forest Economics Forest economics and management, regional economics, fire protection planning, forestry development
Gong, Peng Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Professor Remote sensing, map analysis, pattern recognition, principles of land information systems
Graham, Robert Environmental Sciences
  Professor Weathering, transformations & properties of soil minerals, genesis and behavior of soils and weathered rock in natural ecosystems; wildland soils
Hartsough, Bruce Biological & Agricultural Engineering
  Professor and Associate Dean (College of Engineering) Harvesting short rotation plantations; handling small trees on steep terrain; mechanics and dynamics of forestry equipment, modeling and systems analysis of forest operations; forest biomass for energy.
Huntsinger, Lynn Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Professor and Associate Dean of Instruction & Student Affairs Rangeland management and ecology, Native American natural resource management, pastoralism, culture and natural resources
McBride, Joe Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Professor Forest ecology; influence of land use on natural patterns of forest succession; riparian woodlands restoration; urban forestry
Minnich, Richard Earth Sciences
  Professor   Geographer Geography, fire ecology
O'Hara, Kevin Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Professor Silviculture, forest management, stand dynamics
O'Rourke, Dara Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Associate Professor
Peluso, Nancy Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Professor Natural resource sociology, political ecology, relationships between landscape change, resource access, and political economy, Southeast Asian resources, tropical forest management
Quinn, James Environmental Science and Policy
  Professor   Ecologist-AES Conservation biology, GIS, informatics tools for biodiversity, land use modeling, and water quality
Rogers, Deborah
  Resource Analyst
Romm, Jeffrey Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Professor Resource policy and economics; resource conservation and economic development; intergovernmental relations in resource management
Stephens, Scott Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Professor Wildland fire science, fire ecology, fire behavior, wildfire
CE Advisor
Battany, Mark San Luis Obispo County
  Water Management and Biometeorology Advisor Water management, soil management, soil salinity, frost protection, climate and weather evaluation, weather stations and sensors, water resources.
Bell, Carl Ventura County
  Regional Advisor Invasive Plants
Costello, Laurence
  Urban forestry and landscape horticulture
De Lasaux, Michael Plumas Sierra
  Natural Resources Advisor Forestry, Community Fuel Reduction and Watershed Management
Forero, Larry Shasta County
  County Director Livestock and Natural resources
Giusti, Gregory Lake County
  Past County Director Lake & Mendocino Counties, Advisor:Forests & Wildland Ecology - Retired/ Emeritus Status Forest management, wildlife management, vertebrate pest management, wetlands, watersheds, fisheries and freshwater ecology
Hartin, Janet San Bernardino County
  Environmental Horticulture Advisor and County Co-Director Environmental horticulture, arboriculture, sustainable landscapes (irrigation and soil/water relations; greenwaste management; integrated pest management stressing prevention); Master Gardener program
Kocher, Susie Central Sierra Cooperative Extension
  Forestry/ Natural Resources Advisor Forestry, fire and water quality, facilitation, public participation
Lacan, Igor San Mateo-San Francisco Counties
  Interim County Co-Director in San Mateo/San Francisco and Bay Area Environmental Horticulture Advisor Urban Forestry
Lancaster, Donald Modoc County
  Range and forage crops and natural resources
Larsen, Royce San Luis Obispo County
  Area Natural Resource/Watershed Advisor Water Quality and Non-point Source Pollution on Rangelands. Also, other natural resource issues including: Rangeland Improvements, Noxious Invasive Weeds, Wildland Fires, Grassland Restoration and Endangered Species.
Lile, David Lassen County
  County Director Livestock / Natural Resources
Marcum, Daniel Shasta-Lassen Office
  Farm Advisor - Emeritus Irrigation, plant nutrition, salinity, entomology, sustainable agriculture, agronomy, vegetable crops, engineering, plant pathology, integrated pest management, systems management, economics, weed control, nematology, strawberry nursery production, garlic, wild rice, alfalfa, timothy, sugarbeet, pasture, range, biodiversity, peppermint, viticulture
McDougald, Neil Madera County
  Natural Resources Farm Advisor, Emeritus Range and livestock
Nader, Glenn Sutter-Yuba Counties
  Farm Advisor   Livestock and Natural Resources, Emeritus Livestock, forage crops, range and natural resources
Oneto, Scott Central Sierra Cooperative Extension
  Farm Advisor / County Director Agriculture, master gardener program, rangeland management, weed science
Quarles, Stephen Contra Costa County
  CE Advisor  Emeritus Performance of materials in wood-frame buildings; wildfire; moisture; physical properties of wood
Shelly,, John Center for Forestry (UCB)
  CE Advisor - Forest Products and Biomass Utilization, Emeritus Forest Products, Wood manufacturing methods, biomass utilization,physical properties of wood
Valachovic, Yana Humboldt County Office
  Forest Advisor and Humboldt - Del Norte County Director Forest management and ecology
CE Specialist
Allen, Edith Botany & Plant Sciences
  CE Natural Resources Specialist & Professor of Plant Ecology
Axelson, Jodi Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist • Forest Health • Insect outbreaks • Dendrochronology • Wood anatomy • Silviculture
Butsic, Van Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Assistant Specialist in Coop Ext. Land Use Science
Campbell, Dave Human & Community Development
  Specialist in Cooperative Extension; Associate Dean, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Community development research and outreach in areas of local policy implementation, social service networks, local and regional food systems, accountability, citizenship, and governance.
DiTomaso, Joseph Weed Science Program
  CE Weed Specialist Non-crop areas, including weeds of rangeland, forestry, rights-of-way, roadside, wetlands, and natural sites and taxomony
Garbelotto, Matteo Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Extension Specialist in Forest Pathology and Adjunct Professor Forest pathology and mycology
Getz, Christy Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Associate Cooperative Extension Specialist Natural Resource-Dependent Workers and Communities
Kelly, Maggi ESPM - Ecosystem Sciences
  Director, Statewide IGIS Program, Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist GIS, remote sensing, landscape ecology, wetlands, deforestation
Moritz, Max UC Santa Barbara - CE Specialist
  Associate Specialist in Cooperative Extension Fire Ecology and Management; Disturbance Regimes; Spatial Analysis and GIS; Fire Policy
Nakamura, Gary Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Area Forestry Specialist;retired Conifer forest management, silviculture, environmental education for teachers, biomass harvesting, eucalyptus production, power plant ash, bioregional councils, community-based forestry
Scott, Thomas Earth Sciences
  Natural Resources   Wildlife Specialist Conservation of wildlife, wildlife/urban interface. Response of wildlife to human disturbances
Stewart, William Center for Forestry (UCB)
  Specialist forest management
Tietje, William
  Area Natural Resource Specialist Oak woodland ecology and management, human impacts on wildlife, oak regeneration, land use planning
Other ANR
Crump, Amanda Department of Plant Sciences
  Lecturer, International Agricultural Development Extension Education, Postsecondary Education, Women and Vulnerable Groups, International Agricultural Development, International Program Management and Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Integrated Pest Management, Tree Health, Technology Transfer Evaluation, everett
Frost, William ANR Research and Extension Center System
  CE Advisor, Emeritus, galen
Rodrigues, Kimberly Hopland Research & Extension Center
  Cooperative Extension Specialist, Emeritus Administration; Environmental Science, Policy and Management; Collaborative Science
Standiford, Richard ESPM - Ecosystem Sciences
  Cooperative Extension Forest Management Specialist, Emeritus Resource economics; forest management; hardwood rangelands; silviculture
Tittmann, Peter Biological & Agricultural Engineering
  Forestry, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Industrial Ecology, Bioenergy
West, Wendy Amador County
  UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program Manager Ag and Environmental Literacy, Nutrition
Baldocchi, Dennis Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Professor of Biometeorology biosphere-atmosphere interactions
(info only) Calvert, Jeff CDF Forestry Assistance
  Director forest stewardship
Henry, James Riverside County
  Farm Advisor, Emeritus Turf and landscape, Master Gardener Program
James, Cajun Sierra Pacific Industries
  Research director forest microclimate
Keithley, Chris
North, Malcolm USDA Forestry Science Lab
Shaw, David San Diego North County Office
  Farm Advisor Turfgrass, Landscape, Arboriculture, Irrigation Management
Simpson, Jim USFS - WCUFRE
  Research Scientist
Storer, Andrew J. Michigan Technological University
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(info only) Walter, Hartmut Dept. of Geography, UC Los Angeles
  Professor viable population maintenance; functional landscape analysis, geographic concepts for conservation biology, extinction processes, birds, reptiles
Other UC
Howard, Walter Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Biology
  Professor   Emeritus Ecology; behavior; defends responsible use of animals; management and control of wild vertebrates, especially rodents and coyotes
Mayhead, Gareth Center for Forestry (UCB)
  Academic Coordinator - Forest Products Woody biomass technology and markets, forest products, business development, forest certification, community forestry, forags
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Wood, David Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Professor   Emeritus Host selection behavior of forest insects; chemical ecology of forest insects; biology and ecology of barkbeetles, forest pest management, insect-pathogen-plant interactions,
Membership Totals
Number of Members84
ANR Members72
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