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Advancing ecological science to support sustainable forest management.


Research in the Forest Ecology Lab includes basic and applied aspects of forest ecology. Our current work addresses three topics: (1) disturbances and structural development of natural forests, (2) causes and consequences of spatial heterogeneity in forest ecosystems, (3) ecological basis for and effectiveness of forest restoration treatments. Dr. Andrew Larson directs the Forest Ecology Lab.

Where We Work

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12/9/2012 Forest Ecology Lab alum Anton Gabrielson's undergraduate thesis research was published today in the journal Fire Ecology.  Read all about it here!

8/28/2012 The Montana Kaimin covered our recent expedition in the Bob Marshall Wilderness in today's paper!

7/25/2012 Our upcoming trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness to study active fire regime western larch forests (and look for a new national champion western larch) was featured in the Missoulian toady.

7/23/2012 The Missoulian covers our forest restoration monitoring work in the Southwestern Crown of the Continent.

7/18/2012 Our new study of restoration thinning effects on forest spatial heterogeneity was published today in the Canadian Journal of Forest Research. More information can be found on the Publications and Forest Science Briefings pages.

Featured Forest

Twice burned ponderosa pine forest.

A twice-burned (in 2003 and 2011) ponderosa pine
Bob Marshall Wilderness, Montana, USA.