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Urgenson, L.S., C.M. Ryan, C.B. Halpern, J.D. Bakker, R.T. Belote, J.F. Franklin, R.D. Haugo, C.R. Nelson, and A.E.M. Waltz. In Press. Social perspectives on ecological reference conditions in collaborative restoration of fire- adapted forest landscapes. Restoration Ecology.

Carnwath, G.C. and C.R. Nelson. 2017. Effects of biotic and abiotic factors on resistance versus resilience of Douglas fir to drought. PLOS One 12(10): e0185604.

Gatica-Saavedra†, P, C. Echeverría, and C.R. Nelson. 2017. Indicators for assessing ecological success of forest restoration. Restoration Ecology doi: 10.1111/rec.12586.

Nelson, C.R., K. Bowers, J. Lyndall, S. Munro, and S.T. Stanley. 2017. Professional certification in ecological restoration: improving the practice and the profession. Restoration Ecology 25:4-7.

Keville, M., C.R. Nelson, and F.R Hauer. 2017Trends in academic productivity in the field of ecology. Ecosphere 8. DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.1620.

Urgenson, L.S., C.M. Ryan, C.B. Halpern, J.D. Bakker, R.T. Belote, J.F. Franklin, R.D. Haugo, C.R. Nelson, and A.E.M. Waltz. 2017. Visions of restoration in fire-adapted forest landscapes: Lessons from the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. Environmental Management 59:354-355.

Gibson A, L. Fishman, and C.R. Nelson. 2016. Polyploidy: a missing link in the conversation about restoration of a commonly seeded native grass in western North America. Restoration Ecology DOI: 10.1111/rec.12408.

Gibson A.L., and C.R. Nelson. 2017. Comparing provisional seed transfer zones for a commonly seeded grass, Pseudoroegneria spicata. Natural Areas Journal 37:188-199.

Carnwath, G.C., and C.R. Nelson. 2016. The effect of competition on responses to drought and inter-annual climate variability of a dominant conifer tree of western North America. Journal of Ecology DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12604.

Hauer, R.F, H. Locke, V.J. Dreitz, M. Hebblewhite, W.H. Lowe, C.C. Muhlfeld, C.R. Nelson, M.F. Proctor, S.B. Rood. 2016. Gravel-bed river floodplains are the ecological nexus of glaciated mountain landscapes. Sciences Advances DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600026.

Wagner, V., P.M. Antunes, M Irvine, and C.R. Nelson. 2016. Narrowing the knowledge gap: Herbicide usage for invasive non-native plant management in wildland areas of North America. Journal of Applied Ecology.

Gibson, A.L., E. Espeland, V. Wagner, and C.R. Nelson. 2016. Determining local adaptation in plants: the state of the science and its application to land management. Evolutionary Applications. DOI: 10.1111/eva.12379.

Parks S.A., L. M. Holsinger, C. Miller, and C.R. Nelson. 2015. Wildfire as a self-regulating mechanism: the role of previous burns and weather in limiting fire progression. Ecological Applications.  25: 1478–1492.

Hobbs, R.J., E.S. Higgs, C.M. Hall, P. Bridgewater, F.S. Chapin III, E.C. Ellis, J.J. Ewel, L.M. Hallett, J.A. Harris, K.B. Hulvey, S.T. Jackson, P.L. Kennedy, C. Kueffer, L. Lach, T.C. Lantz, A.E. Lugo, J. Mascaro, S.D. Murphy, C.R. Nelson, M.P. Perring, D.M. Richardson, T.R. Seastedt, R. J. Standish, B.M. Starzomski, K.N. Suding, P.M. Tognetti, L. Yakob, and L. Yung. Dec. 2014. Managing the whole landscape: historical, hybrid and novel ecosystems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Wagner, V., and C.R. Nelson. 2014. Herbicides can negatively affect seed performance in native plants. Restoration Ecology. 22:288-291.

Parks, S.A., C, Miller, C.R. Nelson, and Z. A. Holden. 2013. Previous fires moderate burn severity of subsequent wildland fires in two large western US wilderness areas.  Ecosystems DOI: 10.1007/s10021-013-9704-x.

Harris, J.A., S.D. Murphy, C.R. Nelson, M. Perring, and P. Tognetti. 2013. Characterizing novel ecosystems: challenges for measurement. Chapter 24 in Hobbs, R. and E. Higgs, Novel Ecosystems: When and How Do We Intervene in the New Ecological World Order? London: Wiley-Blackwell.

Hulvey, K.B., R.J. Standish, L.M. Hallett, B.M. Starzomski, S.D. Murphy, C.R. Nelson, M.R. Gardener, P.L. Kennedy, T. Seastedt, and K.N. Suding. 2013. Incorporating novel ecosystems into management frameworks. Chapter 18 in Hobbs, R. and E. Higgs, Novel Ecosystems When and How Do We Intervene in the New Ecological World Order? London: Wiley-Blackwell.

Carnwath, G.C., D.W. Peterson, and C.R. Nelson. 2012. Effect of crown class and habitat type on climate-growth relationships of ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir. Forest Ecology and Management 285: 44-52.

Parisien, M.A., S. Snetsinger, J.A. Greenberg, C.R. Nelson, T. Schoennagel, S.Z. Dobrowski, and M.A. Moritz. 2012. Spatial variability in wildfire probability across the western United States. International Journal of Wildland Fire 21(4) 313-327.

Switalski, T. A. and C.R. Nelson. 2011. Efficacy of Road Removal for Restoring Black Bear Habitat in the Northern Rocky Mountains, USA. Biological Conservation 144: 2666-2673.

Alexander, S., C.R. Nelson, J. Aronson, D. Lamb, A. Cliquet, K. Erwin, M. Finlayson, R. de Groot, J. Harris, E. Higgs, R. Hobbs, R.R. Lewis III, D. Martinez, and C. Murcia. 2011. Opportunities and Challenges for Ecological Restoration within REDD+. Restoration Ecology. 19:683-794.

Abrahamson, I., C.R. Nelson, and D. Affleck. 2011. Assessing the performance of sampling designs for measuring abundance of understory plants. Ecological Applications 21: 452-464.

Grant, A.S., C.R. Nelson, A. Switalski, and S. Rinehart. 2011. Restoration of native plant communities after road decommissioning: effect of seed mix composition and density on vegetation establishment. Restoration Ecology 19(201): 160-169.

Schoennagel, T., and C.R. Nelson. 2011. Restoration relevance of recent National Fire Plan treatments in forests of the Western US. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 9: 271-277.

Sutherland, S. and C.R. Nelson. 2010. Nonnative plant response to silvicultural treatments: a model based on disturbance, propagule pressure, and competitive abilities. Western Journal of Applied Forestry 25: 27-33.

Schoennagel, T., C.R. Nelson, D.M. Theobald, G.C. Carnwath, and T.B. Chapman. 2009. Implementation of National Fire Plan treatments near the wildland-urban interface in the western United States. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106: 10706-10711.

Schoennagel, T., C.R. Nelson, D.M. Theobald, G.C. Carnwath, and T. B. Chapman. 2009. Reply to Fitzsimmons: Transparency needed in defining fire-mitigation effort near wildland-urban interface. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106: E88-E88

Manolis, J., K. M. Chan, S. Stephens, M. Finkelstein, C.R. Nelson, J. B. Grant, and M. P. Dombeck. 2009. Leadership: A new frontier in conservation science. Conservation Biology 23: 879-886.

Nelson, C.R., C.B. Halpern, and J.K. Agee. 2008. Thinning and burning have little effect on native plant communities but promote low-level invasion by nonnative plants. Ecological Applications 18: 762-770.

Nelson, C.R., T. Schoennagel, and E. Gregory. 2008. Opportunities for academic training in the science and practice of restoration within the United States and Canada. Restoration Ecology 16: 225-230.

Nelson, C.R., C.B. Halpern, and J.A. Antos. 2007. Variation in responses of late-seral herbs to disturbance and environmental stress. Ecology 88: 2880-2890.

Grant, J.B., J.D. Olden, Lawler, J.J, C.R. Nelson, and B. Silliman. 2007. Academic institutions in the United States and Canada ranked according to performance in the field of Conservation Biology. Conservation Biology 21: 1139-1144.

Lawler, J.J, J.E. Aukema, J.B. Grant, B. Halpern, P. Kareiva, C.R. Nelson, J.D. Olden, K. Ohleth, M.A. Schlaepfer, B. Silliman, and P. Zaradic. 2006. Conservation science:  A twenty-year report card. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 4: 473-480.

Nelson, C.R. and C.B. Halpern. 2005. Edge-related responses of understory plants to aggregated retention harvest in the Pacific Northwest. Ecological Applications 15(1): 196-209.

Nelson, C.R. and C.B. Halpern. 2005. Short-term effects of timber harvest and forest edges on ground-layer bryophytes in the Pacific Northwestern United States. Canadian Journal of Botany 83: 610-620.

Nelson, C.R. and C.B. Halpern. 2005. Short-term responses of vascular plants and bryophytes in forest patches retained during structural retention harvest. In: Peterson, C. E. and Maguire, D. A., eds. Balancing ecosystem values: innovative experiments for sustainable forestry. PNW-GTR-635. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station.

Schlaepfer, M.A., J.E. Aukema, J. Grant, B. Halpern, J. Hoekstra, P. Kareiva, J. Lawler, J.C. Manolis, C.R. Nelson, J. D. Olden, B. Silliman, S. Stephens, J. Wiens, and P. Zaradic. 2005. Re-wilding:  A bold plan that needs native megafauna. Nature 437: 951.

Nelson, C.R. 2004. Effect of timber harvest and creation of forest edges on abundance, viability, and physiology of understory plants in Douglas-fir forests of the Pacific Northwestern United States. Dissertation. College of Forest Resources, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

McKenzie, D., C.B. Halpern, and C.R. Nelson. 2000. Overstory influences on herb and shrub communities in mature forests of western Washington, U.S.A. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 30: 1655-1666.

Halpern, C.B., S.A. Evans, C.R. Nelson, D. McKenzie, D.E. Hibbs, E.K. Zenner, and M.A. Geyer. 1999. Response of forest plant communities to varying levels and patterns of green-tree retention:  An overview of a long-term experiment. Northwest Science 73: 27-44.