Vegetation Monitoring Science and Applications Team (VeMSA)
fires were common in the west (Yosemite NP, CA).
Andrew Gray, Team Leader
Forestry Sciences Laboratory
3200 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: (541) 750-7252
Our mission: The Vegetation Monitoring Science and Assessment
Team (VeMSA) develops and applies comprehensive, regional-scale
resource information to improve the management and understanding
of forests and rangelands. Most of the team's research is focused
on improving monitoring techniques and developing new applications
for the Forest Inventory and Analysis Program (FIA). The team is
based at the Anchorage, Corvallis, and Portland Forestry Sciences
Laboratories, but team scientists and staff conduct research projects
across the range of PNW-FIA states (Alaska, California, Hawaii
and the Pacific Islands, Oregon, and Washington), as well as on
topics that are national and international in scope.
Research Focus Areas
and burning is a common practice in interior forests (Colville
Consequences of alternative management strategies on regional carbon stores and
Long-term changes in carbon stores and causes of flux.
unbiased equations for calculating volume, biomass, and carbon.
Predict tree distribution, growth, and mortality in relation
to regional climatic gradients.
associations of understory plants and lichen communities.
Improving variance estimators with alternative methods of
incorporating remote sensing.
Improving forest health metrics with a national vegetation diversity indicator.
Improving forest health metrics with a national lichen community indicator.
estimates of tree canopy cover from standard inventory measurements.
is reducing forest area on the west coast (outside Sequim, WA).
in land use and housing density: effects of land use policies
and impacts on forest management and ecosystem
forest characteristics and social and ecological values.
Improving predictions of wildfire severity from stand structure
and composition and fire weather conditions.
to reduce fire hazards and potential availability of biomass
for wood products and energy production given management objectives and
Invasive plant distribution and abundance and associations with
forest conditions and history.
Predicting impacts from nitrogen pollution on forests through lichen
Effects of insect outbreaks and diseases on forest characteristics
and species health.
Team Members and Research Interests
affect large areas in the west (Mt. Jefferson Wilderness, OR).
Research Forester: Sampling and inventory statistics, land use
change, fire effects
Jeremy Fried. Research Forester: Forest management effects on carbon
flux and fuels, fire effects
Andrew Gray. Research Ecologist: Disturbance ecology, invasive
plants, carbon flux, land-use change
Sarah Jovan. Research Ecologist: National FIA lichen indicator,
nitrogen pollution, biodiversity
John Mills. Research Forester: Urban forests, forest resource projections
Vicente Monleon. Research Mathematical Statistician: Sampling and
inventory statistics, forest health
Robert Pattison. Research Ecologist: Forest and tundra ecology,
Bethany Schulz. Research Ecologist: National FIA vegetation indicator,
invasive plants, biodiversity
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