Research Assistant Professor
Wildland Resources Department and USU Ecology Center
Utah State University
5230 Old Main Hall, NR 206
Logan, UT 84322-5230
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Curriculum Vitae (74 KB)
Statement of Research:
I am interested in relationships among disturbance and forest stand dynamics, biodiversity and ecosystem processes. Much of my work focuses on linkages between overstory and understory plant communities in forest ecosystems. Currently, I am examining relationships among riparian buffer treatments, climate variability and amphibian habitat in the uppermost reaches of forested headwater streams. This work is part of the collaborative Density Management Study.
Projects & Activities:
Burton, J.I., D.H. Olson, and K.J. Puettmann. 2016. Effects of riparian buffer width on down wood loading in headwater streams after repeated forest thinning. Forest Ecology and Management 372: 247–257.
Burton, J.I., L.M. Ganio, and K.J. Puettmann. 2014. Multi-scale spatial controls of understory vegetation in Douglas-fir - western hemlock forests of western Oregon, USA. Ecosphere 5(12): article 151.
Burton, J.I., A. Ares, D.H. Olson, and K.J. Puettmann. 2013. Management trade-off between aboveground carbon storage and understory plant species richness in temperate forests. Ecological Applications 23(6): 1297-1310.
Burton, J.I., A. Ares, S.E. Mulford, D.H. Olson and K.J. Puettmann. 2013. Above-ground carbon storage, downed wood, and understory plant species richness after thinning in western Oregon. In: Anderson, P.D. and K.L. Ronnenberg, eds. Density management in the 21st century: west side story. General Technical Report PNW-GTR-880. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 91-100. Link to the full GTR at http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_gtr880.pdf
Burton, J.I., D.J. Mladenoff, M.K. Clayton and J.A. Forrester. 2011. The roles of environmental filtering and colonization in the fine-scale spatial patterning of ground-layer plant communities in north temperate deciduous forests. Journal of Ecology. 99(3):764-776.
Dyer, J.H., S.T. Gower, J.A. Forrester, C.G. Lorimer, D.J. Mladenoff and J.I. Burton. 2010. Effects of selective tree harvests on aboveground biomass and productivity of a second-growth northern hardwood forest. 2010. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 40(12):2360-2369.
Foster, J.R., J.I. Burton, J.A. Forrester, F. Liu, J.D. Muss, F.M. Sabatini, R.M. Scheller and D.J. Mladenoff. 2010. Evidence for a recent increase in forest growth is questionable Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107(21): E86-E87. doi:10.1073/pnas.1002725107.
Burton, J.I., E.K. Zenner, L.E. Frelich, and M.W. Cornett. 2009. Patterns of plant community structure within and among primary and second-growth northern hardwood forest stands. Forest Ecology & Management 258:2556 – 2568.
Burton, J.I., E.K. Zenner and L.E. Frelich. 2008. Frost crack incidence in northern hardwood forests of the southern boreal – north temperate transition zone. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry 25: 133-138.
Lain E.J., A. Haney, J.M. Burris and J. Burton. 2008. Response of vegetation and birds to severe wind disturbance and salvage logging in a southern boreal forest. Forest Ecology & Management. 256:863-871.