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Alex Foster

Alex Foster

Ecologist
Pacific Northwest Research Station
Olympia Forestry Sciences Lab

Contact via email
Phone: (360)753-7680
Fax: (360)753-7737

Statement of Research:


As a forester turned ecologist, I have always been fascinated with the unique biodiversity found at the interface between aquatic and upland areas, and the role that disturbance plays with the interaction of physical and biological processes there.

Projects & Activities:


LWD Falls

Photo by Alex Foster

Small, Forested Wetlands
Starting in 2004, we examined wetland features along
headwater streams as part of a larger study focused on
the effects of forest management in headwater riparian
areas. We were interested in the frequency, surface area
and other attributes associated with the many small cryptic,
wetlands observed along the headwater streams of the
forestry study. Read more

Selected Publications:


Bisson, P.A., S.M. Claeson, S.M. Wondzell, A.D. Foster, A. Steel. 2013. Evaluating headwater stream buffers: lessons learned from watershed-scale experiments in southwest Washington. In Anderson, P. D. and K. L. Ronnenberg (eds). Density management for the 21st Century: west side story. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-880. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 169-188 Link to the full GTR at http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_gtr880.pdf or at http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/44785

Foster, Alex D., and Joan Ziegltrum. 2013. Riparian-associated gastropods in western Washington: community composition and the effects of forest management. Northwest Science 87(3): 243-256.

Foster, Alex D., and Shannon M. Claeson. 2011. Habitats and seasonality of riparian-associated millipedes in southwest Washington, USA. Terrestrial Arthropod Reviews 4: 203-220.

Janisch, J.E., A.D. Foster, W.J. Ehinger. 2011. Characteristics of small headwater wetlands in second-growth forests of Washington, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 261(7) 1265-1274.