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Mapped Atmosphere-Plant-Soil System Study

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Personnel: Ron Neilson Curriculum Vitae


BioClimatologist, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station
Professor (Courtesy), Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
Department of Forest Science, Oregon State University


B.A. 1971 Biology (Pre-Medicine) University of Oregon
M.S. 1975 Biology (Vert. Ecology, Biogeography) Portland State University
Ph.D. 1981 Biology (Plant Ecology, Biogeography) University of Utah

Professional Experience:

BioClimatologist, USDA Forest Service, Pacific NW Research Station 1992 - present.
Professor (Courtesy), Depts. Botany and Plant Pathology, Forest Science, Oregon State University, 1996 - present.
Associate Professor, Dept. Botany and Plant Pathology, Oregon State University, 1989 - 1996.
Assistant Professor, Dept. General Science, Oregon State University, 1987 - 1989.
Senior Scientist (OSU cooperator), U.S. EPA, Corvallis, Oregon. 1987 - 1994.
Senior Research Scientist, Env. Studies Lab., Univ. Utah Res. Inst. 1985 - 1987.
Research Associate, Dept. Ecol. and Evol. Biol., Univ. Arizona. 1984 - 1985.
Research Associate, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. 1984 - 1985.
Research Associate/Assistant Prof., Dept. of Biol., New Mexico St. Univ. 1982 - 1984.


Cooper Award, Ecological Society of America, 1987.
Technical Contribution Awards, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1988, 1990.
Outstanding Performance Award, USDA Forest Service 1998.
Science Findings Award, USDA Forest Service 1998, 2001
Certificate of Merit, USDA Forest Service 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001
Chief's Honor Award for Superior Science, USDA Forest Service 1999.

Selected Relevant Publications:

Aber,J., R.P.Neilson, S.McNulty, J.Lenihan, D.Bachelet, and R.J.Drapek. 2001. Forest processes and global environmental change: predicting the effect of individual and multiple stressors. BioScience 51:735-751.

Bachelet,D., J.M.Lenihan, C.Daly, R.P.Neilson, D.S.Ojima, and W.J.Parton. 2001. MC1: A dynamic vegetation model for estimating the distribution of vegetation and associated ecosystem fluxes of carbon, nutrients and water. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report, PNW-GTR-508 1-95.

Bachelet,D., R.P.Neilson, J.M.Lenihan, and R.J.Drapek. 2001. Climate Change Effects on Vegetation Distribution and Carbon Budget in the U.S. Ecosystems 4:164-185.

Daly, C., D. Bachelet, J.M. Lenihan and R.P. Neilson. 2000. Dynamic simulation of tree-grass interactions for global change studies. Ecological Applications 10:449-469.

Hansen,A.J., R.P.Neilson, V.Dale, C.Flather, L.Iverson, D.J.Currie, S.Shafer, R.Cook, and P.J.Bartlein. 2001. Global change in forests: responses of species, communities, and biomes. BioScience 51:765-779.

Joyce,L., J.Aber, S.McNulty, V.Dale, A.Hansen, L.Irland, R.Neilson, and K.Skog. 2001. Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change for the Forests of the United States. Pages 489-522 in J.Melillo, A.Janetos, T.Karl, E.Barron, V.Burkett, T.Cecich, R.Corell, K.Jacobs, L.Joyce, B.Miller, M.Morgan, E.Parson, R.Richels, and D.Schimel, editors. Climate Change Impacts on the United States: Foundation. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Lenihan J.M., C. Daly, D. Bachelet and R.P. Neilson. 1998. Simulating broad-scale fire severity in a dynamic global vegetation model. Northwest Science 72(2):91-103.

Neilson,R. 2003. The Importance of Precipitation Seasonality in Controlling Vegetation Distribution. J.Weltzin and G.McPherson, editors. Precipitation and Terrestrial Ecosystems. University of Arizona Press, Tucson. Pp. 47-71.

Neilson, R.P. 1995. A model for predicting continental scale vegetation distribution and water balance. Ecological Applications 5:362-385.

Neilson, R.P and R.J. Drapek. 1998. Potentially Complex Biosphere Responses to Transient Global Warming. Global Change Biology 4: 505-521.

Neilson, R.P. and S.W. Running. 1996. Global dynamic vegetation modelling: coupling biogeochemistry and biogeography models. Pages 451-465 in B. Walker and W. Steffen, editors. Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Other Publications:

Daly, C., R.P. Neilson, D.L. Phillips. 1994. A statistical-topographic model for mapping climatological precipitation over mountainous terrain. J. Appl. Met. 33:140-158.

Neilson, R.P. and D. Marks. 1994. A global perspective of regional vegetation and hydrologic sensitivities and risks from climatic change. Journal of Vegetation Science 5:715-730.

Neilson, R.P., I.C. Prentice, B. Smith et. al. 1998. Annex C. Simulated Changes in Vegetation Distribution under Global Warming, Pages 439-456, in: Watson, R.T., M.C. Zinyowera, and R.H. Moss, eds., IPCC, Special Report on Regional Climate Impacts. Contribution of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

VEMAP Members. 1995. Vegetation/Ecosystem Modeling and Analysis Project (VEMAP): Comparing Biogeography and Biogeochemistry Models in a Continental-Scale Study of Terrestrial Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change and CO2 Doubling. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 9(4):407-437.

Synergistic Activities:

Member Forest Sector Writing Team for U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) National Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change, 1999-2000.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), contributions to First, Second and third Assessment Reports (1990, 1995, 2001).

IPCC, Lead Author of Forest Sector of North America and supplier of vegetation scenarios for all global regions for Special Report on The Regional Impacts of Climate Change, 1998.

USGCRP Seminar Series, "Projected Ecosystem Changes for the United States Under a Climate Warming", Capitol Hill, 1999.

Coordinating scientist for EPA's 1987 Report to Congress on the ecological effects of climate change.


D. Bachelet (OSU), C. Daly (OSU), R. Drapek (OSU), S. Ferguson (USFS), T. Kittel (NCAR), J. Lenihan (OSU), R. Leung (Battelle), J. Melillo (MBL), D. Ojima (CSU), W. Parton (CSU), C. Prentice (Jena, Germany), W. Reiners (UWy), S. Running (UMo), D. Schimel (NCAR), S. Sitch (PIK, Germany), M. Sykes (U. Lund, Sweden), M. Wigmosta (Battelle).

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