A.B. Environmental Studies-Biology, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
Ph.D. Botany, Duke University, Durham, NC
My current research interests include testing the effectiveness of emergency postfire rehabilitation treatments such as grass seeding, aerially-applied mulches, and hillslope erosion barriers; examining the response to fire of rare species and their habitats; and examining the effects of fuel treatments on the spread of invasive nonnative plants. Until mid-2005 I was a member of the southern California Forest Plan revision interdisciplinary team, helping write the Environmental Impact Statement for the revised Forest Plans. Future research will be directed by information gaps identified during that analysis.
Current Emphases, Studies, Projects
- Testing the Effectiveness of Postfire Rehabilitation Treatments in the West (National Fire Plan project) -- in collaboration with Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Rocky Mountain Research Station; for real-time data from research plots, visit this website
- Effects of Fire on Rare Flora and Fauna in Southern California (Joint Fire Science Program project)
- Effects of Fire Severity and Distance from Unburned Edge on Mammalian Community Post-fire Recovery (JFSP project)
- The Effects of Soil Properties, Fuel Characteristics, and Vegetation Recovery on Post-Fire Watershed Hydrology and Sediment Yield in Chaparral Steeplands (JFSP project)
Merriam, K.E., J. E. Keeley, and J.L. Beyers. 2006. Fuel breaks affect nonnative vegetation distribution in Californian plant communities. Ecological Applications 16(2): 515-527.
Additional information on this project can be found at the USGS invasive species
Kus, B. E. and J. L. Beyers, technical coordinators. 2005. Planning for biodiversity: Bringing research and management together. General Technical Report PSW-GTR-195. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Albany, CA; 274 p. In Press.
Beyers, J. L. 2004. Postfire seeding for erosion control: Effectiveness and impacts on native plant communities. Conservation Biology 18: 947-956.
Hubbert, K. R., J. L. Beyers and R. C. Graham. 2001. Roles of weathered bedrock and soil in the seasonal water relations of Pinus jeffreyi and Arctostaphylos patula. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 31: 1947-1957.
Robichaud, P. R., J. L. Beyers and D. G. Neary. 2000. Evaluating the effectiveness of postfire rehabilitation treatments. General Technical Report RMRS-GTR-63. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fort Collins, CO. 85 p.
Beyers, J. L. and C. D. Wakeman. 2000. Season of burn effects in southern California chaparral. Pp. 45-55 in J.E. Keeley, M. Baer-Keeley, and C.J. Fotheringham (eds.), 2nd interface between ecology and land development in California. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 00-62, Sacramento, CA.
Wohlgemuth, P. M., J. L. Beyers and S. G. Conard. 1999. Postfire hillslope erosion in southern California chaparral: a case study of prescribed fire as a sediment management tool. Pp. 269-276 in A. Gonzalez-Caban and P. N. Omi (tech. coords.), Proceedings of the symposium on fire economics, planning, and policy: bottom lines. General Technical Report PSW-GTR-173. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Albany, CA.
Beyers, J. L., P. M. Wohlgemuth, C. D. Wakeman, and S. G. Conard. 1998. Does ryegrass seeding control postfire erosion in chaparral? Fire Management Notes 58(3):30-34.
Beyers, J. L. and W. O. Wirtz, II. 1997. Vegetative characteristics of coastal sage scrub sites used by California gnatcatchers: implications for management in a fire-prone ecosystem. Pp. 81-90 in J. Greenlee (ed.), Proceedings: first conference on fire effects on rare and endangered species and habitats, Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, November 13-16, 1995. International Association of Wildland Fire, Fairfield, WA.