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Carl Skinner

Carl N. Skinner

3644 Avtech Parkway
United States

Phone: 530-226-2554
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Current Research

  • Blacks Mountain Interdisciplinary Research
  • Goosenest AMA Research Project
  • National Fire & Fire Surrogates Study
  • Sensitivity of Klamath Forests To Long-term Changes in Climate and Disturbance Regime
  • Fire/climate interactions and predicting fire season severity in the Mediterranean climate areas of Calif.,S.Oregon,and W.Nevada
  • Holocene history of the influence of climatic variation on vegetation change and fire activity in northern California

Research Interests

  • Long-term forest dynamics, particularly at stand to landscape scales. Emphasis area is fire history and fire ecology especially the influence of fire on long-term dynamics of forest development.
  • Several landscape-scale fire-history/forest-dynamics studies are currently in various stages of completion for areas in the Klamath Mountains (in cooperation with Alan H. Taylor, Penn. St. Univ.) and at the Blacks Mountain Experimental Forest and the Goosenest Adaptive Management Area (in cooperation with C. Phillip Weatherspoon, PSW Redding) on the eastside of the Southern Cascades.
  • The influences of long-term climate variation and disturbance history on vegetation dynamics in the Klamath Mountains are being investigated in cooperation with Cathy Whitlock (Univ. of Oregon). This study is using data derived from tree-ring and lake-sediment core analysis to interpret fire and climatic influences on vegetation dynamics over 1000s of years in several lake basins. The lake basins were chosen to contrast long-term environmental variation in basins with strong north, south, east, and west orientation.
  • The forests of the Sierra San Pedro Martir (SSPM) of northern Baja California, Mexico are unusual among forests of western North American because they have not been harvested and have not been influenced by systematic fire suppression. The species found there are common in forests of much of California. Some have suggested these forests may serve as reference conditions for forests of the Sierra Nevada. A dendrochonological fire history of the SSPM is ongoing in cooperation with Scott L. Shephens (Univ. of California, Berkeley).
  • The pre fire suppression fire histories of the Transverse Ranges and Peninsular Ranges of southern California are poorly known. A fire history study of these mountains, funded by the Joint Fire Sciences Program, is being undertaken in cooperation with Scott Stephens.
  • better understanding of fire and climate interactions in the Mediterranean Climate area of the Pacific Coast of North America may help to predict problematic fire years up to 1 to 2 years in advance (in cooperation with Alan Taylor and Andrew Carleton of Penn. State Univ. and Scott Stephens of Univ. Calif., Berkeley) -- Funded by Joint Fire Science Program.

In the future, Skinner plans to continue researching the influences of climatic variation on fire regimes and their combined influences on forest vegetation dynamics.

Professional Organizations

  • Association for Fire Ecology, Member
  • International Association for Landscape Ecology, Member
  • Tree-Ring Society, Member


Research Highlights


The responses of ecosystems to climate change is influenced by geology and soils

Land managers should be aware of the potential for very different ecological responses to climate change dependent upon soil nutrient status. Nu ...


Wildfire Can Benefit Landscapes and Reduce Threats to Local Communities

Scientists determine that managing wildfire across large portions of Sierra Nevada forests may alleviate the current hazardous fuels problem tha ...


Last updated on : 11/02/2016