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  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
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David H. Peter

Ecologist
Olympia, WA
Phone: 360-753-7654
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Current Research

My research spans a number of emphasis areas´┐ŻDisturbance effects on forest succession; invasive species ecology; subalpine treeline dynamics, especially effects of white pine blister rust, climate change, and fire regime change on whitebark pine ecosystems; succession-related to changes in historical anthropogenic regimes; Oregon white oak ecology and acorn production; and northwest Washington fire history and fire ecology.

Research Interests

Plant community ecology, successional relationships stemming from fire, timber, and vegetation management and changes in anthropogenic regimes; introduction of invasive species.

Past Research

Plant community classification, fire history of northwestern Washington, disturbance effects on forest succession, invasive species ecology.

Why This Research is Important

We live a world in which human effects are felt in every ecosystem, and anthropogenic change is the norm, not the exception. Thus, to one degree or another, all ecosystems are now anthropogenic. Other natural processes continue to affect vegetation, but sometimes in modified ways. Understanding how vegetation responds to disturbance, changes in the nature or frequency of disturbance or, even, to protection from disturbance is fundamental to management and decisionmaking.

Education

  • University of Washington, Ph.D. Forest Ecology, 2006
  • Washington State University, M.S. Botany, 1977
  • The College of Idaho, B.S. Biology, 1973

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Last updated on : 06/29/2012