Jane E. Smith
3200 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Contact Jane E. Smith
My research explores (1) fire severity and postfire treatment effects on soil microbial communities in ponderosa pine forests, and (2) biological and functional diversity of mycorrhizal communities in mixed conifer forests with impending climate change.
Forest fungi and soil microbes; impacts of fire, disturbance, and impending climate change on belowground ecosystems; microbial interactions with native and nonnative plant species
Microbial and plant recovery in severely burned soils, response of soil fungi to restoration thinning and prescribed fire in ponderosa pine forests, and diversity of fungi in old-growth and young managed stands of Douglas-fir.
Why This Research is Important
How an ecosystem recovers aboveground after disturbance, like wildfire or management treatments, is directly linked to the survival of mycorrhizal fungi and other microorganisms belowground. Soil microbes are responsible for the complex soil biological and chemical processes that determine aboveground structure, and directly impact tree health and forest recovery. My research aims to further understanding of how forest fungi and soil microbes respond to fire, management disturbances, and impending climate change. My research projects are developed in response to the concerns of forest and resource managers with the intention of using the study results to speed the forest recovery process.
- Oregon State University, Ph.D. Botany & Plant Pathology, 2004
- Oregon State University, M.S. Forest Ecology, 1993
- Humboldt State University, B.A. Botany, 1982
Featured Publications & Products
- Jennings, Tara N.; Smith, Jane E.; Cromack, Kermit; Sulzman, Elizabeth W.; McKay, Donaraye; Caldwell, Bruce A.; Beldin, Sarah I. 2012. Impact of postfire logging on soil bacterial and fungal communities and soil biogeochemistry in a mixed-conifer forest in central Oregon.
- Hebel, Cassie L.; Smith, Jane E.; Cromack, Kermit. 2009. Invasive plant species and soil microbial response to wildfire burn severity in the Cascade Range of Oregon.
- Smith, Jane E.; McKay, Donaraye; Brenner, Greg; McIver, Jim; Spatafora, Joseph W. 2005. Early impacts of forest restoration treatments on the ectomycorrhizal fungal community and fine root biomass in a mixed conifer forest..
- Kluber, Laurel A.; Smith, Jane E.; Myrold, David D. 2011. Distinctive fungal and bacterial communities are associated with mats formed by ectomycorrhizal fungi.
- Regvar, Marjana; Likar, Matevz; Piltaver, Andrej; Kugonic, Nives; Smith, Jane E. 2010. Fungal community structure under goat willows (Salix caprea L.) growing at metal polluted site: the potential of screening in a model phytostabilisation study.
- Trappe, James M.; Molina, Randy; Luoma, Daniel L.; Cázares, Efren; Pilz, David; Smith, Jane E.; Castellano, Michael A.; Miller, Steven L.; Trappe, Matthew J. 2009. Diversity, ecology, and conservation of truffle fungi in forests of the Pacific Northwest.
Publications & Products
- Smith, Jane; Meznarich, Paul. 2013. The secret life of microbes: soil bacteria and fungi undaunted by the harvesting of fire-killed trees.
- Lilleskov, Erik; Callaham, Jr. Mac A.; Pouyat, Richard; Smith, Jane E.; Castellano, Michael; Gonzalez, Grizelle; Lodge, D. Jean; Arango, Rachel; Green, Frederick. 2010. Invasive soil organisms and their effects on belowground processes.
- Pilz, David; McLain, Rebecca; Alexander, Susan; Villarreal-Ruiz, Luis; Berch, Shannon; Wurtz, Tricia L.; Parks, Catherine G.; McFarlane, Erika; Baker, Blaze; Molina, Randy; Smith, Jane E. 2007. Ecology and management of morels harvested from the forests of western North America..
- Fujimura, K.E.; Smith, J.E.; Horton, T.R.; Weber, N.S.; Spatafora, J.W. 2005. Pezizalean mycorrhizas and sporocarps in ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) after prescribed fires in eastern Oregon, USA..
- Smith, J.E.; McKay, D.; Niwa, C.G.; Thies, W.G.; Brenner, G.; Spatafora, J.W. 2004. Short-term effects of seasonal prescribed burning on the ectomycorrhizal fungal community and fine root biomass in ponderosa pine stands in the Blue Mountains of Oregon..
- Smith, J.E.; Molina, R.; Huso, M.M.P.; Luoma, D.L.; McKay, D.; Castellano, M.A.; Lebel, T.; Valachovic, Y. 2002. Species richness, abundance, and composition of hypogeous and epigeous ectomycorrhizal fungal sporocarps in young, rotation-age, and old-growth stands of Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) in the Cascade Range of Oregon, U.S.A..
- Molina, R.; Pilz, D.; Smith, J.; Dunham, S.; Dreisbach, T.; O’Dell, T.; Castellano, M. 2001. Conservation and management of forest fungi in the Pacific Northwestern United States: an integrated ecosystem approach..
- Smith, J.E.; Molina, R.; Huso, M.M.P.; Larsen, M.J. 2000. Occurrence of Piloderma fallax in young, rotationage, and old-growth stands of Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) in the Cascade Range of Oregon, U.S.A..
- Castellano, Michael A.; Smith, Jane E.; O'Dell, Thom; Cázares, Efrén; Nugent, Susan. 1999. Handbook to strategy 1 fungal taxa from the Northwest Forest Plan..
|Scientists Study the Effects of Harvesting Fire-Killed Trees|
Findings help land managers fine tune their post-fire treatments to speed forest recovery process