Susan Stevens Hummel
Portland Forestry Sciences Lab
Portland, OR 97205
Contact Susan Stevens Hummel
My general focus is how landscape and human ecology can expand silviculture at both the general and site-specific levels. Current research is on developing methods that draw from the ecological and social sciences to advance knowledge of forest dynamics.
My research aims to evaluate different methods for collecting data about forested landscapes, specifically on how a combination of traditional, local, and scientific ecological knowledge can inform silvicultural decisions. Because silviculture is the most visible tool used to manage a forest for a desired use, whether for recreation or for sustaining cultural and natural history, I also identify and innovate ways this research can be shared with the public.
Previous research has focused on furthering our understanding about forest structure and composition through traditional field work and through the use of remote sensing technologies, such as LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging). LIDAR promises to be a cost-effective method of collecting forest metrics, such as tree height and stand basal area. Research shows that there are economies of scale yet to be realized by combining field work (fine scale) with remote sensing (broad scale) to inventory, monitor, and manage forest resources. My ability to be in the field was limited in recent years but a service dog is now expanding the range of situations in which I can work.
Why This Research is Important
Land managers rely on general ecological and social science knowledge supplemented by site-specific information to make decisions. By blending a variety of knowledge types with technological innovation my research is identifying new ways such knowledge may be acquired and used.
- Oregon State University, Ph.D. Forest Resources, 1997
- University of Oregon, M.A. International Studies, 1988
- Georgetown University, B.A. Finance, 1984
Featured Publications & Products
- Hummel, Susan; Lake, F.K. 2015. Forest site classification for cultural plant harvest by tribal weavers can inform management.
- Hummel, Susan; Hudak, A. T.; Uebler, E. H.; Falkowski, M. J.; Megown, K. A. 2011. A comparison of accuracy and cost of LiDAR versus stand exam data for landscape management on the Malheur National Forest.
- Hummel, Susan; Kennedy, Maureen; Steel, E. Ashley. 2012. Assessing forest vegetation and fire simulation model performance after the Cold Springs wildfire, Washington USA.
- Fischer, A. Paige; Vance-Borland, Ken; Burnett, Kelly M.; Hummel, Susan; Creighton, Janean H.; Johnson, Sherri L.; Jasny, Lorien. 2014. Does the social capital in networks of “fish and fire” scientists and managers suggest learning?.
- Gärtner, S.; Reynolds, K.M.; Hessburg, P.F.; Hummel, S.S.; Twery, M. 2008. Decision support for evaluating landscape departure and prioritizing forest management activities in a changing environment.
Publications & Products
- Gagliasso, Donald; Hummel, Susan; Temesgen, Hailemariam. 2014. A comparison of selected parametric and non-parametric imputation methods for estimating forest biomass and basal area.
- Hummel, Susan; Meznarich, Paul. 2014. Back to the future: assessing accuracy and sensitivity of a forest growth model.
- Jones, Greg; Loeffler, Dan; Butler, Edward; Hummel, Susan; Chung, Woodam. 2013. The financial feasibility of delivering forest treatment residues to bioenergy facilities over a range of diesel fuel and delivered biomass prices.
- Hummel, Susan; Foltz-Jordan, Sarah; Polasky, Sophia. 2012. Natural and cultural history of beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax).
- Hanewinkel, Marc; Hummel, Susan; Albrecht, Axel. 2011. Assessing natural hazards in forestry for risk management: a review.
- Hanewinkel, Marc; Hummel, Susan; Cullmann, Dominik. 2010. Modelling and economic evaluation of forest biome shifts under climate change in Southwest Germany.
- Linton, J.M.; Barnes, H.M.; Seale, R.D.; Jones, P.D.; Lowell, E.; Hummel, S.S. 2010. Suitability of live and fire-killed small-diameter ponderosa and lodgepole pine trees for manufacturing a new structural wood composite.
- Hummel, Susan S. 2009. Branch and crown dimensions of Douglas-fir trees harvested from old-growth forests in Washington, Oregon, and California during the 1960s.
- Hummel, Susan; Donovan, Geoffrey H.; Spies, Thomas A.; Hemstrom, Miles A. 2008. Conserving biodiversity using risk management: hoax or hope?.
- Calkin, David E.; Hummel, Susan Stevens; Agee, James K. 2005. Modeling trade-offs between fire threat reduction and late-seral forest structure..
- Monserud, Robert A.; Lowell, Eini C.; Becker, Dennis R.; Hummel, Susan Stevens; Donoghue, Ellen M.; Barbour, R. James; Kilborn, Kenneth A.; Nicholls, David L.; Roos, Joe; Cantrell, Randall A. 2004. Contemporary wood utilization research needs in the Western United States..
- Parker, Sharon; Hummel, Susan Stevens. 2002. Beyond 2001: a silvicultural odyssey to sustaining terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems? Proceedings of the 2001 national silviculture workshop, May 6-10, Hood River, Oregon..
- Hummel, Susan Stevens; Barbour, R. James; Hessburg, Paul F.; Lehmkuhl, John F. 2001. Ecological and financial assessment of late-successional reserve management..