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  • US Forest Service Research & Development
  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Sparkle L. Malone

Sparkle L. Malone

Research Ecologist
240 West Prospect Road
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Phone: 970-498-1226
Fax: 970-498-1212


Current Research

  • Vulnerability to freeze events across Everglades ecosystems

  • Effects of bark beetle outbreaks on C dynamics

  • Wildfire alters patterns in trees and conifer regeneration across the landscape

  • Variation in ecosystem vulnerability to drought

  • C dynamics in Everglades Ecosystems

  • Research Interests

    I use remote sensing, GIS, and simulation models to address ecological questions and to integrate ecosystem processes across time and space. Studying the effects of climate and disturbances on ecosystem structure and function, I utilize different scales (plot, ecosystem, landscape), approaches (static chamber, eddy covariance, simulation modeling), and analysis techniques (linear, non-linear, and time series modeling) to improve our understanding of ecosystem responses to global change processes.

    Past Research

  • Effects of fire history on future fire severity in southeastern pine forests.
  • Why This Research is Important

    Faced with managing complex ecosystems in a changing environment, it is important that we gain a better understanding of how both climate and disturbance drives ecosystem processes on multiple scales and determine how projected climate change and management practices might alter ecosystem structure and function.

    Education

    • University of Alabama, PhD Eocology, 2014
    • University of Florida, M.S. Forest Resources and Conservation, 2010
    • University of Florida, B.S. Forest Resources and Conservation, 2009

    Professional Experience

    • Student Trainee (Ecologist), RMRS
      2011 - 2014
    • Student Intern (SCEP), USFS Region 8
      2006 - 2006

    Last updated on : 12/04/2014