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Linda Joyce
Rocky Mountain Research Station
240 West Prospect
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Phone: 970-498-2560
ljoyce@fs.fed.us
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Our mission is to develop and deliver scientific knowledge and technology that will help people sustain our forests. We focus our research and development activities on questions and issues that affect the people and the ecosystems of the Rocky Mountain region.

 
Air Quality Impacts on High-elevation Ecosystems
Issues are ozone and nitrogen.
Develop methods to identify and quantify the effects of atmospheric deposition on high elevation ecosystems.
To help managers improve monitoring systems and air quality standards to protect vegetation.
 
Monitoring Air Quality GLEES      
Atmospheric-Biospheric Interactions
Issues are carbon dioxide and ozone.
Model the interaction between trace gases, vegetation, and soil.
To help managers develop air quality standards for ozone to protect vegetation.
To learn more about tracking carbon storage in forests.
Ameriflux GLEES      
Ecology and Ecophysiology of White Pines
Issues are blister rust, fire, and forest health.
Study the ecology, genetic structure and adaptive variation of five-needle pines.
To help managers develop potential management options to mitigate the impacts of the exotic blister rust on bristlecone, limber and whitebark pine ecosystems.
To help managers develop potential management options for reforestation after fires in the central Rockies.
Anna Schoettle  
Forest Insects
Issues are bark beetles and seed and cone insects.
Models to estimate probabilities of infestation and extent of mortality based on stand conditions.
Models to define the contribution of insects to fuel loads in forests.
To help define the impact of insects on western forest ecosystems for managing vegetation.
Insects and Fire Tree Mortaliy Insect and Fire Dependent Ecosystems
Landscape Pathology, Disease Economics, and Impact Assessment
Issues are diseases and natural disturbances.
Develop methods and metrics to quantify impacts of diseases on commercial and non-commercial forests.
To evaluate natural disturbances as a silvicultural tool.
To help integrate pest assessment and evaluation into forest management decision support systems.
Remote Sensing to Examine Disturbances Effects
Bio-Based Products and Bio-Energy Program
Issues are forests overstocked with large amounts of small-diameter trees that have heightened fire danger, threatened biodiversity, and are more costly in terms of management
Determine the ecological role of small-diameter trees in Rocky Mountain ecosystems
Develop efficient and ecologically sound harvest techniques for small-diameter trees and estimate the impact of vegetation management on the long-term availability of small-diameter trees
Quantify quality of wood from small-diameter trees and management’s influence on that quality
Small Diameter Utilization Program Four Corners Sustainable Forests Partnership
Silviculture and Mensuration in the Central Rocky Mountains
Issues are stand dynamics, regeneration, and sustainability.
Study stand dynamics, including regeneration, of aspen, spruce-fir, and ponderosa pine forests.
Research vegetation manipulation and primarily silviculture.
To help managers balance production of multi-resource production and the sustainability of forested ecosystems.
Manitou Experimental Forest Black Hills Ponderosa Pine
Fire
Issues are fuel reduction, natural disturbances and fire risk, and white pine blister rust.
Develop methods of fuel reduction alternatives, for treating high fuel levels, that would restore a more natural mix of ecological conditions and that would allow reintroduce fire as a management tool.
Incorporate satellite imagery of disturbance into determining fire hazard and spread of wildfire.
Identification and selection of white pine genotypes (limber, bristlecone) that display hardiness and resistance to the white pine blister rust pathogen so that they may be used to restore burned areas and sustain the ecosystems..
RMRS Fire Plan Research National Fire Plan Research
Climate Change
Issues are climate change and ecosystem vulnerability.
Develop models to assess the impact of climate change on ecosystems and forest sector.
So that managers can develop “least regret” management actions to address the potential impact of climate change and its uncertainty.
 
Climate Change on US Forests National Assessment: Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change
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