USDA Forest Service

Pacific Northwest Research Station

Pacific Northwest Research Station
1220 SW 3rd Ave.
Portland, OR 97204

(503) 808-2100

US Forest Service

Disturbance and Restoration Ecology Team (DARE)

About Us

We are an interdisciplinary team of scientists whose research primarily focuses on the ecology and management of interacting disturbances in forests and rangelands of the eastern Cascades of Oregon and Washington, including fire, climate change, and invasive species.

Research Focus Areas

Invasive plants
Arrow.Effects of fire and ungulate herbivory on invasive plants in coniferous forests
Arrow.Fuel reduction, seeding and cheatgrass in juniper woodlands
Arrow.Ecology and management of ventenata (VIFF)


Climate change
Arrow.Ecosystem and species responses to historical and future climate variability and change
Arrow.Decision support systems that consider climate change
Arrow.Recent change in the temperate rainforest ecosystems of Alaska.


Wildlife Responses
Arrow.Effects of forest restoration treatments and wildfire on breeding bird communities and northern goshawks
Arrow.Dry-forest restoration impacts on spotted and barred owl interactions
Arrow.Impacts of dry-forest restoration on small mammals

Arrow.Vegetation and fuel dynamics following wildfire
Arrow.Effectiveness and longevity of fuel reduction treatments
Arrow.Effectiveness and long-term impacts of post-fire management activities
Arrow.Biodiversity and ecological resilience to historical and novel disturbances in fire-prone dry forests


Landscape assessment, modeling, and management

Arrow.Potential climate change interactions with vegetation, disturbance and management, and development of adaptation and mitigation strategies
Arrow.Efficient monitoring and assessment of change in forests at regional scales


Team Members and Research Interests


Tara Barrett, Research Forester / Team Leader
Forest planning and management, inventory and monitoring, landscape and regional assessment (Wenatchee, WA)

Becky Kerns, Research Ecologist
Terrestrial plant and disturbance ecology, invasive species, climate change science (Corvallis, OR)

David W. Peterson, Research Forester
Fire ecology, dry-forest restoration ecology, dendroecology (Wenatchee, WA)

Peter Singleton, Ecologist
Animal-habitat relationships, emphasizing spatial analysis (Wenatchee, WA)

Bridgett Naylor, Geographer
Spatial analysis, vegetation ecology, habitat mapping, GIS (La Grande, OR) (also works with the Starkey Team)



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