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Julia Burton

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Research Assistant Professor
Wildland Resources Department and USU Ecology Center
Utah State University
5230 Old Main Hall, NR 206
Logan, UT 84322-5230

Contact via email
Phone: (435)797–5375
Curriculum Vitae (74 KB)

Statement of Research:


I am interested in relationships among disturbance and forest stand dynamics, biodiversity and ecosystem processes. Much of my work focuses on linkages between overstory and understory plant communities in forest ecosystems. Currently, I am examining relationships among riparian buffer treatments, climate variability and amphibian habitat in the uppermost reaches of forested headwater streams. This work is part of the collaborative Density Management Study.

Projects & Activities:


Small headwater stream in the Oregon Coast Range.

Density Management and Riparian Buffer Study
Investigation of aquatic-dependent vertebrates within
and along headwater streams in managed forests of
western Oregon.
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Selected Publications:


Note: Most PDF files linked in the publications section of this page were not created by the USDA Forest Service, and may not be accessible to screen-reader software. Many publications are open access, and links to the html versions on the journal websites are also provided, where applicable.

Burton, J.I., D.H. Olson, and K.J. Puettmann. 2016. Effects of riparian buffer width on down wood loading in headwater streams after repeated forest thinning. Forest Ecology and Management 372: 247–257.

Burton, J.I., L.M. Ganio, and K.J. Puettmann. 2014. Multi-scale spatial controls of understory vegetation in Douglas-fir - western hemlock forests of western Oregon, USA. Ecosphere 5(12): article 151.

Burton, J.I., A. Ares, D.H. Olson, and K.J. Puettmann. 2013. Management trade-off between aboveground carbon storage and understory plant species richness in temperate forests. Ecological Applications 23(6): 1297-1310.

Burton, J.I., A. Ares, S.E. Mulford, D.H. Olson and K.J. Puettmann. 2013. Above-ground carbon storage, downed wood, and understory plant species richness after thinning in western Oregon. In: Anderson, P.D. and K.L. Ronnenberg, eds. Density management in the 21st century: west side story. General Technical Report PNW-GTR-880. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 91-100. Link to the full GTR at http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_gtr880.pdf

Burton, J.I., D.J. Mladenoff, M.K. Clayton and J.A. Forrester. 2011. The roles of environmental filtering and colonization in the fine-scale spatial patterning of ground-layer plant communities in north temperate deciduous forests. Journal of Ecology. 99(3):764-776.

Dyer, J.H., S.T. Gower, J.A. Forrester, C.G. Lorimer, D.J. Mladenoff and J.I. Burton. 2010. Effects of selective tree harvests on aboveground biomass and productivity of a second-growth northern hardwood forest. 2010. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 40(12):2360-2369.

Foster, J.R., J.I. Burton, J.A. Forrester, F. Liu, J.D. Muss, F.M. Sabatini, R.M. Scheller and D.J. Mladenoff. 2010. Evidence for a recent increase in forest growth is questionable. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107(21): E86-E87. Link to doi:10.1073/pnas.1002725107.

Burton, J.I., E.K. Zenner, L.E. Frelich, and M.W. Cornett. 2009. Patterns of plant community structure within and among primary and second-growth northern hardwood forest stands. Forest Ecology & Management 258:2556 – 2568.

Burton, J.I., E.K. Zenner and L.E. Frelich. 2008. Frost crack incidence in northern hardwood forests of the southern boreal – north temperate transition zone. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry 25: 133-138.

Lain E.J., A. Haney, J.M. Burris and J. Burton. 2008. Response of vegetation and birds to severe wind disturbance and salvage logging in a southern boreal forest. Forest Ecology & Management. 256:863-871.