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  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
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Bethany Schulz

Research Ecologist/National Vegetation Indicator Advisor
161 E 1st Ave. Door #8
Door 8
United States

Phone: 907-743-9424
Fax: 907-743-9482
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Current Research

As the National Vegetation Indicator Advisor for the national Forest Inventory and Analysis program, I am interested in establishing baseline metrics of species richness and species composition, along with individual species distribution. These metrics vary depending on the plant community or forest type, and are likely to change over time.

Research Interests

I am interested in sampling techniques that capture essential elements of plant communities in an efficient, repeatable manner that will help us understand population dynamics of invasion of nonnative species, in factors influencing species diversity, and in shifts in species distribution.

Past Research

My past research has explored a range of topics including management of forest pests in urban settings, pesticide fate in Alaska soils, forest plant community change following distrubance, wildfire fuel characteristics, and changes over time following disturbance.

Why This Research is Important

The ability to quantify the attributes of plant communities allows us to assess change over time and predict how plant communities and ecosystem function may change in response to either discrete or chronic disturbances.


  • University of Alaska, M.S. Natural Resource Management 1993

Professional Experience

  • Ecologist, Forest Health Protection, R-10 State and Private Forestry
    1994 - 2001
    Studied and reported changing forest conditions in respose to biotic and abiotic forces, including the largest out break of spruce beetles in North America in the 1990s.

Awards & Recognition

  • Certificate of Appreciation, 2011
    For excellence in producing novel and policy relevant reserach in plant ecology, and for developing tools and applications that promote the PNW-RMA program and the national FIA Vegtation Indicator
  • Certificate of Appreciation, 2011
    Safety Awareness Award. 4/2011. Support of Station Safety Program, for input to the Stinging and Biting Insect power point presentation.
  • Certificate of Appreciation, 2011
    2/2011.Support of Station Safety Program and organizing Safety Scavenger Hunt at AFSL
  • Certificate of Appreciation, 2009
    For outstanding effort and unswerving determination in leading the publication of a national guide for sampling and estimation of vegetation diversity and structure in the United States.
  • Multicultural Organization Award, 2007
    PNWRS. In recognition of extraordinary efforts moving toward and in support of a multicultural organization.
  • Extra Effort Award, 2006
    Outstanding and professional support and development of the National FIA P3 Vegetation Indicator
  • Director’s Award for FIA Excellence for FY 2005 , 2005
    Outstanding effort in organizing and delivering Phase 3 forest health indicator training
  • Certificate of Merit , 2004
    Continued professional coordination of P3 Vegetation Indicator data collection, editing, and preliminary analysis
  • Director’s Award for FIA Excellence for FY 2003 , 2003
    leadership as National Vegetation Indicator Advisor
  • Certificate of Appreciation 3/01, USDA APHIS, 2001
    role in gypsy moth trapping for many years
  • Service Award, 2000
    facilitation of work chunk planning for Chugach NF Resource Group
  • Certificate of Merit, 1999
    participation on ECOMAP team
  • Service Award, 1993
    completing Forest Health Accomplishment Report, new format
  • Service Award, 1993
    aid in electronic formatting and editing of first S&PF newsletter

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Research Highlights


Introduced Plant Species Found on Two-thirds of Forest Inventory Plots in the Northeast and Midwest United States

Scientists found 305 introduced species recorded, with multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora) being the most common species.


Last updated on : 11/02/2016