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

  • Forest Disturbances
  • Localized Needs (regional work)
David Peter

David H. Peter

3625 93rd Ave. SW
United States

Phone: 360-753-7654
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Current Research

My research spans a number of emphasis areas, including disturbance effects on forest succession; invasive species ecology; subalpine treeline dynamics, especially effects of white pine blister rust, climate change, and fire regime change on whitebark pine ecosystems; succession-related to changes in historical anthropogenic regimes; Oregon white oak ecology and acorn production; and northwest Washington fire history and fire ecology.

Research Interests

  • Plant community ecology
  • Successional relationships stemming from fire, timber, and vegetation management and changes in anthropogenic regimes
  • Introduction of invasive species

Past Research

  • Plant community classification
  • Fire history of northwestern Washington
  • Disturbance effects on forest succession
  • Invasive species ecology

Why This Research is Important

We live a world in which human effects are felt in every ecosystem, and anthropogenic change is the norm, not the exception. Thus, to one degree or another, all ecosystems are now anthropogenic. Other natural processes continue to affect vegetation, but sometimes in modified ways. Understanding how vegetation responds to disturbance, changes in the nature or frequency of disturbance or, even, to protection from disturbance is fundamental to management and decisionmaking.


  • University of Washington, Ph.D. Forest Ecology 2006
  • Washington State University, M.S. Botany 1977
  • The College of Idaho, B.S. Biology 1973

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Citations of non US Forest Service Publications

  • Peter, D., and C. A. Harrington. 2002. Site and tree factors in Oregon white oak acorn production in Western Washington and Oregon. Northwest Science 76:189-201.

  • Peter, D., and D. Shebitz. 2006. Historic anthropogenically maintained beargrass savannas of the southeastern Olympic Peninsula. Restoration Ecology 14:605-616.

  • Peter, D. H., and C. A. Harrington. 2010. Reconstructed Old growth Forest Stand Structure and Composition of Two Stands on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington State. Research Paper PNW-RP-583, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Portland, OR.

  • Peter, D. H., and T. B. Harrington. 2012. Relations of native and exotic species 5 years after clearcutting with and without herbicide and logging debris treatments. Research Paper PNW-RP-589, US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Portland, OR.

  • Peter, D. H., and T. B. Harrington. 2014. Historical colonization of south Puget Sound prairies by Douglas-fir at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Northwest Science 88:186-205.

Last updated on : 06/15/2021