David H. Peter
3625 93rd Ave. SW
Contact David H. Peter
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.
- Plant community ecology
- Successional relationships stemming from fire, timber, and vegetation management and changes in anthropogenic regimes
- Introduction of invasive species
- 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
Featured Publications & Products
- Peter, David H.; Harrington, Timothy B.; Thompson, Mark. 2017. Effects of the light environment and stand history on beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax) morphology and demography.
- Peter, David H.; Harrington, Timothy B. 2018. Effects of forest harvesting, logging debris, and herbicides on the composition, diversity and assembly of a western Washington, USA plant community.
- Peter, David H.; Agee, James K.; Sprugel, Douglas G. 2009. Bud damage from controlled heat treatments in Quercus garryana.
- Peter, David H.; Agee, James K.; Sprugel, Douglas G. 2011. Effects of prescribed burning on leaves and flowering Quercus garryana.
- Peter, David H.; Harrington, Constance A. 2009. Synchronicity and geographic variation in Oregon white oak acorn production in the Pacific Northwest.
- Peter, David H.; Harrington, Constance. 2009. Six years of plant community development after clearcut harvesting in western Washington.
- Harrington, Timothy B.; Minogue, Patrick J.; Sutton, Randall A.; Peter, David H.; Blake, John I. 2021. Initial plant community responses to hardwood control treatments in restoration of remnant longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) woodlands.
- Harrington, Timothy B.; Slesak, Robert A.; Dollins, James P.; Schoenholtz, Stephen H.; Peter, David H. 2020. Logging-debris and vegetation-control treatments influence competitive relationships to limit 15-year productivity of coast Douglas-fir in western Washington and Oregon.
- Watts, Andrea ; Harrington, Tim ; Peter, Dave ; Slesak, Robert . 2019. Managing competing vegetation in Douglas-Fir plantations: The benefits of forest floor complexity.
- Carter, David R.; Slesak, Robert A.; Harrington, Timothy B.; Peter, David H.; D’Amato, Anthony W. 2019. Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) modifies microenvironment to promote nonnative plant communities.
- Harrington, Timothy B.; Peter, David H.; Slesak, Robert A. 2018. Logging debris and herbicide treatments improve growing conditions for planted Douglas-fir on a droughty forest site invaded by Scotch broom.
- Slesak, Robert A.; Harrington, Timothy B.; Peter, Dave; DeBruler, Daniel G.; Schoenholtz, Stephen H.; Strahm, Brian D. 2016. Effects of intensive management practices on 10-year Douglas-fir growth, soil nutrient pools, and vegetation communities in the Pacific Northwest, USA.
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.