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  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
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Justin Crotteau

Justin S. Crotteau

Research Forester
800 East Beckwith Avenue
United States

Phone: 406-542-4169
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Current Research

I investigate forest structural and compositional change (i.e., stand dynamics) to inform management. Active forest management plays an integral role in providing society the resources required to function and flourish. Overall, my research elucidates stand responses to natural disturbances or silvicultural practices in multiple benefit forests, and therefore has implications for timber production, biodiversity, restoration, and resilience to future disturbances.

Research Interests

  • Silviculture
  • Stand dynamics
  • Disturbance ecology
  • Emulating natural disturbances
  • Natural regeneration
  • Fire and fuels

Why This Research is Important

Understanding how forests change in response to management decisions and natural disturbances is imperative for delivering sustainable benefits to forest land owners. By evaluating forest structural and compositional change in the past we are able to assess the tradeoffs associated with management activity or inactivity. Ultimately, this leads to enhanced understanding of forest dynamics and improved decision making for the future.


  • University of Montana, Ph.D. Forest and Conservation Sciences 2017
  • Humboldt State University, M.S. Forestry 2011

Professional Experience

  • Research Forester, USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station - Missoula
    2019 - Current
  • Research Forester, USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station - Juneau
    2018 - 2019

Professional Organizations

  • Northwest Scientific Association, Associate Editor (Editorial Board) (2019 - Current)
  • Association for Fire Ecology, Member (2017 - Current)
  • Society of American Foresters (SAF), Member (2010 - Current)
    -Juneau, Alaska chapter. Chair-elect, 2019. -Montana state chapter. Science and Technology Chair, 2021-present.


Last updated on : 09/13/2021