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Jane E. Smith

Jane E. Smith

Emeritus Scientist
3200 SW Jefferson Way
United States

Phone: 541-750-7387
Fax: 541-750-7329
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Current Research

My research explores (1) fire severity and postfire treatment effects on soil microbial communities in ponderosa pine forests, and (2) biological and functional diversity of mycorrhizal communities in mixed conifer forests with impending climate change.

Research Interests

  • Forest fungi and soil microbes
  • Impacts of fire, disturbance, and impending climate change on belowground ecosystems
  • Microbial interactions with native and nonnative plant species

Past Research

Microbial and plant recovery in severely burned soils, response of soil fungi to restoration thinning and prescribed fire in ponderosa pine forests, and diversity of fungi in old-growth and young managed stands of Douglas-fir.

Why This Research is Important

How an ecosystem recovers aboveground after disturbance, like wildfire or management treatments, is directly linked to the survival of mycorrhizal fungi and other microorganisms belowground. Soil microbes are responsible for the complex soil biological and chemical processes that determine aboveground structure, and directly impact tree health and forest recovery. My research aims to further understanding of how forest fungi and soil microbes respond to fire, management disturbances, and impending climate change. My research projects are developed in response to the concerns of forest and resource managers with the intention of using the study results to speed the forest recovery process.


  • Oregon State University, Ph.D. Botany & Plant Pathology 2004
  • Oregon State University, M.S. Forest Ecology 1993
  • Humboldt State University, B.A. Botany 1982

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Citations of non US Forest Service Publications

  • Stowers, M.D.; Smith, J.E. 1985. Inoculation and production of container-growh red alder seedlings. Plant and Soil. 87: 153–160

Research Highlights


Multi-host Fungi May Facilitate Migrations of Pine Species with Climate Change

Mycorrhizal fungi networks provide conduits for nutrient exchange between tree species. In an assisted migration management approach, mycorrhiza ...


Quantifying fire effects on soil

Severe heating alters soil microbial communities and soil chemistry, slowing recovery of vegetation.


Scientists Study the Effects of Harvesting Fire-Killed Trees

Findings help land managers fine tune their post-fire treatments to speed forest recovery process


Soil fungi, key to forest health, are resilient to restoration thinning and prescribed fire

Results from a 15-year study in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregondemonstrate the resiliency of these forests to disturbances associated with ...


Last updated on : 12/04/2020