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  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Justin

R. Justin DeRose

Research Ecologist
507 - 25th Street
Ogden
Utah
United States
84401

Phone: 801-625-5795
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Current Research

 

1) Developing the Forest Inventory and Analysis tree-ring data set associated with the Interior West States FIA plots for climatic and ecological research
2) Using FIA data for large-scale analyses of important ecological, disturbance and climate-related processes, and to inform forest management
3) Monitor and analyze forest resources in the Interior West (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming [see Map])
4) Using tree-rings to reconstruct past climates, and inform water management through the interdisciplinary Wasatch Dendroclimatology Research Group

Research Interests

1) Climate change effects on forested systems such as spruce beetle prevalence
2) Disturbance ecology, reconstructions, and interactions
3) Forest regeneration ecology (aspen and spruce-fir)
4) The use of novel speciesapproaches, and techniques in tree-ring science
5) Novel applications for the management of forest resilience in the face of climate change
6) Pairing tree-ring data with archaeological and paleoecological data for disturbance detection
7) Production ecology, stand dynamics, and silviculture

Past Research

1) Production ecology, growth efficiency, and silviculture of spruce-fir ecosystems
2) Growth modeling using the Forest Vegetation Simulator to answer ecological questions, carbon sequestration, and to improve FVS model performance
3) Fire behavior modeling to answer questions about aspen ecology, and bark beetle-wildfire disturbance interactions
4) Disturbance ecology and interactions with a focus on Engelmann spruce forests

Why This Research is Important

Resource management is entering an era of increased uncertainty due to climate change, a focus on larger spatial and temporal scales, and rapidly shifting public perceptions of forest management. My research program provides novel interpretations of pressing management issues, such as:
1) how to build resistance and resilience of forests to climate change;
2) analysis of large inventory data sets like FIA to improve and streamline the forest planning process;
3) develop and interpret pre-instrumental climate data to enhance our understanding of past climate processes, but also to inform water management in the arid west.

Education

  • Utah State University, Ph.D. Ecology 2009
  • University of Maine, M.S. Forestry 2004
  • Utah State University, B.S. Forestry 2002

Professional Experience

  • Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Forest Inventory and Analysis
    2011 - Current
  • Certified Forester, Society of America Foresters
    2007 - Current

Publications

Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


RMRS-2016-215
Building the Forest Inventory and Analysis Tree-ring Dataset

Tree-ring data collected as part of the Forest Inventory and Analysis program in the Interior West is being assembled into a massive dataset wit ...

2016


RMRS-2016-222
Dendrochronology of Utah Juniper

Annual precision of tree-ring data is often sought for detailed analyses. Important, widespread species such as ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir a ...

2016


RMRS-2015-42
Dendroecological Studies in the Interior West States

Scientists produce tree ring data in digital format and make progress on data development for growth studies to analyze regional patterns of cli ...

2015


RMRS-2012-11
Predicting Future Spruce Beetle Infestations

Scientists model the effects of increasing temperatures and forest stand conditions on the likelihood of spruce beetle infestation over time

2012


RMRS-2016-20
Quaking Aspen Response to Management Factors

There is considerable interest in the growth and mortality of quaking aspen in the western United States. Looking at the past 10 years of silvic ...

2016


RMRS-2016-259
Spatial Variability of Tree Growth in the Interior West

A fundamental goal of biogeography is to understand the factors that drive spatial and temporal variability in forest growth across large areas. ...

2016


Last updated on : 03/22/2018