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

Suzanne M. Owen

Natural Resources Specialist
620 SW Main, Suite 502
United States

Phone: 503-808-2052
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Current Research

  • Understanding resource benefits in urban forests
  • Characterizing patterns of tree regeneration following large wildfires in ponderosa pine forests
  • Quantifying effect of fire severity on post fire pine regeneration niches and seedling growth
  • Measuring effect of fire severity on mycorrhizal and saprotrophic fungal communities

Research Interests

  • Urban forestry
  • Plant, soil and soil microbial response to wildfires and fuel treatments
  • Disturbance and land management effects on ecosystem processes

Past Research

  • Soil,¬†soil microbe¬†and native/exotic plant responses to fuel reduction treatments
  • Soil amendment and plant neighbor effects on a native an exotic grass
  • Rehabilitating post-wildfire, cheatgrass invaded shrublands using Imazapic and seeding with native shrubs
  • Fuel treatments affect understory plant and soil community composition (mycorrhizal and PLFA profiles)

Pre Forest Service

Neal, S.M. (2007) Tree thinning treatments alter soil properties, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and plant communities. M.S. Thesis, Northern Arizona University.

Christie, Kyle; Currie, Michael; Davis, Laura Smith; Hill, Mar-Elise; Neal, Suzanne; Ayers, Tina. 2006. Vascular Plants of Arizona: Rhamnaceae. CANOTIA. 2(1): 23-46.


  • Northern Arizona University, Ph.D. Forest Science 2019
  • Northern Arizona University, M.S. Biology 2007
  • Northern Arizona University, B.S. Botany and Chemistry 2004

Professional Experience

  • Natural Resources Specialist, USDA Pacific Northwest Research Station
    2019 - Current
  • Chemist, USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station
    2010 - Current
  • Research Specialist, Northern Arizona University
    2007 - 2010
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Northern Arizona University
    2004 - 2007
  • Biological Science Technician, USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station
    2002 - 2005

Professional Organizations

  • Association for Fire Ecology, Member (2014 - Current)
  • International Association of Landscape Ecology, Member (2014 - Current)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Member (2015 - 2019)

Awards & Recognition

  • Distinguished Scholar Award, 2019
    Northern Arizona University (2018-2019)
  • Certificate of Merit, 2018
    USDA, Rocky Mountain Research Station (2010,2015,2018)
  • Award for Academic and Research Achievements, 2017
    Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS Foundation, 2015-2017)

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Research Highlights


Spatial patterns of ponderosa pine regeneration in high-severity burn patches

Over the past three decades, wildfires in Southwestern United States ponderosa pine forests have increased in size and severity, leaving large p ...


Last updated on : 10/18/2019