Suzanne M. Owen
Natural Resources Specialist
620 SW Main, Suite 502
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- 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
- Urban forestry
- Plant, soil and soil microbial response to wildfires and fuel treatments
- Disturbance and land management effects on ecosystem processes
- 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
- 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
- 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)
Featured Publications & Products
- Owen, Suzanne M.; Sieg, Carolyn H.; Meador, Andrew J. Sanchez; Fule, Peter Z.; Iniguez, Jose M.; Baggett, L. Scott; Fornwalt, Paula J.; Battaglia, Michael A. 2017. Spatial patterns of ponderosa pine regeneration in high-severity burn patches.
- Overby, Steven T.; Owen, Suzanne M.; Hart, Stephen C.; Neary, Daniel G.; Johnson, Nancy C. 2015. Soil microbial community resilience with tree thinning in a 40-year-old experimental ponderosa pine forest.
- Owen, Suzanne M.; Sieg, Carolyn Hull; Johnson, Nancy Collins; Gehring, Catherine A. 2013. Exotic cheatgrass and loss of soil biota decrease the performance of a native grass.
- Owen, Suzanne; Sieg, Carolyn. 2011. Treating downy brome with herbicide and seeding with native shrubs.
- Owen, Suzanne M.; Sieg, Carolyn Hull; Gehring, Catherine A. 2011. Rehabilitating downy brome (Bromus tectorum)-invaded scrublands using imazapic and seeding with native shrubs.
- Sieg, C. H.; Owen, S. M.; Flather, C. H. 2011. Indicator 1.08. Population levels of selected representative forest-associated species to describe genetic diversity.
- Alvarez-Sanchez, Javier; Johnson, Nancy C.; Antoninka, Anita; Chaudhary, V. Bala; Lau, Matthew K.; Owen, Suzanne M.; Gauadarrama, Patricia; Castillo, Silvia. 2010. Large-scale diversity patterns in spore communities of Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi Chapter 2.
- Owen, Suzanne. 2010. Fuel treatments alter native plant composition and increase non-native plant cover.
- Owen, Suzanne M.; Sieg, Carolyn Hull; Gehring, Catherine A.; Bowker, Matthew A. 2009. Above- and belowground responses to tree thinning depend on the treatment of tree debris.
|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 ...