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Sparkle L. Malone

Sparkle L. Malone

Research Ecologist
240 West Prospect Road
Fort Collins
United States

Phone: 970-498-1226
Fax: 970-498-1212
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Current Research

  • Carbon Dynamics in the Florida Everglades

  • How Will Climate Change Alter the Distribution of Rocky Mountain Bristlecone Pine

  • Post Fire Regeneration in Ponderosa Pine Forest

  • Forest Recovery Following Stand Replacing Fire

  • Drought Resistance Across Californa Ecosystems

  • Monitoring Trends in Ecosystem Productivity:Identifying Drivers and Indices of Change
  • Research Interests

    I use eddy covariance, remote sensing, GIS, and simulation models to address ecological questions and to integrate ecosystem processes across time and space. Studying the effects of climate and disturbances on ecosystem structure and function, I utilize different scales (plot, ecosystem, landscape), approaches (static chamber, eddy covariance, simulation modeling), and analysis techniques (linear, non-linear, and time series modeling) to improve our understanding of ecosystem responses to global change processes.

    Past Research

  • Effects of fire history on future fire severity in southeastern pine forests.
  • Why This Research is Important

    Faced with managing complex ecosystems in a changing environment, it is important that we gain a better understanding of how both climate and disturbance drives ecosystem processes on multiple scales and determine how projected climate change and management practices might alter ecosystem structure and function.


    • University of Alabama, Ph.D. Eocology 2014
    • University of Florida, M.S. Forest Resources and Conservation 2010
    • University of Florida, B.S. Forest Resources and Conservation 2009

    Professional Experience

    • Student Trainee (Ecologist), RMRS
      2011 - 2014
    • Student Intern (SCEP), USFS Region 8
      2006 - 2006


    Last updated on : 01/30/2017