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Brice Hanberry

Brice Hanberry

Research Ecologist

Address: 
8221 Mt. Rushmore Rd.
Rapid City, SD 57702
Phone: 
605-716-2205
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Current Research

I am a Research Ecologist with the Grasslands, Shrublands, and Deserts program of the Rocky Mountain Research Station. My interests include understanding ecosystems under different drivers and integrating ecosystem changes with ecosystem and wildlife management at multiple scales across many extents. Current research involves historical ecosystems of open forests maintained by fire, tree biomass simulations under climate change, and juniper tree encroachment in grasslands and shrublands.

Research Interests

Analysis and management of disturbance effects including fire and fire exclusion, climate change, and land use on terrestrial ecosystems, natural resources, and wildlife at multiple scales, with particular focus on open oak and pine ecosystems. Oak and pine savannas and woodlands are part of a continuum between grasslands and closed forests. The unique bipartite characteristics of grasslands with a tree overstory are not recognized and therefore, undervalued for conservation and management.

Past Research

My past research ranges across many topics, including forests, wildlife, fire, and climate during postgraduate work at University of Missouri and graduate work at Mississippi State University.

Why This Research is Important

Open forests and grasslands have decreased by >98% in the eastern US, while in the Great Plains and western US, open forests and grasslands also have decreased. Birds, pollinators, plants, and other associated species have decreased with habitat loss and fragmentation at landscape scales, and degradation within remnants.

Education

  • Mississippi State University, Ph.D., Forest Resources, 2007
  • Southern Illinois University, M.A., Biological Sciences, 2003
  • Professional Experience

    Research Associate, University of Missouri
    2008 to 2016

    Featured Publications

    Publications

    Hanberry, Brice; Thompson, Frank R., 2019. Open forest management for early successional birds
    Hanberry, Brice; Brzuszek, Robert F.; Foster, H. Thomas I; Schauwecker, Timothy J., 2018. Recalling open old growth forests in the Southeastern Mixed Forest province of the United States
    Thompson, Frank R.; Hanberry, Brice; Shifley, Stephen R.; Davidson, Brian K., 2018. Restoration of pine-oak woodlands in Missouri: Using science to inform land management debates and decisions
    Hanberry, Brice; Coursey, Keith; Kush, John S., 2018. Structure and composition of historical longleaf pine ccosystems in Mississippi, USA
    Jin, Wenchi; He, Hong S.; Thompson, Frank R.; Wang, Wen J.; Fraser, Jacob S.; Shifley, Stephen R.; Hanberry, Brice; Dijak, William D., 2017. Future forest aboveground carbon dynamics in the central United States: the importance of forest demographic processes
    Iverson, Louis R.; Thompson, Frank R.; Matthews, Stephen; Peters, Matthew; Prasad, Anantha; Dijak, William D.; Fraser, Jacob; Wang, Wen J.; Hanberry, Brice; He, Hong; Janowiak, Maria; Butler, Patricia; Brandt, Leslie; Swanston, Christopher, 2017. Multi-model comparison on the effects of climate change on tree species in the eastern U.S.: results from an enhanced niche model and process-based ecosystem and landscape models
    Hanberry, Brice; Kabrick, John M.; Dunwiddie, Peter W.; Hartel, Tibor; Jain, Terrie B.; Knapp, Benjamin O., 2017. Restoration of temperate savannas and woodlands [Chapter 11]
    Dijak, William D.; Hanberry, Brice; Fraser, Jacob S.; He, Hong S.; Wang, Wen J.; Thompson, Frank R., 2017. Revision and application of the LINKAGES model to simulate forest growth in central hardwood landscapes in response to climate change
    Hanberry, Brice; He, Hong S.; Shifley, Stephen R., 2016. Loss of aboveground forest biomass and landscape biomass variability in Missouri, US
    Hanberry, Brice; Kabrick, John M.; He, Hong S., 2014. Changing tree composition by life history strategy in a grassland-forest landscape
    A picture of open oak forest with grassland understory treated by fire in Missouri, showing greenery and trees (photo courtesy of C. Kinkead).
    Although not presented in textbooks, open forests were the dominant historical forested ecosystems of the United States. Eastern and western oak forests and southeastern pine forests no longer occur at landscape scales. Management for open oak and pine forests will provide herbaceous habitat, critical to many declining bird and pollinator species.
    Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment in Support of Front Range National Forests and Colorado National Grasslands for Forest Plan Revision, Plan Amendments, and Project-Level Planning.
    RMRS scientists have teamed up with managers and researchers at Bridger-Teton National Forest and Colorado State University to compare herbicide treatments to reduce cheatgrass seedlings, allowing restoration of Native Sagebrush Grassland Plant Communities. ​
    We will deliver a spatially explicit predictive tool depicting resilience to disturbance and resistance to cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) invasion across the Great Basin.
    The Lassen and Modoc National Forests are revising their Forest Plans, guided by the 2012 Planning Rule. This requires public and tribal input throughout the process and embraces the fact that ecological, social, and economic objectives are interrelated. Because ecological, social, and economic conditions have changed since the original forest plans were written and new science is available, preparing a science synthesis, guided by input from the public, tribes, and forest staffs, is the first step in a multi-step process that eventually leads to revised forest plans.

    RMRS Science Program Areas: 
    Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystems