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Pacific Northwest Forest Service scientists featured at week-long ecology conference

Charlie Crisafulli discusses volcano ecology at the Ecological Society of America’s annual conference. Forest Service photo.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Scientists with the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station shared their work at the Ecological Society of America’s annual conference last week in Portland, Oregon. Their talks focused on a broad range of topics, from old-growth forests, biodiversity, and carbon flux to tribal resources and volcano ecology. In attendance at the conference were more than 4,000 participants from across the globe.

On August 8, several Pacific Northwest Research Station scientists participated in the lightning-fast “ignite” presentation format. Speakers were given 5 minutes to present a PowerPoint presentation of 20 slides and instructed to speak for only 15 seconds per slide. Pacific Northwest Research Station scientists Susan Charnley, Damon Lesmeister, Jonathan Long, Bruce Marcot, Martin Raphael (retired), Gordon Reeves, and Tom Spies all participated. They presented research on forest management, spotted owl populations, tribal eco-cultural resources, biodiversity, marbled murrelets, aquatic conservation, and forest succession.

On August 10, Pacific Northwest Research Station ecologist Charlie Crisafulli discussed volcano ecology. Volcanism is a powerful agent of environmental change that alters ecosystems around the world, often in profound ways. Disturbance mechanisms of volcanism include heat, burial, abrasion, canopy loading, impact force, and chemical toxicity, and have similarities to other more common natural disturbances. Lessons from volcano ecology have relevance to our understanding of such natural disturbances as wildfires, floods, ice storms, hurricanes, and tornadoes. This session convened ecologists from around the world to present results and key findings from studies in Chile, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, and the United States.

In total, 21 Pacific Northwest Research Station scientists gave presentations at the annual ESA conference. The Pacific Northwest Research Station, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, generates and communicates scientific knowledge that helps people make informed choices about natural resources and the environment. The station has 11 laboratories and centers located in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon. Learn more online.