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Bethany K. Schulz

Bethany K. Schulz
Emeritus Scientist
Resource Monitoring and Assessment
161 E 1st Ave. Door #8
Door 8
Anchorage, AK 99501-1639
United States
Current Research
As a Research Ecologist with the national Forest Inventory and Analysis program, I am interested in the relationships between vegetation classification and mapping, and how ground-based inventory measurements can inform the development of these products. As forest inventory data are also used by the National Greenhouse Gas Inventiory, I am involved with projects to determine minimal measurements to allow us to estimate biomass of over-looked components of both forest and non-forest vegetation.
Past Research
My past research has explored a range of topics including management of forest pests in urban settings, pesticide fate in Alaska soils, forest plant community change following distrubance, and assessing wildfire fuel characteristics.
Research Interest
  • Sampling techniques capturing essential elements of plant communities in an efficient, repeatable manner
  • Factors influencing species' distribution
  • Carbon accounting for large woody plants, (i.e., tall shrubs)
  • Development of meaningful vegetation classification
  • Shifts in successional trends influenced by a changing climate


Why This Research Is Important
The ability to quantify the attributes of plant communities allows us to assess change over time and predict how plant communities and ecosystem function may change in response to either discrete or chronic disturbances. Predicting how palnt communities may change over time can help land managers and residents anticipate how resource availabliity may shift in the future.
  • University of Alaska, M.S., Natural Resource Management, 1993
Professional Experience
  • Ecologist,  Forest Health Protection, R-10 State and Private Forestry,  1994 - 2001
    Studied and reported changing forest conditions in respose to biotic and abiotic forces, including the largest out break of spruce beetles in North America in the 1990s.
Awards & Recognition
  • Certificate of Appreciation, 2011
    For excellence in producing novel and policy relevant reserach in plant ecology, and for developing tools and applications that promote the PNW-RMA program and the national FIA Vegtation Indicator
  • Certificate of Appreciation, 2011
    Safety Awareness Award. 4/2011. Support of Station Safety Program, for input to the Stinging and Biting Insect power point presentation.
  • Certificate of Appreciation, 2011
    2/2011.Support of Station Safety Program and organizing Safety Scavenger Hunt at AFSL
  • Certificate of Appreciation, 2009
    For outstanding effort and unswerving determination in leading the publication of a national guide for sampling and estimation of vegetation diversity and structure in the United States.
  • Multicultural Organization Award, 2007
    PNWRS. In recognition of extraordinary efforts moving toward and in support of a multicultural organization.
  • Extra Effort Award, 2006
    Outstanding and professional support and development of the National FIA P3 Vegetation Indicator
  • Director’s Award for FIA Excellence for FY 2005 , 2005
    Outstanding effort in organizing and delivering Phase 3 forest health indicator training
  • Certificate of Merit , 2004
    Continued professional coordination of P3 Vegetation Indicator data collection, editing, and preliminary analysis
  • Director’s Award for FIA Excellence for FY 2003 , 2003
    leadership as National Vegetation Indicator Advisor
  • Certificate of Appreciation 3/01, USDA APHIS, 2001
    role in gypsy moth trapping for many years
  • Service Award, 2000
    facilitation of work chunk planning for Chugach NF Resource Group
  • Certificate of Merit, 1999
    participation on ECOMAP team
  • Service Award, 1993
    completing Forest Health Accomplishment Report, new format
  • Service Award, 1993
    aid in electronic formatting and editing of first S&PF newsletter
Featured Publications
Other Publications
Research Highlights

Mapping "Shrubification" in Alaska with High-Resolution Remote Sensing

Year: 2020
Climate change has caused “shrubification,” or increased shrub cover and size, across arctic and boreal ecosystems. Shrubification can have broad impacts on the ecosystem, so consistent information about the spatial variability and structure of shrub vegetation is needed to support managers and deci...

Introduced Plant Species Found on Two-thirds of Forest Inventory Plots in the Northeast and Midwest United States

Year: 2013
Scientists found 305 introduced species recorded, with multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora) being the most common species.