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Jason R. Reinhardt

Jason R. Reinhardt
Research Forester
Forest and Woodland Ecosystems
1221 South Main Street
Moscow, ID 83843-4211
United States
Current Research
My current research follows two main thrusts. The first of these is silviculture and applied forest ecology - particularly addressing questions relating to forest management in the context of climate change, disturbances, and their interactions, as well as questions relating to restoration, habitat improvement, and "restoring forward". I am particularly interested in addressing the challenges associated with Western White Pine (Pinus monticola) management, Whitebark Pine (Pinus albicaulis) management and restoration, and managing for the balanced needs of multiple, potentially competing, wildlife species (e.g., managing Pinyon-Juniper woodlands to balance both sage-grouse and pinyon jay habitat).

The second focus of my research is centered around landscapes: landscape ecology and landscape silviculture. I am interested in quantitative and qualitative methods of prioritizing management efforts to meet different objectives, using remote sensing and large datasets (e.g., FIA) to quantify regional ecologically- and management-relevant factors, and in species distribution modeling.
Past Research
My past research includes work similar to my current research, and has examined a variety of different ecosystems at varying scales. I have worked in systems ranging from central hardwoods in Missouri to oak savannas in Michigan, to pinyon-juniper woodlands across the Intermountain West. This research has spanned in scale from the individual plant (Missouri oaks [Quercus spp.]) to the stand, state, and region (e.g., eastern United States).
Research Interest
- Silviculture
- Stand dynamics
- Disturbance ecology
- Invasive species
- Forest management in the context of climate change
- Wildlife habitat restoration

Why This Research Is Important
Contemporary forest management, and silviculture in particular, has broadened to include additional management goals alongside timber production. These goals include forest health, maintaining forest resilience in the face of disturbance and uncertainty, wildlife habitat, and more - there is an abundance of differing management goals, and managers require an effective toolbox to reach these goals. My research seeks to provide science-based improvements to the management toolbox by addressing contemporary challenges in forest management.
Education
  • University of Minnesota, Ph.D., Natural Resources Science and Management (Forestry), 2015
  • University of Missouri - St. Louis, M.S., Biology, 2011
  • University of Missouri - St. Louis, B.S., Biology, 2008
Professional Experience
  • Research Associate,  University of Minnesota,  2017 - 2021
  • Post-doctoral Researcher,  University of Minnesota,  2015 - 2017
Professional Organizations
  • Member,  Society of American Foresters (SAF),  Current
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