Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center (FRESC)

Science Teams

FRESC is one of many science centers of the U.S. Geological Survey. Our staff consists of outstanding scientists, energetic support personnel, and experienced managers. Our scientific and technical skills encompass research, protocol and tool development, mapping, remote sensing, geographic information systems, information technology, and outreach.

Lead Scientists

These principal investigators lead projects and supervise teams to support the field, laboratory, analysis, and reporting phases of research. Many lead scientists also serve as courtesy faculty at nearby universities, facilitating strong collaborative research relationships, advising graduate students, co-teaching courses, and participating on graduate committees.

Michael AdamsTodd KatznerEmeritus:
Jason DunhamSteven PerakisR. Bruce Bury
Collin Eagles-SmithDavid PilliodMark Fuller
Matthew GerminoDavid PykeCharles Henny
Joan HagarDouglas Shinneman

Michael Kochert

Susan Haig

Manuela HusoChristian Torgersen 
Kurt JenkinsJ. David Wiens 
 Andrea Woodward 
Filter Total Items: 10
Date published: November 28, 2017
Status: Active

Wind Energy and Wildlife Team (FRESC)

FRESC's Wind Energy and Wildlife Team is lead by Manuela Huso. She and her team are involved in design and analysis of post-construction fatality monitoring studies as well as deterrent and curtailment studies at several wind-power generation facilities.

Contacts: Manuela M Huso
Date published: November 28, 2017
Status: Active

Terrestrial Ecosystems Laboratory (FRESC)

Research in our laboratory centers on the ecology and biogeochemistry of forest ecosystems, as well as grassland and riparian systems. We examine how factors such as natural and human disturbances, climate and climate change, succession, and soil fertility shape ecosystem biogeochemistry - and the reciprocal effect of biogeochemical cycles on these and other factors.

Date published: November 28, 2017
Status: Active

Restoration and Ecology of Arid Lands Team (FRESC)

The focus of our research is on the restoration and monitoring of the plants and soils of the Intermountain West. Our lab is part of the Snake River Field Station, but is located in Corvallis, Oregon. Research topics include fire rehabilitation effects and effectiveness, indicators of rangeland health, invasive species ecology, and restoration of shrub steppe ecosystems.

Contacts: David A Pyke
Date published: November 27, 2017
Status: Active

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Biology Team (FRESC)

Wildlife respond to changes in their environment, some of which are dramatic and others subtle. To fully understand the factors that drive changes in populations and communities, we need better information on wildlife ecology in natural and human-altered landscapes. We conduct research and provide technical assistance to address applied questions about the ecology and conservation of wildlife...

Contacts: David S Pilliod
Date published: November 27, 2017
Status: Active

Migratory Connectivity Team (FRESC)

Migratory Connectivity is the geographic linking of individuals or populations between stages of an animal's life cycle. Migration is most often associated with birds, and each year upwards of 5 billion birds worldwide migrate to their breeding or wintering grounds, stopping along the way to eat, rest, or find cover.

Contacts: Susan M Haig
Date published: November 20, 2017
Status: Active

Aquatic & Landscape Ecology Team (FRESC)

Fresh waters are one of the most valuable and threatened resources worldwide. They supply critical services to society and harbor many of the world’s most imperiled species. We conduct research and provide technical assistance to address challenges to fresh waters. Our research focuses on ecological processes in freshwater and terrestrial systems and the effects of those processes on landscape...

Date published: November 20, 2017
Status: Active

Fire Ecology in Dynamic Ecosystems Team (FRESC)

Understanding how fire and other disturbances affect ecosystem health and resiliency is critically important for land managers and for society as a whole.

    Date published: November 16, 2017
    Status: Active

    Contaminant Ecology Research Team (FRESC)

    The FRESC Contaminant Ecology research program evaluates the distribution, movement, and ecological effects of environmental contaminants across the landscape and strives to provide relevant science in support of natural resource conservation, management, and decision making.

    Date published: November 16, 2017
    Status: Active

    Plant-Soil-Environment Laboratory (FRESC)

    We produce basic and applied science needed to manage landscapes in ways that make them resistant and resilient to stressors such as wildfire, exotic plant invasions, drought, and temperature extremes. These stressors impact ecosystem productivity and functioning and pose costly risks to human health and safety in the western United States. We team with other state and federal agencies to find...

    Date published: September 20, 2017
    Status: Active

    Herpetological Research Team (FRESC)

    The Herpetological Research Team focuses on amphibian conservation issues. We are currently addressing issues such as invasive species, disease, land use change, and population ecology for herps in the U.S.