Kristen Manies


My focus at USGS is to look at how disturbance affects the carbon cycle.  For the past ten years I have been working in interior Alaska and Canada examining how fire and melting permafrost changes the carbon balance of the boreal forest.  My background as an ecologist has helped us examine the impacts of factors, such as woody debris, on the biogeochemistry of these ecosystem immediately following these disturbances and through their subsequent recovery.  For more information, see our project web page at You can also see a list of publications on my Google Scholar webpage.




University of Wisconsin-Madison, Forest Ecology, M.S. 1997

University of California-Santa Barbara, Environmental Studies and Sociology, B.S. 1991


Professional Experience

Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey, 1998-present

Consultant, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, 1998

Research Assistant, Stanford University, 1998

Graduate Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1994-1997

Research Technician, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993-1994

Graduate Research Assistant, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1992-1993, 1994 






Manies K.L., Harden, J.W., and Hollingsworth, T.N. 2014. Soils, Vegetation, and Woody Debris Data from the 2001 Survey Line Fire and a Comparable Unburned Site. US Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014-1049. 36 p.

Manies, K.L., Harden, J.W., and Ottmar, R., 2011, Soils data related to the 1999 FROSTFIRE burn. U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 2011-1216, 8 p.

Manies, K.L., and J.W. Harden. 2011. Soil data from different-age Picea mariana stands near Delta Junction. U.S. Geological Survey Open-Fire Report 2011-1061. 10 p. and data files.

Manies, K.L., Harden, J.W., and Veldhuis, H. 2006. Soil data from a moderately well and somewhat poorly drained fire chronosequence near Thompson, Manitoba, Canada. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006-1291. 17 pp.

Manies, K.L., Harden, J.W., Bond-Lamberty, B., and O'Neill, K.P. 2005. Woody debris along an upland chronosequence in boreal Manitoba and its impact on long-term carbon storage. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 35: 472-482.

Manies, K.L., Harden, J.W., Silva, S.R., Briggs, P.H., and Schmid, B.M. 2004. Soil data from Picea mariana stands near Delta Junction, AK of different ages and soil drainage type. U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 2004-1271. 19 pp.

Manies, K.L., Harden, J.W., Yoshikawa, K., and Randerson, J. 2003. The impact of soil drainage on fire and carbon cycling in central Alaska. IN Studies in Alaska by the U.S. Geological Survey. J. Galloway (ed.), U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1678.

Manies, K.L., D.J. Mladenoff, and E. Nordheim. 2001. Assessing large-scale surveyor variability in the historic forest data of the original U.S. Public Land Survey. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 31: 1719-1730.

Manies, K.L., J.W. Harden, L. Kramer, and W. Parton. 2000. Carbon dynamics within agricultural and native sites in the loess region of western Iowa. Global Change Biology 7: 545-555.

Manies, K.L., J.W. Harden, L. Kramer, and W. Parton. 2000. Parameterizing Century to model cultivated and noncultivated sites in the loess region of western Iowa. Open-File Report 00-508. 30 pp.

Manies, K.L. and D.J. Mladenoff. 2000. Testing methods used to produce landscape scale presettlement vegetation maps from the U.S. General Land Office (GLO) survey records. Landscape Ecology 15: 741-754.