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Mark Swanson

Associate Professor

 

Courses:

  • NATRS 305-Silviculture
  • NATRS 464/564-Landscape Ecology
  • NATRS 519: Introduction to Statistical Programming in R
  • SOILS 502: Introduction to Statistics in R
  • NATRS 419: Special Topics (Short Internship in Long-Term Forest Research: the Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot)
  • NATRS 419: Special Topics (Practicum in Forest Management and Forestry Consulting)

Research Interests

  • Early successional forest ecosystems and their conservation value
  • Forest carbon at stand and landscape scales
  • Effects of thinning for creation of structural and compositional complexity
  • Landscape-scale change in forested landscapes (especially encroachment processes)
  • Wildlife spatial ecology, including bighorn sheep and cougar habitat selection
  • Affiliate Faculty in Crop and Soil Sciences, with interest in landscape-scale processes and crop genetics

Selected Service Areas

  • Provost's Leadership Academy, 2012-2013
  • WSU Strategic Planning Committee, 2014-2019
  • CAHNRS Task Force on Statistics and Quantitative Science, 2013

Teaching /Professional Interests

Dr. Mark E. Swanson is a forest ecosystem analyst in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University . His research interests include developmental processes of natural forest stands, forest carbon, understory vegetation, and early-successional habitats . Dr. Swanson's current work centers on stand dynamics in maturation-phase Douglas-fir/western hemlock forest, modeling forest carbon in Nothofagus forests, and the ecological value of early-successional habitats.  He teaches NATRS 305 Silviculture, NATRS 464/564 Landscape Ecology, NATRS 519-2 Introduction to Statistical Programming in the R Language, and the occasional special topics practicum in forest management.  In 2012, Dr. Swanson was honored with the R.M. Wade Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.  He is also an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences.  He belongs to the Society of American Foresters, the Ecological Society of America, the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and the Northwest Scientific Association, and is the faculty mentor for the WSU student chapter of the Society of American Foresters. 

Selected Publications

  • Lutz, James A., Andrew J. Larson, Tucker J. Furniss, Daniel C. Donato, James A. Freund, Mark E. Swanson, Kenneth J. Bible, Jiquan Chen, and Jerry F. Franklin. In press (2014). Non-random tree mortality and ingrowth maintain equilibrium spatial patterns in an old-growth Pseudotsuga-Tsuga forest.  Ecology.
  • Maletzke, Benjamin, Robert Wielgus, Gary Koehler, Mark E. Swanson, Hilary Cooley, and Rich Alldredge. In press (2014). Effects of hunting on cougar spatial organization.  Ecology and Evolution.
  • Swanson, Mark E., John Campbell, Dan Donato, and Nichole M. Studevant*.  In press (2014). Biological associates of early-seral pre-forest in the Pacific Northwest.  Forest Ecology and Management. (Special issue: Post-Disturbance Forests) *Undergraduate researcher mentored by M.E. Swanson
  • Kwit, Charles, David King, Beverly Collins, and Mark E. SwansonIn press (2014). Conservation importance of early post-disturbance temperate forests.  Preface article to Special Edition, Forest Ecology and Management.
  • James A. Lutz, Kaitlyn A. Schwindt, Tucker J. Furniss, James A. Freund, Andrew J. Larson, Mark E. Swanson, Katie I. Hogan, and Gillian E. Kenagy.  In press (2014). Community composition and allometry of Leucothoe davisiae, Chrysolepis sempervirens, and Cornus sericeaCanadian Journal of Forest Research.
  • Totman, Michelle E.*, Swanson, Mark E., Toby M. Rodgers, Paul A. McDaniel, Rick A. Rupp,  and David J. Brown.  In press (2014); available online.  Soil organic carbon stocks in the forests of Mount Rainier National Park, Washington USA.  Soil Science Society of America Journal (Special Issue: Papers from the North American Forest Soils Conference: The Role of Forest Soils in Sustaining Ecosystem Services, Whitefish, MT, June 16-20, 2013).  *Graduate student mentored by M.E. Swanson.
  • Skinner, Megan, Barry C. Moore, and Mark E. Swanson. In press (2014). Hypolimnetic oxygenation in Twin Lakes, WA: Part II: Feeding ecology of a mixed cold and warm water fish community.  Lake and Reservoir Management.
  • Lutz, James A., Andrew J. Larson, James A. Freund, and Mark E. Swanson; Kenneth J. Bible.  2013. The importance of large-diameter trees to forest structural heterogeneity. PLoS Onehttp://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0082784.
  • Peebles, Kaylie A., Robert B. Wielgus, Benjamin T. Maletzke, and Mark E. Swanson. 2013.  Effects of remedial sport hunting on cougar complaints and livestock depredations.  PLoS ONE 8(11): e79713. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0079713
  • Peebles, Kaylie A., Robert B. Wielgus, Benjamin T. Maletzke, and Mark E. Swanson. In press.  Effects of remedial sport hunting on cougar complaints and livestock depredations.  PLoS ONE.
  • Moore, Barry C., Benjamin K. Cross, Marc Beutel, Stephen Dent, Ellen Preece & Mark Swanson. 2012. Newman Lake Restoration: A Case Study, Part III. Hypolimnetic oxygenation. Lake and Reservoir Management 28:311–327.
  • Lutz, James A., Andrew J. Larson, Mark E. Swanson, and James A. Freund*. 2012. Ecological importance of large-diameter trees in a temperate mixed-conifer forest. PLoS ONE 7(5): e36131.
  • Kathie L. Nicholson*, Nathan Tarlyn, Tyler Armour, Mark E. Swanson and Amit Dhingra 2012. Effect of phyllotactic position and cultural treatments toward successful direct shoot organogenesis dwarf 'Pixie' grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.)  Plant Cell, Tissue & Organ Culture DOI 10.1007/s11240-012-0173-2
  • Wade T. Tinkham*, Alistair M.S. Smith, Tim E. Link, Chad Hoffman, Andrew T. Hudak, Mark E. Swanson, Paul E. Gessler, and Michael J. Falkowski.  2012.  The utility of LiDAR for forest inventory: Investigating height errors from slope and vegetation in a coniferous forest with complex terrain.  Canadian Journal of Forest Research 42: 413-422. (IF=2.000).  *Graduate student co-author.   
  • Mark E. Swanson, Jerry F. Franklin, Robert L. Beschta, Charles M. Crisafulli, Dominick A. DellaSala, Richard L. Hutto, David B. Lindenmayer, and Frederick J. Swanson.  2011. The Forgotten Stage of Forest Succession: Early Successional Ecosystems on Forest Sites.  Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.  9(2): 117-125.   
  • Biswas, Shampa, Harald M. Vacik, Mark E. Swanson, and Sirajul M.S. Haque.  2011.  Evaluating Integrated Watershed Management using Multiple Criteria Analysis - a case study at Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh.  Ecological Monitoring and Assessment, DOI 10.1007/s10661-011-2148-x
  • Franklin, J.F., and Swanson, Mark E.  2010.  Long-term ecological research in the forests of the United States: key lessons with application in Chile and around the world.  Revista Chilena de Historia Natural (Chilean Journal of Natural History) 83: 185-194.    
  • Kato, Akira, L. Monika Moskal, Peter Schiess, Mark E. Swanson, Donna Calhoun, and Werner Stuetzle.  2009.  Capturing crown formation through implicit surface reconstruction.  Remote Sensing of Environment 113(6): 1148-1162. 
  • Swanson, Mark E.  2009.  Modeling the effects of alternative management strategies on forest carbon in the Nothofagus forests of Tierra del Fuego, Chile.  Forest Ecology and Management 257 (8): 1740-1750.
  • Franklin, Jerry F., and Mark E. Swanson. 2007. Forest landscape structure, degradation, and condition: Some commentary and fundamental principles. Chapter 12 (pp. 123-137) in: Lindenmayer, David and Richard Hobbs. 2007. Managing and designing landscapes for conservation: Moving from perspectives to principles. Malden , MA : Blackwell Publishing.
  • Franklin, Jerry F., and Mark E. Swanson. 2007. Forest landscape structure, degradation, and condition: Some commentary and fundamental principles. Chapter 12 (pp. 123-137) in: Lindenmayer, David and Richard Hobbs. 2007. Managing and designing landscapes for conservation: Moving from perspectives to principles. Malden , MA : Blackwell Publishing.
  • Swanson, Mark E. 2006. El manejo forestal ecológico en noroeste Norteamerica: una respuesta a un mundo en movimiento. Bosque Nativo (Revista de la Agrupación de Ingenieros por el Bosque Nativo).. Valdivia , Chile . (English title: Ecological forest management in northwestern North America : a response to a changing world.) No. 39: 3-9.
  • Swanson, Mark E. 2006. An ecological history of the Charles L. Pack Experimental Forest , Eatonville , Washington: Natural history, landscape ecology, and forest management. Paper contracted for the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Charles L. Pack Experimental Forest . Available online at:http://www.packforest.org/research/Pack_ecolhist.pdf
  • Swanson, Mark E. , David C. Shaw, and Tisha K. Marosi. 2006. Distribution of western hemlock dwarf mistletoe ( Arceuthobium tsugense [Rosendahl] G.N. Jones subsp. tsugense ) in mature and old-growth Douglas-fir ( Pseudotsuga menziesii[Mirb.] Franco) forests. Northwest Science 80(3): 207-217.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Forest Ecosystem Analysis, 2007
          University of Washington - Seattle, WA

  • B.S. Forest Management, 1999
          University of Washington - Seattle, WA


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