sarah bisbing

Sarah Bisbing

Associate Professor, Whittell Forest & Wildlife Area Director


Research in the lab utilizes field, lab, and greenhouse studies to understand the primary drivers of tree species’ distributions and evaluate the role of disturbance in altering forest composition, structure, and function. We are particularly interested in identifying the local abiotic and biotic factors determining successful regeneration and establishment. Our research uses this knowledge to examine how altered disturbance regimes and ongoing climate change will influence forest resilience and impact species’ ranges.

Projects are currently underway on a gradient of landscape scales, from a local study of salvage logging impacts on conifer regeneration to a range-wide study of coast redwood resilience to compound disturbances. Many of these projects include a permanent plot network that will facilitate long-term monitoring of forest ecosystem change over time. We work closely with local land managers and researchers to identify the gaps in knowledge necessary for management and conservation of forest ecosystems.


B.S. University of Montana, 2005
M.S. University of Montana, 2008
Ph.D. Colorado State University, 2013


Publications are listed below.


Effect of the Gabcikovo waterworks (Slovakia) on riparian floodplain forest ecosystems the Danube inland delta: vegetation dynamics and trends.


Biologia. 72 (7): 722-734

Matecny, I., J. Medvecka, E. Uhercikova, P. Pisut, S. Kubalova, M. Valachovic, I. Hodalova, P. Mered’a Jr., S.M. Bisbing, and M. Petrasova.

Karyological, morphological, and ecological differentiation of Sesleria caerula and Sesleria tatrae (Poaceae) in the Western Carpathians and adjacent regions


Preslia 86: 245 - 277

Budzakova, M., I. Hodalova, P. Mered’a Jr., L. Somlyay, S.M. Bisbing, and J. Sibik


Influence of fire history on coast redwood regeneration and stand structure.


In Standiford and Valachovic. Proceedings of the Coast Redwood Science Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-258.

Brousil, M.* and S. Bisbing