sarah bisbing

Sarah Bisbing

Assistant Professor, Whittell Forest & Wildlife Area Director

Summary

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.

Education

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

Publications

Journals

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

2017

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

2014

Preslia 86: 245 - 277

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

Proceedings

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

2017

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

Brousil, M.* and S. Bisbing