peter weisberg

Peter Weisberg

Professor & Department Chair, Landscape Ecology

Summary

The mission of Weisberg lab is to improve our understanding of landscape dynamics and to apply this understanding in support of sound natural resource management. We are interested in the causes and consequences of landscape change, including climate shifts, natural and anthropogenic disturbance, fire-climate-vegetation interactions, treeline dynamics, forest mortality and ecosystem resilience, response of vegetation to fire and to altered fire regimes, grazing effects, and invasive species. Of particular interest are the controlling influences on the distribution of trees in arid landscapes, in which context we study spatial pattern and causal mechanism underlying recent and historical expansions and contractions of semi-arid woodlands. With our collaborators we explore animal use of heterogeneous landscapes through spatial modeling of habitat quality, habitat change and landscape connectivity. Our research is highly interdisciplinary and employs a broad methodological toolkit, including field studies, dendrochronology, greenhouse experiments, GIS, remote sensing, geospatial analysis and ecological modeling. Although we often work internationally, the special geographical focus of the Lab is on landscapes of the Great Basin and eastern Sierras.

Education

B.S., 1992, SUNY College of Env. Science and Forestry (Forest Biology)
M.S., 1994, University of Wyoming (Biogeography)
PhD, 1998 Oregon State University (Forest Ecology)

Publications

Bulletins

Plant community response to tamarisk invasion and hydrologic regime in the Cataract Canyon, Canyonlands National Park.

2009

Canyonlands National Park.

Mortenson, S. G., Weisberg, P. J.

Monitoring vegetation of desert springs: a literature review

2008

Death Valley National Park, USDI National Park Service.(pp. 36 p.)

Weisberg, P. J., Dilts, T.

Datasets

Journals

Do denser forests have greater risk of tree mortality: A remote sensing analysis of density-dependent forest mortality.

2016

Forest Ecology and Management, 359, 19-32.

Van Gunst, K. J., Weisberg, P. J., Yang, J., Fan, Y.

Impacts of climate change and renewable energy development on habitat of an endemic squirrel Xerospermophilus mohavensis in the Mojave Desert, USA.

2016

Biological Conservation, 200, 112-121

Inman, R., Esque, T., Nussear, K., Matocq, M., Leitner, P., Weisberg, P., Dilts, T.

Multi-scale connectivity and graph theory highlight critical areas for conservation under climate change.

2016

Ecological Applications, 26, 1223-1237

Dilts, T., Weisberg, P., Leitner, P., Matocq, M., Inman, R., Nussear, K., Esque, T.

Fire modulates climate change response of simulated aspen distribution across topoclimatic gradients in a semi-arid montane landscape.

2015

Landscape Ecology, 30(6), 1055 - 1073.

Yang, J., Weisberg, P. J., Shinneman, D. J., Dilts, T., Earnst, S. L., Scheller, R. M. (2015).

Functionally relevant climate variables for arid lands: using climatic water deficit modeling to predict distribution of desert shrub vegetation.

2015

Journal of Biogeography, 42(10), 1986 - 1997.

Dilts, T., Weisberg, P. J., Dencker, C. M., Chambers, J. C.

Geomorphic predictors of riparian vegetation in small mountain watersheds.

2015

Journal of Plant Ecology, 8, 593 - 604.

Engelhardt, B. M., Chambers, J. C., Weisberg, P. J.

Predicting wildfire occurrence distribution with spatial point process models and its uncertainty assessment: a case study in the Lake Tahoe Basin, USA.

2015

International Journal of Wildland Fire, 24, 380 - 390.

Yang, J., Weisberg, P. J., Dilts, T., Loudermilk, L., Scheller, R., Stanton, A., Skinner, C.

Sex-related spatial segregation along environmental gradients in the dioecious conifer, Taxus baccata.

2015

Forest Ecology and Management, 358, 122 - 129.

Garbarino, M., Weisberg, P. J., Bagnara, L., Urbinati, C.

Synergistic effects of spring temperatures and land cover on nest survival of urban birds.

2015

Condor, 117, 18 - 30.

Becker, M. E., Weisberg, P. J.

A 40-year record of tree establishment following chaining and prescribed fire in pinyon-juniper woodlands.

2014

Rangeland Ecology and Management, 67, 389-396.

Bristow, N. A., Weisberg, P. J., Tausch, R. J.

Application of tree rings [dendrochemistry] for detecting historical trends in air Hg concentrations across multiple scales

2014

Biogeochemistry120:149-12

Wright, G., Woodward, C., Peri, L., Weisberg, P., Gustin, M. S.

Influence of climate and environment on post-fire recovery of mountain big sagebrush.

2014

International Journal of Wildland Fire, 23, 131-142.

Nelson, Z. J., Weisberg, P. J., Kitchen, S. G.

Spatial patterns provide support for the stress-gradient hypothesis over a range-wide aridity gradient.

2014

Journal of Arid Environments, 102, 27-33.

Berger, J. Z., Weisberg, P. J., Cablk, M., Osem, Y.

Spatio-temporal analysis of remotely-sensed forest mortality associated with road de-icing salts.

2014

Science of the Total Environment, 472, 929-938.

Fan, Y., Weisberg, P. J., Nowak, R. S.

Land-use legacy of historical tree harvesting for charcoal production in a semi-arid woodland

2011

Forest Ecology and Management, 261(7), 1283-1292

Ko, D. W., Sparrow, A. D., Weisberg, P. J.

Global macroecology of bird assemblages in urbanized and semi-natural ecosystems

2010

Global Ecology and Biogeography, no. doi: 10.1111/j.1466-8238.2010.00616.x

Pautasso, M., Böhning-Gaese, K., Clergeau, P., Cueto, V. R., Dinetti, M., Fernández-Juricic, E., Kaisanlahti-Jokimäki, M.-L., Jokimäki, J., McKinney, M. L., Sodhi, N. S., Storch, D., Tomialojc, L., Weisberg, P. J., Woinarski, J., Fuller, R. A., Cantarello, E.

Application of a rule-based model to estimate mercury exchange for three background biomes in the continental United States.

2009

Environmental Science and Technology, 43, 4989 - 4994.

Hartman, J., Weisberg, P. J., Pillai, R., Ericksen, J., Kuiken, T., Lindberg, S., Zhang, H., Rytuba, J., Gustin, M. S.

Canopy cover estimation in semi-arid woodlands: comparison of field-based and remote sensing methods..

2009

Forest Science, 55, 132 - 141.

Ko, D., Bristow, N., Greenwood, D. L., Weisberg, P. J.

Fire history of a central Nevada pinyon-juniper woodland..

2009

Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 39, 1589 - 1599.

Bauer, J. M., Weisberg, P. J.

GIS-based modeling of pinyon-juniper woodland structure in the Great Basin..

2009

Forest Science, 55, 1 - 12.

Greenwood, D. L., Weisberg, P. J.

Historical fire frequency on contrasting slope facets along the McKenzie River, western Oregon Cascades..

2009

Western North American Naturalist, 69, 206 - 214.

Weisberg, P. J.

Influence of climate, fire, and topography on contemporary age structures of Douglas-fir at 205 old forest sites in Western Oregon: A study in variability.

2009

Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 39, 1518 - 1530.

Poage, N. J., Weisberg, P. J., Tappeiner, J. C., Impara, P. C., Sensenig, T. S.

Natural and anthropogenic disturbances: interactions and effects on the structure of European larch forests..

2009

Forest Ecology and Management, 257, 1794 - 1802.

Garbarino, M., Weisberg, P. J., Motta, R.

Modeling fire and landform influences on the distribution of old-growth pinyon-juniper woodland.

2008

Landscape Ecology, 23, 931-943.

Weisberg, P. J., Ko, D., Py, C., Bauer, J.

Presentations

Professional Papers

Fire Patterns and Fire Effects on the Plant Community, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

2010

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

Weisberg, P. J., Sunderman, S. O., Karam, S. L.

Long-term Vegetation Response to Chaining and Prescribed Fire in Eastern Nevada Pinyon-Juniper Woodlands.

2010

Bureau of Land Management.

Bristow, N., Tausch, R., Weisberg, P. J.

Technical Publication