B.A. 1985, Biology and Environmental Science,
Ph.D. 1992, Graduate Program in Ecology,
Postdoctoral Researcher. 1992-1994, Department
of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,
Fulbright Fellow, 2004, Dept. of Forest Ecology,
Atlantic Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit Grant, for $73,002, over 24
months. Title “Inventory,
monitoring and management planning in rare biotic communities of
2000 National Science Foundation Grant, for $309,778, over 60 months. Title "LTREB: Annual seedling dynamics surveys in the Forest Dynamics Plot, BCI." Co-PI: Dr. Steve Hubbell.
1998 Andrew Mellon Foundation grant, for $152,000, over 36 months. Title "Linking disturbance and forest characteristics to predict vegetation dynamics."
1997 National Environmental Research Parks grant, for $20,000, over 12 months. Title "Role of fire management in species composition, distribution of soil resources, and plant resource status for fall-line sandhill oak communities." Co-PIs: Dr. Lisa Donovan and Dr. Ken McLeod.
1995 U.S.D.A. Forest Service grant, for $32,550, over 22 months. Title
"Prescribed fire and mechanical treatments to restore presettlement
structure in longleaf pine forest: effects on ground layer restoration."
Co-PI: Dr. Joan Walker,
1995 National Science Foundation Grant, for $ 180,000, over 36 months. Title "Research toward sustainable land use and biodiversity in a mosaic of agriculture and tropical forest." Co-PI: Dr. Bruce Haines.
1995 U.S.D.A. Forest Service grant, for $62,800, over 18 months. Title "A large-scale experimental test of the effect of landscape pattern on Sceloporus undulatus."
1991 National Science Foundation Grant BSR 91-07243, for $ 131,770 over 24 months. Title "Tests of the Equivalence of Competitors and Asymmetry of Competition Hypotheses in Multi-Species Woody Communities." Co-PI: Dr. Steward T. A. Pickett.
Ecological Society of America (1985-present)
Torrey Botanical Club (1986-present)
International Association for Vegetation Science (1990-present)
Professor, Dept. of Plant Biology,
1998-2004: Associate Editor, Journal of Ecology
1996 & 1997: National Science Foundation panel member - Ecological Studies Program, Dissertation Improvement Grants panel.
1997-2005: Graduate Studies
Committee, Dept. of Plant Biology,
1995-Present: Member, Graduate
1994-1997, 2005-present: Executive Committee, Dept. of Plant
1994-Present: Courses taught: Community Ecology (graduate); Vegetation Analysis (under- graduate & graduate); Natural History of Georgia Plants (undergraduate); Introductory Botany of Non-Majors (undergraduate).
1994-present: Grant Proposal reviewer, National Science Foundation, Ecological Studies Program.
1994-2001: Assistant Professor,
Dept. of Botany,
1993: Visiting Instructor, Dept.
of Ecology & Evol. Biology,
1992: Postdoctoral Research
Fellow, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology,
1989-present: Manuscript reviewer, Ecology, American Naturalist, American Journal of Botany, Biotropica, Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club, Journal of Ecology, Canadian Journal of Botany, Canadian Journal of Forest Research, Journal of Vegetation Science, Journal of Applied Ecology.
Peterson, C.J. 2006. Consistent influence of tree diameter
and species on damage in nine eastern
Krueger, L., and C.J. Peterson. 2006. Effects of white-tailed deer on Tsuga canadensis regeneration: evidence of microsites as refugia from browsing. American Midland Naturalist, in press.
Jones, F.A., J.A. Hamrick, C.J. Peterson, and E.R. Squiers. 2006. Inferring colonization history from analyses of spatial genetic structure within populations of Pinus strobus and Quercus rubra. Molecular Ecology, 15: 851-861.
J.J., C.J. Peterson, and B.L. Haines. 2006. Seed rain during initial
colonization of replicate abandoned pastures in the premontane
wet forest zone of southern
Peterson, C.J. and W.P. Carson. 2006. Constraints on forest regeneration in abandoned tropical pastures: do temperate paradigms of succession apply to the tropics? in review, for forthcoming edited volume, Tropical Forest Ecology, edited by W.P. Carson & S. Schnitzer.
Peterson, C. J. 2004.
Within-stand variation in windthrow in
southern-boreal forests of
Jones, F. A., C. J. Peterson, and B. L. Haines. 2003. Seed predation in neotropical pre-montane pastures: site, distance, and species effects. Biotropica, 35: 219-225.
Franks, S. J., and C. J. Peterson. 2003. Burial disturbance leads to facilitation among coastal dune plants. Plant Ecology, 168: 13-21.
Jin, V. L., L. T. West, B. L. Haines, and C. J. Peterson. 2001. P retention in tropical pre-montane soils across forest-pasture interfaces. Soil Science , 165: 881-889.
Peterson, C. J., and S. T. A. Pickett. 2000. Experimental patch dynamics: patch type influences on components of regeneration in a catastrophic forest windthrow. Oikos, 90: 489-500.
Peterson, C. J. 2000. Damage and recovery from two different tornadoes in the same old growth forest: a comparison of infrequent events. Forest Ecology & Management, 135: 237-252.
Peterson, C. J. 2000. Catastrophic wind damage to North American forests and the potential impact of climate change. Science of the Total Environment, 262: 287-312.
Dale, V. H., L. A. Joyce, S. McNulty, R. P. Neilson, M. P. Ayres, M. D. Flannigan, P. J. Hanson, L. C. Irland, A. E. Lugo, C. J. Peterson, D. Simberloff, F. J. Swanson, B. J. Stocks, and B. M. Wotton. 2000. Climate change and forest disturbances. BioScience, 723-734.
Peterson, C. J., and B. L. Haines. 2000. Potential facilitation of tree seedling colonization by rotting logs in southern Costa Rican pastures. Restoration Ecology, 8: 361-369.
Turner, M. G., W. L. Baker, C. J. Peterson, and R. K. Peet. 1998. Factors influencing succession: lessons form large, infrequent natural disturbances. Ecosystems, 1: 511-523.
Haines, B., and C. J. Peterson. 1998. El desarrollo sustentable in
Long, Z.A., W.P. Carson, & C.J. Peterson. 1998. Can disturbances create refugia from herbi vores: an example with hemlock regeneration on treefall mounds. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society, 125: 165-168.
Peterson, C.J. & R. H. Jones. 1997. Clonality
in woody plants: a review and comparison with clonal
herbs. pp. 263-290 in H. deKroon & J. van Groenendael, editors, The
ecology and evolution of clonal plants. Backhuys Publishers, Leyden, The
Peterson, C.J. & A.J. Rebertus.
1997. Tornado damage and initial recovery in three adjacent, lowland temperate
Peterson, C.J. & W.P. Carson. 1996.
Generalizing forest regeneration models: The dependence of propagule
availability on disturbance history and stand size. Canadian Journal of
Peterson, C.J. and S.T.A. Pickett. 1995. Forest reorganization: a case study in an old-growth forest catastrophic blowdown. Ecology, 76: 763-774.
Peterson, C.J. and E.R. Squiers. 1995a. Competition and succession in an aspen-white pine forest. Journal of Ecology, 83: 642-650.
Peterson, C.J. and E.R. Squiers. 1995b. An unexpected change in spatial pattern during 10 years of mortality in an aspen-white pine forest. Journal of Ecology, 83: 847-855.
Peterson, C.J. & J.E. Campbell. 1993. Microsite differences and temporal change in plant communities of treefall pits and mounds in an old-growth forest. Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club 120: 451-460.
Peterson, C.J. & J.M. Facelli. 1992. Contrasting germination and seedling growth of Betula alleghaniensis Britton and Rhus typhina L. subjected to various amounts and types of plant litter. American Journal of Botany 79: 1209-1216.
Peterson, C.J. & S.T.A. Pickett. 1991. Stem damage and resprouting following catastrophic windthrow in an old-growth hemlock-hardwoods forest. Forest Ecology & Management 42: 205-217.
Peterson, C.J., W.P. Carson, B.C. McCarthy, & S.T.A. Pickett. 1990. Microsite variation and soil dynamics within newly created treefall pits and mounds. Oikos 58: 39-46.
Peterson, C.J. & S.T.A. Pickett. 1990. Microsite and elevational influences on forest regeneration three years after catastrophic windthrow. Journal of Vegetation Science 1: 657-662.
Peterson, C.J., B.L. Haines, and J.J. Dosch.
No Initial Floristic Composition and limited Nucleation during early secondary
succession in premontane southern
Leach, A.D., and C.J. Peterson. Limited effects of post-windthrow salvaging on recovery in a moderately-disturbed pine-hardwood forest. submitted to Ecological Applications.
Hillstrom, S.S., C.J. Peterson, and B.L. Haines. Rotting log microsites facilitate forest regeneration in abandoned
pastures of southern
Cowden, C., and C.J. Peterson. 2006. EctoComm:
A simulation of ectomycorrhizal community dynamics in
forests. Abstracts of the 91st annual meeting of the
Ecological Society of America,
Peterson, C.J. 2006. Stasis and
invasion in our understanding of clonal woody plant
ecology: the herbs are far ahead. Abstracts of the 91st annual meeting of the Ecological Society of
Haines, B.L., and C.J. Peterson. 2006. The
nucleation model does not apply to early post- agricultural succession in five
Costa Rican premontane pasture sites. Abstracts of the 91st annual meeting of the Ecological Society of
Peterson, C.J., and B.L. Haines. 2005. Woody
colonists in Costa Rican premontane successional pastures are more common on microscale slopes than level ground. Abstracts of the 90th annual meeting of
the Ecological Society of America,
Peterson, C. J. 2004. A new scheme for classifying microhabitats, with
application in five southern-boreal stands, after catastrophic windthrow. Abstracts, 5th International Workshop on Disturbance Dynamics in
Peterson, C.J. 2003. Factors influencing treefall risk in tornadoes in natural forests. Proceedings American Meteorological Society, Symposium on F-scale. pp. 3.1-3.7.
Peterson, C. J., and B. L. Haines. 2002. Change in
community structure and composition across 44 months of early succession in
four premontane abandoned pastures in southern
Leach, A. D., and C. J. Peterson. 2002. Post-windthrow
salvaging does not alter seedling density or richness but does alter species
of the 87th annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America.
Peterson, C. J., and A. D. Leach. 2002. Predicting treefall risk from tree size in a sub-boreal forest
catastrophic windthrow. Abstracts,
4th International Workshop on Disturbance Dynamics in Boreal Forests.
Franks, S. J., and C. J. Peterson. 2001. Competitive and facilitative
interactions among two species of coastal dune perennials. Abstracts of the 86th
annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America.
Leach, A. D., and C. J. Peterson.
2001. Causes and correlates of tree damage in two old-growth sub-boreal
forests subject to catastrophic wind. Abstracts of the 86th
annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America.
Peterson, C. J. 2000. Wind damage and revegetation across 10 years in a hemlock-white pine forest remnant: the importance of severity and pre-disturbance vegetation characteristics. Abstracts of the 85th annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, p. 176. Snowbird, UT.
Franks, S. J., and C. J. Peterson. 2000. Coastal dune perennials facilitate seed accumulation: Results of a seedbank study. Abstracts of the 85th annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, p. 100. Snowbird, UT.
Haines, B. L., and C. J. Peterson. 2000. Research towards sustainable land use
and biodiversity in a mosaic of agriculture and tropical forest in
S. N., T. J. Killeen, and C. J. Peterson. 2000. Modern forest-savanna boundary dynamics at
the southern edge of the Amazon.
Abstracts, 2000 Annual Meeting of Association of Tropical
Ward, G. C., and C. J. Peterson. 1999. Influences
on insect herbivory in Costa Rican Passiflora: shade, ant, and parasitoid effects. Bulletin
of the Ecological Society of
Peterson, C. J., and B. L. Haines. 1999. Potential
facilitation of tree seedling colonization by rotting logs in southern Costa
Rican pastures. USDA Forest Service/Society for Restoration Ecology
international conference, "Tropical Restoration for the New Millenium". May, 1999,
Haines, B. L., and C. J. Peterson. 1999. Research
towards sustainable land use and biodiversity in a mosaic of agriculture and
tropical forest in
Jin, V. L., B. L. Haines, L. T. West, and C. J. Peterson.
1999. Phosphorus adsorption in Costa Rican soils along a forest-pasture
Peterson, C. J., B. L. Haines, A. Kaplan, and R. de Gouvenain. 1998. Seed predation in tropical
abandoned pastures, as influenced by distance, site, and species of seed. Bulletin
of the Ecological Society of
Jin, V.L., B. L. Haines, and C. J. Peterson. 1998.
Phosphorus adsorption in Costa Rican soils along a forest-pasture gradient. Bulletin
of the Ecological Society of
Peterson, C. J. 1998. Repeatability of rare disturbance events: tornado wind
damage and initial recovery in old-growth forests in northwestern
Peterson, C. J. 1996. Experimental tests of equivalence of competitive
effects among Acer pensylvanicum, Betula
allegheniensis, and Fagus grandifolia. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of
Long, Z. A., W. P. Carson, and C. J. Peterson. 1996. The influence of treefall mounds on the regeneration of hemlcok following a catastrophic blowdown in an old-growth hemlock-northern hardwoods forest. Abstracts, 4th Ancient Eastern U.S. Old-Growth Forests conference, pg. 15.
B.S. 1991, The
Randall Mejeur. B.A.
Stephen N. Panfil. B.S.
Gordon C. Ward. B.A. 1985,
Steven Franks. B.A. 1995,
Andrea D. Leach B.A. 1996,
Jodi L. Cohen B.A. 1996,
Lisa Krueger. Fall 2002 - present. Goal: Ph.D. Dissertation title: “Deer herbivory impact on forest regeneration and its interaction with post-windthrow salvage logging.”
Charles Cowden. Fall 2002 - present. Goal: Ph.D. Dissertation title: “Mycorrhizal community dynamics following wind disturbance in three eastern North American forests”.
Leigh Griggs. Summer 2004 - present. Goal: M.S. Thesis title: “Site inventory and
threats to 26 rare communities in
Stephen Hovick. Fall 2005 - present. Goal: Ph.D. Dissertation title: “Testing resource/competition theory with invasive plant mesocosms.”
Luanna Prevost. Fall 2005 - present. Goal: Ph.D. Dissertation title: “Similarity of island biogeography trends in species richness of forest fragments in two Costa Rican landscapes.”
Recent Invited Seminars & Symposia:
2006: Invited speaker in clonal woody plant symposium, 2006 meeting of the
Ecological Society of America,
2005: Nordic Forest Research
workshop, keynote speaker,
2004: Finnish Forest Research
2004: Swedish Agricultural
2004: Swiss Federal Research
Institute, Dept of Forest, Snow, and Landscape Research,
2003: American Meteorological
Society Annual Meeting, symposium on revision of the Fujita scale of tornado
2001: International Society of
Arboriculture invited speaker, Tree Structure and Mechanics Conference,
2000: Forestry & Forest
Products Research Institute,
1999: Fifth Eastern U.S.
1998: IUFRO international
workshop, Wind and other abiotic risks to forests,
1997: Fifth International Clonal Plant Ecology Workshop,
1997: Fourth Eastern U.S. Old-growth Forests conference, Clarion, PA.
1995: Fourth International Workshop on Clonal