|Research & Teaching My research interests encompass two main areas: 1) forest
wind disturbance and regeneration; 2) tropical post-agricultural succession. Relative to
forest wind disturbance, I study not only the immediate physical and ecological consequences
of wind storms, but the patterns of regeneration after the disturbance. Relative to tropical
succession, I have been documenting both the long-term (10 years and more) pattern of forest
regrowth, and the factors driving that pattern, in five sites in premontane tropical wet forest
in southern Costa Rica. My primary teaching responsibilities are a graduate course in Community
Ecology; half of an undergraduate course called Natural History of Georgia Plants; and half
of an undergraduate introductory botany course for nonmajors.
Personal I recently (March 2006) married the former Sandy van Brocklin; more on that happy event is here. A highlight of recent years was spending Fall semester 2004 on sabbatical at the University of Helsinki, Finland. This semester abroad was made possible by a Fulbright teaching/research grant, for which I am most appreciative! My host there was Dr. Timo Kuuluvainen. More details are here.
Evolution & Intelligent Design I have recently been involved in ongoing discussions with UGA faculty colleagues over evolution and the Intelligent Design movement. I participated in a public debate on these topics in February 2007, and made a pro-evolution presentation at Georgia Tech in March 2005. An expanded version of my 2007 presentation, with additional material is available here.
Bruce Haines, 1941-2007. Sadly, my long-term collaborator on the Costa Rica Charral Project, Dr. Bruce Haines, passed away in February 2007. He was diagnosed with bone cancer in late summer of 2006, and his condition steadily deteriorated. We will miss Bruce greatly, both in the Plant Biology Department, and in our study in Costa Rica. Bruce's endless enthusiasm about tropical ecology was evident throughout his career -- he was never happier than when elbow-deep in tropical field work. I was honored to be among a handful of friends and family that dispersed his ashes; Bruce would like nothing more than to know that he was being returned to the nutrient cycle. Rest in peace, Bruce.
Peterson, C.J., B.L. Haines, and J.J. Dosch. In review. Classical succession models and first-decade forest regeneration in five abandoned pastures of premontane wet forest, Costa Rica. submitted to Journal of Ecology.
Krueger, L.M., C.J. Peterson, A.A. Royo, and W.P. Carson. In review. Herbivory alters shade tolerance rankings of six woody species in northern hardwood forest windthrow gaps. submitted to Canadian Journal of Forest Research.
Cowden, C.C., and C.J. Peterson. In review. Ectomycorrhizal fungal community in forests recovering from catastrophic windthrow in northern Georgia, U. S. A. submitted to Forest Ecology & Management.
Cowden, C.C., and C.J. Peterson. In review. A multi-mutualist simulation: Applying biological market models to diverse mycorrhizal communities. Revised manuscript submitted to Ecological Modeling.
Cowden, C.C., and C.J. Peterson. In review. Soil ectomycorrhizae inoculum potential in forest gaps regenerating following windthrow: a longitudinal study from western Pennsylvania, U. S. A. Submitted to Fungal Ecology.
Peterson, C.J., and A.D. Leach. 2008. Limited salvage logging effects on forest regeneration after moderate-severity windthrow. Ecological Applications 18 (2): 407-420.
Peterson, C.J., and A.D. Leach. 2008. Salvage logging after windthrow alters microsite abundance and environment, but not vegetation. Forestry 81 (3): 361-376.
Peterson, C.J. and W.P. Carson. 2008. Processes constraining woody species succession on abandoned pastures in the tropics: on the relevance of temperate models of succession. pp. 367-383 in Tropical Forest Community Ecology, edited by W.P. Carson & S. Schnitzer. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
de Chantal, M., S. Lilja, C.J. Peterson, T. Kuuluvainen, I. Vanha-Majamaa, and P. Puttonen. 2008. Seedling density and distribution among microsites before and after restorative partial cutting and fire in managed Picea abies stands in southern Finland. Applied Vegetation Science 11 (4): 287-299.
Peterson, C.J. 2007. Consistent influence of tree diameter and species on damage in nine Eastern North America tornado blowdowns. Forest Ecology and Management, 250: 96-108.
Dosch, J.J., C.J. Peterson, and B.L. Haines. 2007. Seed rain during initial colonization of replicate abandoned pastures in the premontane wet forest zone of southern Costa Rica. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 23: 1-9.
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, 156: 353-362.
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.
Peterson, C.J. 2004. Within-stand variation in windthrow in southern-boreal forests of Minnesota: is it predictable? Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 34: 365-375.
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.
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. 2001. Climate change and forest disturbances. BioScience, 51: 723-734.
Peterson, C. J., and S. T. A. Pickett. 2000. Experimental patch dynamics: patch type influences on components of regeneration in a catastrophic windthrow. Oikos, 90: 489-500.
Peterson, C.J. 2000. Damage and recovery of tree species after two different tornadoes in the same old growth forest: a comparison of infrequent wind disturbances. Forest Ecology and 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.
Peterson, C.J., and B.L. Haines. 2000. Early successional patterns and potential facilitation of woody plant colonization by rotting logs in premontane Costa Rican pastures. Restoration Ecology, 8: 361-369.
Jin, V.L., L.T. West, B.L. Haines, and C.J. Peterson. 2001. P retention in tropical premontane soils across forest-pasture interfaces. Soil Science , 165: 881-889.
Turner, M.G., W.L. Baker, C.J. Peterson, and R.K. Peet. 1998. Factors influencing succession: lessons from large, infrequent natural disturbances. Ecosystems1: 511-523.
Long, Z.T., W.P. Carson, and C.J. Peterson. 1998. Can disturbance create refugia from herbivores: an example with hemlock regeneration on treefall mounds. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 125: 165-168.
Peterson, C.J. and A.J. Rebertus. 1997. Tornado damage and initial recovery in three adjacent, lowland temperate forests in Missouri. Journal of Vegetation Science 8: 559-564.
Peterson, C.J. and R.H. Jones. 1997. Clonality in woody plants: a review and comparison with clonal herbs. pp. 263-289 in H. de Kroon & J. van Groenendael, editors, The Ecology and Evolution of Clonal Plants. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands.
Peterson, C.J. and W.P. Carson. 1996. Generalizing forest regeneration models: the dependence of propagule availability on disturbance history and stand size. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 26: 45-52.
Peterson, C.J. and E.R. Squiers. 1995a. Competition and succession in an aspen-white pine forest. Journal of Ecology, 83: 449-457.
Peterson, C.J. and E.R. Squiers. 1995b. An unexpected change in spatial pattern across 10 years in an aspen-white pine forest. Journal of Ecology, 83: 847-855.
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 J.E. Campbell. 1993. Microsite differences and temporal change in plant communities of treefallpits 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. and S.T.A. Pickett. 1991. Stem damage and re-sprouting following catastrophic windthrow in an old-growth hemlock-hardwoods forest. Forest Ecology & Management 42: 205-217.
Carson, W.P. and C. J. Peterson. 1990. The role of litter in an old-field community: Impact of litter quantity in different seasons on plant species richness and abundance. Oecologia 85: 8-13.
Peterson, C. J. and 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., W. P. Carson, B. C. McCarthy, and S. T. A. Pickett. 1990. Microsite variation and soil dynamics within newly created treefall pits and mounds. Oikos 58: 39-46.
Inventory and Monitoring Support of Management for Rare Communities in the
Annual seedling dynamics surveys in the Forest Dynamics Plot, BCI; National Science Foundation co-PI with Dr. Steve Hubbell.
Linking disturbance and forest characteristics to predict vegetation dynamics, Andrew Mellon Foundation.
Tests of the equivalence of competitors and asymmetry of competition hypotheses in multi-species woody communities, National Science Foundation. co-PI with Steward Pickett.
Tree colonization of Cathedral Pines blowdown: sources of colonists and causes of spatial patterns, The Nature Conservancy.
Comparative studies of wind disturbances to forests,
Research towards sustainable land use and biodiversity in a mosaic of agriculture and tropical forest, National Science Foundation. co-PI with Bruce Haines.
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