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Melissa Lucash

Research Assistant Professor
Environmental Studies, Geography
Phone: 541-346-4598
Office: 245 Columbia Hall
Office Hours: Mon at 10am, Thur at 9am Columbia 245
Research Interests: forest ecology,climate change, wildfire, spatial modeling,landscape ecology


Ph.D. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY

M.S. Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

B.S. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY


Recent Publications (in the last five years)

Schrum, P, RM Scheller, MJ Duveneck, and MS Lucash. 2020. Base-Hurricane: A new extension for the Landis-II forest landscape model. Environmental Modelling & Software, 104833.

Buma B, SA Weiss, K Hayes and MS Lucash. 2020. Wildland fire reburning trends across the US West suggest only short-term negative feedback and differing climatic effects. Accepted to Environmental Research Letters

Cassell B, RM Scheller MS Lucash, M Hurteau and EL Loudermilk. 2019, Widespread severe wildfires under climate change lead to increased forest homogeneity in dry mixed conifer forests. Ecosphere 10(11): e02934.

Lucash MS, RM Scheller, K Ruckert, R Nicholas and E Smithwick. 2019. Complex interactions among successional trajectories and climate govern spatial resilience after severe windstorms in central Wisconsin, U.S.A Landscape Ecology 34 (12): 2897–2915. doi: 10.1007/s10980-019-00929-1

Lopez Ortiz MJ, T Marcey, MS Lucash, D Hibbs, J PA Shatford and JR Thompson. 2019. Post-fire management affects species composition but not Douglas-fir regeneration in the Klamath Mountains. 432: 1030-1040. doi: S0378112718309095

Lucash MS, RM Scheller, BR Sturtevant, E J Gustafson, AM Kretchun and JR Foster. 2018. More than the sum of its parts: how disturbance interactions shape forest dynamics under climate change. Ecosphere. 9 (6), e02293. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-24642-2

Serra-Diaz JM, C Maxwell, MS Lucash, RM Scheller, DM Laflower, AD Miller, AJ Tepley, HE Epstein, KJ Anderson-Teixeira and JR Thompson. 2018. Disequilibrium of fire-prone forests sets the stage for a rapid decline in conifer dominance during the 21st century. Scientific Reports 8:6749. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-24642-2

Cantarello E, AC Newton, PA Martin, PM Evans, A Gosal and MS Lucash. 2017. Quantifying resilience of multiple ecosystem services and biodiversity in a temperate forest landscape. Ecology and Evolution. 2017; 7: 9661– 9675. doi: 10.1002/ece3.3491/abstract

Lucash MS, RM Scheller, EJ Gustafson and BS Sturtevant. 2017.  Spatial resilience of forested landscapes under climate change and management. Landscape Ecol.5: 953–969. doi: 10.1007/s10980-017-0501-3

Creutzburg MK, RM Scheller, MS Lucash, S.D. LeDuc and M.G. Johnson. 2017. Forest management scenarios in a changing climate: tradeoffs between carbon, timber, and old forest. Ecological Applications 27: 503-518. doi: 10.1002/eap.1460

Creutzburg MK, RM Scheller, MS Lucash, LB Evers, SD LeDuc and MG Johnson. 2015. Bioenergy harvest, climate change, and forest carbon in the Oregon Coast Range. GCB- Bioenergy. doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12255

Smithwick E, MS Lucash, ML McCormack and G Sivandran. 2014. Improving the representation of roots in climate change models. Eco. Model. 291: 193-204. doi: S0304380014003603