Andrew Larson

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Andrew Larson

Professor of Forest Ecology; Wilderness Institute Director


Personal Summary

My primary research interests include long-term change in forest ecosystems, especially as related to natural disturbance and forest structural development. I am particularly interested in the use of ecological theory to establish forest restoration targets and guide restoration treatment design.


PhD, Forest Ecosystem Analysis, University of Washington, 2009
BS, Forest Management, University of Washington, 2003

Research Interests

Disturbances and structural development of natural forests

Ecological forestry and restoration silviculture

Spatial ecology and methods of spatial pattern detection and analysis


Selected Publications

Please see my Google Scholar profile for my complete publication list. 

Larson, A.J., C.A. Cansler, S.G. Cowdery, S. Hiebert, T.J. Furniss, M.E. Swanson, and J.A. Lutz. 2016. Post-fire morel (Morchella) mushroom abundance, spatial structure, and harvest sustainability. Forest Ecology and Management 377: 16-25.

Larson, A.J. 2016. Introduction to the article by Elers Koch: The Passing of the Lolo Trail. Fire Ecology 12: 1–12.

Larson, A.J., J.A. Lutz, D.C. Donato, J.A. Freund, M.E. Swanson, J. HilleRisLambers, D.G. Sprugel, and J.F. Franklin. 2015. Spatial aspects of tree mortality strongly differ between young and old-growth forests. Ecology 96: 2855-2861.

Larson, A.J. 2013. Greater risk of debris-fall-caused physical damage to understory plants and tree seedlings in old-growth than in young forests. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 43: 1203-1206.

Larson, A.J., R.T. Belote, M. Williamson, and G. Aplet. 2013. Making monitoring count: project design for active adaptive management. Journal of Forestry. 111: 348-356.

Larson, A.J., R.T. Belote, C.A. Cansler, S.A. Parks, and M.S. Dietz. 2013. Latent resilience in ponderosa pine forest: effects of resumed frequent fire.  Ecological Applications 23: 1243-1249. 

Larson, A.J., K. Stover, C.R. Keyes. 2012. Effects of restoration thinning on spatial heterogeneity in mixed conifer forest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 42: 1505-1517.

Larson, A.J. and D. Churchill. 2012. Tree spatial patterns in fire-frequent forests of western North America, including mechanisms of pattern formation and implications for designing fuel reduction and restoration treatments. Forest Ecology and Management 267: 74-92.

Larson, A.J. and J.F. Franklin. 2010. The tree mortality regime in temperate old-growth coniferous forests: the role of physical damage. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 40:2091-2103. 

Larson, A.J. and D. Churchill. 2008. Spatial patterns of overstory trees in late-successional conifer forests. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 38:2814-2825.

Larson, A.J., J.A. Lutz, R.F. Gersonde, J.F. Franklin, and F.F. Hietpas. 2008. Potential site productivity influences the rate of forest structural development. Ecological Applications 18:899-910. 

Larson, A.J. and R.T. Paine. 2007. Ungulate herbivory: Indirect effects cascade into the treetops. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 104:5-6.

Larson, A.J. and J.F. Franklin. 2006. Structural segregation and scales of spatial dependency in Abies amabilis forests. Journal of Vegetation Science 17:489-498. 

Larson, A.J. and J.F. Franklin. 2005. Patterns of conifer tree regeneration following an autumn wildfire event in the western Oregon Cascade Range, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 218:25-36.