Meg Krawchuk
Assistant Professor
Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2007-2011), University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D. Conservation Biology (2007), University of Alberta, Edmonton




The Lab:

Anna Talucci, PhD candidate
Anna received her bachelors from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Earth System Science and Geography and her master’s degree in Geography from the University of Denver. Her work with students focuses on place-based environmental science. The goal is for them to develop a curiosity and sense of place for the environment they are traveling through in the hope that these connections result in a commitment to environmental stewardship both for backcountry and front country wild and natural places. Currently Anna is interested in the changes occurring to mountain forest landscapes as a result of both human and natural disturbances. She frequently can be found exploring natural ecosystems in the mountains of Wyoming and in the canyons of Utah and Arizona.


Kurt Frei, MSc candidate 
After earning a BSc. in Biology from Northern Michigan University, Kurt spent the next few years exploring much of the American West working various field positions in everything from shorebird nesting success, invasive plants, and ungulate nutrition before ultimately landing in Vancouver and working with salmon. His research interests lie in the connections between wildfires and fish, particularly nutrient cycling post-fire. Kurt is finishing his MSc at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada.


WillWill Downing, MSc candidate
Will earned his bachelors from Pomona College in Latin American Studies. Shortly after graduating he took to the woods as a firefighter with the Forest Service. What was meant to be one season turned into ten. He has fought fire in every western state as a Hotshot, rappeller and smokejumper. Along the way he developed a deep appreciation for public lands and a fascination with the interactions between fire and the landscape. Will is interested in understanding the  management implications of climate-fire interactions and how fire severity is distributed across the landscape at different scales.



Garrett MeigsGarrett Meigs, Postdoc
Garrett is a disturbance ecologist who studies how forests change across multiple scales in space and time. He investigates forest health and landscape dynamics using multiple methods, including field observations, remote sensing, GIS, and ecological modeling. Garrett's prior research at Oregon State quantified the interactions of native insect outbreaks and wildfires across the US Pacific Northwest. His postdoctoral research topics at the University of Vermont included wind disturbance, old-growth forests, ecosystem services, and forest management. Garrett currently focuses on the landscape patterns of fire effects, particularly the composition, structure, and function of fire refugia.


NateNathan Blades, Undergraduate thesis student
Nathan is in the BioResources Research Program and the OSU STEM Leaders Program, starting Fall 2016. He's working on historical on fire~climate relationships in dry conifer forests of the south central Oregon, in the Klamath area, co-supervised by Meg Krawchuk and Andrew Merschel. 



Claire Tortorelli, MSc candidate
Claire, originally from the flatlands of Champaign, Illinois headed west to study at Colorado State University. After graduating with a bachelor’s in forestry, Claire spent the next few years botanizing across the West. She is broadly interested in how plant communities respond to and influence disturbances. She is excited to be joining the Krawchuk lab to research the dynamics of Ventenata dubia in the scablands. She can often be found with hand lens at the ready, because you never know when you might stumble upon something worth a closer look. 


Ana Barros, Postdoc
Ana earned her master’s and doctorate degree in Forest Engineering and Natural Resources at the University of Lisbon Portugal. After graduating, Ana worked in the private industrial forest sector, focusing on wildfire risk assessment and wildfire management of eucalypt plantations in Portugal. Since 2014 Ana has been a postdoctoral scholar researching wildfire and landscape ecology in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. Specifically, she uses landscape spatiotemporal modeling of wildfire, succession and forest management to understand wildfire and forest dynamics in coupled natural-human systems in Central Oregon. Ana’s current research interests include using disturbance ecology of future western US forests and the ecology and sociology of landscape restoration.




Fire refugia in western forest ecosystems of the U.S. and CanadaGeneva Chong/US Geological Survey, Sandra Haire/Haire Laboratory for Landscape Ecology, Carol Miller/Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, Jonathan Coop/Western State Colorado University, Marc-Andre Parisien/CFS - Northern Forestry Centre

Ventenata dubia invasion and wildfire in the Blue Mountains of Oregon. Becky Kerns/USFS, Michelle Day/USFS:OSU, Bridgett Naylor/USFS, John Kim/USFS, Nicole Vaillant/USFS

Canadian BEACONs ProjectFiona Schmiegelow/University of Alberta/Yukon College, Steve Cumming/Universite Laval, Shawn Leroux/Memorial University of Newfoundland, Kim Lisgo, Pierre Vernier, Frederique Saucier, Marc Edwards



Fire and forest composition in dry forest landscapes of central Oregon. Andrew Merschel, Keala Hagmann, Emily Heyerdahl, Matthew Reilly, Don Falk 



Fire in Canada's borealMarc-Andre Parisien/CFS - Northern Forestry Centre

California, and global fireMax Moritz/University of California, Berkeley, Enric Batllori-Presas/University of California, Berkeley, Marc-Andre Parisien/CFS - Northern Forestry Centre, Jennifer Balch/Colorado-Boulder

Fire in Australia, and fire/smoke comparisons with British Columbia: David Bowman/University of Tasmania, Sarah Henderson/BCCDC, Fay Johnston/University of Tasmania

Disturbance landscapes in British Columbia: Dan Perrakis/BC MFLNFRO, Steve Taylor/CFS - Pacific Forestry Centre, Dana Hicks/BC MFLNRO, Phil Burton/UNBC




Graduate students:

Michael Ton, MSc 2015 | The effects of disturbance history on the taxonomic and functional composition of ground-layer plant communities.

Philip Camp, MSc 2015 | Human-fire interactions in British Columbia: varying constraints on human-caused wildfire occurrence and geography of the wildland-development interface.

Kimberly House , MSc 2014 | Bird and beetle assemblages in mountain pine beetle killed forests and those subsequently burned: evidence for an effect of compound natural disturbances in British Columbia.


Undergraduate honours students:

Isabell Eischeid (joint with Wendy Palen, Biological Sciences) Spring 2012 | Damming BC: A spatial assessment of existing and proposed run of river projects in the province of British Columbia


Research assistants:

Marc Edwards, MS University of British Columbia | Marc worked with us on a wide variety of projects in the lab including the Carrott Lake experimental burn project, burn severity work in Entiako Provincial Park, and analytical/conceptual support to the BEACONs project. Marc is now a spatial analyst for the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement and BEACONs. 

Ellen Whitman, MES Dalhousie University| Ellen worked with us as a spatial analyst on the Fire Refugia Project through 2013 and 2014. Ellen is now working with the Canadian Forest Service in Edmonton, Alberta and will be starting her PhD at the University of Alberta in Fall 2015.


Undergraduate research assistants and trainees:

Kirsten Calder-Sutt, NSERC USRA program, Summer 2016 | Field data collection for short-interval disturbance research in Entiako Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada. 

Aaron Walchuk, Field Research volunteer, Summer 2016 | Field data collection for short-interval disturbance research in Entiako Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada. 

Brian Cobb, Lab volunteer, Summer 2016 | Spatial data jockey #1 for History of Harvest project in the Pacific Northwest

Coleen Hill, Lab volunteer, Summer 2016 | Spatial data jockey #2 (!) for History of Harvest project in the Pacific Northwest

Leah Walker, NSERC Engage program, Fall 2015 Working with MSc student Phil Camp on his wildland-development interface mapping project. Data validation and programming in R using leaflet().

Jennifer Avery, USRA summer 2014 Identifying beetles from Kim's summer collecting season and dabbling with burn severity mapping.

Kathy Ma, Spring and Summer 2014 volunteer. Work study focused on dendroclimatology of lodgepole pine in central interior BC, preparing herbarium materials, "communications".

Aaron Tilston-Redican, Work Study Spring 2014. Work study identifying beetles from Kim's summer collecting season.

Amanda Schrack, Jennifer Avery, and George Pietrusinski, Spring 2014 volunteers. Helping to identify beetles from Kim's summer collecting season.

Katie Goodwin, Work Study Fall 2013. Helping Michael with biomass samples from the summer field season. Thanks Katie!

Kathy Ma, Canada Summer Jobs Program 2013 Kathy worked with Michael Ton this summer, exploring the Binta Fire and all it had (or didn't have...) to offer. Particularly impressive was Kathy's ability to bake pies in the camp stove and tell endless entertaining stories. Thanks Kathy.

Stephen Ingraham, NSERC USRA summer 2013 Stephen worked with Kim House during the "long summer of 2013", cooking tastey camp meals and able-y persisting through early birding mornings, and the challenges of an industrial landscape. Thanks Stephen.

Natasha Murphy, NSERC USRA summer 2012 Natasha worked with us up at Carrott Lake. With her funky green tent and anything-goes attitude, Natasha was key in making summer 2012 a successful field season. Thanks Natasha.