Dr. Julie E. Korb

Associate Professor of Biology

2443Berndt Hall

          korb_j@fortlewis.edu

                     (970) 382-6905

 

Weminuche Wilderness, San Juan Mountains, CO 13,300 ft., June 2012 (note early blooming of alpine tundra due to unseasonable warm, dry summer)

Course Links:

Biology 112--Introduction to Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Biology 496/7--Senior Seminar/Thesis

Biology 250--Ecology of the Southwest

Global Fire EGC 302

Plant Community Ecology


Fall 2012 Schedule: Call to make an appointment if you cannot meet during office hours (6095)

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8:30-9:30

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9:00-10:10

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Course Prep

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Course Prep

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10:10-12:10

Course prep

Biology 112

Research

Biology 112

Research/Course prep 

12:15-12:45

OFFICE HOURS

Department Meeting

  

12:45-2:05

Biology 410

Biology 410

       

2:05-3:00

OFFICE HOURS

OFFICE HOURS

 


 RESEARCH

Warm, dry mixed conifer forest restoration on the San Juan National Forest

Research Interests

plant community ecology - restoration ecology - fire ecology - forest ecology - climate change - exotic species

 Peer-Reviewed Manuscripts (selected)

Lehmer, E.M, Korb, J.E., Bombaci, S.P., McLean, N., Ghachu, J., Hart, L., Kelly, L., Jara-Molinar, E., O’Brien, C., and K. Wright.  The interplay of plant and animal disease in a

changing landscape: the role of Sudden Aspen Decline in moderating Sin Nombre Virus prevalence in natural deer mice populations.  EcoHealth, in press.

 

Bombaci, S.P, and J.E., Korb.  The effects of Sudden Aspen Decline on avian biodiversity in southwest Colorado.  Conference proceedings for the 10th Biennial

 Conference of Research on the Colorado Plateau at Northern Arizona University. University of Arizona Press, in press.

 

Korb, J.E. and R. Wu.  2012.  Invited Book Chapter: Fire, climate, and forest health. In: Eastern San Juan Mountains; their geology, ecology and human history; a

companion volume to Western San Juan Mountains.  University of Colorado Press, Boulder, Colorado.   

 

Korb, J.E., Fulé, P.Z. and R. Wu 2012.  Forest restoration in a surface fire-dependent ecosystem: An example from a mixed conifer forest, southwestern Colorado, USA.  Forest Ecology and Management.  269: 10-18.

Fulé, P.Z., Korb, J.E. and R. Wu 2009.  Changes in forest structure of a dry mixed conifer forest, southwestern Colorado.  Forest Ecology and Management 258: 1200-1210.

Korb, J.E. J. White and M. Japhet 2008.  Wildland fire: an opportunistic event for reintroducing a native salmonid.  Journal of Fire Ecology 4(2): 3-14.

Korb, J.E. and R. Wu.  Invited book chapter: Fire, Climate, and Forest Health.  In: The Eastern San Juan Mountains.  University of Colorado Press, Boulder, Colorado in press.

Korb, J.E. and P.Z. Fulé 2008.  Intra and inter-annual vegetation change: implications for long-term research.  Restoration Ecology, 16(1): 5-11.

Korb, J.E., Daniels, M.L., Laughlin, D.C. and P.Z. Fulé. 2007.  Understory communities of warm-dry, mixed-conifer forests in southwestern Colorado.  Southwestern Naturalist, 52(4): 493-503.

Korb, J.E., P.Z. Fulé, and B. Gideon 2007.  Soil disturbance and herbaceous response associated with different harvest systems and intensities.  Ecological Restoration, 25(1): 43-49.   

Korb, J.E., J.D. Springer, J.D., S.R., Powers, and M.M. Moore.  Soil seed banks in southwestern US Pinus ponderosa forests: Clues to site history and restoration potential.  Journal of Vegetation Science, 8: 103-112. 

Korb, J.E., N.C. Johnson, and W. W. Covington. 2004. The effects of slash pile burning on soil abiotic and biotic properties and native plant establishment: recommendations for amelioration.  Restoration Ecology 12(1): 52-62. 

Korb, J.E., W.W. Covington, and P.Z. Fulé. 2003.  Choosing the appropriate sampling technique to detect change-- An example from ponderosa pine restoration. Restoration Ecology 11(4): 1-12. 

Korb, J.E., N.C. Johnson and W.W. Covington. 2003. Arbuscular mycorrhizal propagule densities respond rapidly to ponderosa pine restoration treatments.  Journal of Applied Ecology, 40(1): 101-110.  

Korb, J.E. and J.D. Springer. 2003.  Invited book chapter: Herbaceous understory response to ponderosa pine restoration thinning and prescribed burning.  In: Ecological Restoration of Southwestern Ponderosa Pine Forests.  Island Press, Washington, D.C. 

Korb, J.E. and J.D. Springer. 2002. Technique for estimating plant biomass reduces destruction, cost, and sampling time.  Ecological Restoration 19(5): 105-6.   

Korb, J.E. and T. Ranker. 2001.  Changes in stand composition and structure between 1981 and 1996 in four Front Range plant communities in Colorado.  Plant Ecology 147(1): 1-9. 

Korb, J.E., N.C. Johnson, and W. W. Covington. 2001.  Preliminary results-The effects of restoration thinning on mycorrhizal fungal propagules in a northern Arizona ponderosa pine forest.  In: Vance, G.K., W.W. Covington, and C.B. Edminster (compilers), Ponderosa Pine Ecosystems Restoration and Conservation: Steps Toward Stewardship. Proc. RMRS-P-22. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.

Oral Presentations (selected)

Remke, M., J.E. Korb, and H. Steltzer 2012.  The demise of alpine specialists?  Implications of warming temperatures and advanced snowmelt on alpine plant communities, southwestern Colorado.  Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting.  Portland, Oregon. 

 

Korb, J.E. P.Z. Fulé, and R. Wu 2012.  Mixed conifer, dendrochronology and fire history: what does the past predict for the future?  Four Corners Native Plant Society, Annual Lecture Series. Durango, Colorado.

 

Korb, J.E., P.Z. Fulé, and R. Wu 2012.  Warm-dry mixed conifer variability in southwestern, Colorado.  Southwest Fire Ecology Conference.  Society for Fire Ecology, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

Remke, M., J.E. Korb, and H. Steltzer 2011.  Dust, snow and alpine plants.  Four Corners Native Plant Society, Annual Lecture Series.  Durango, Colorado. 

 

Remke, M., J.E. Korb, and H.Steltzer 2011.  Plant community responses to the coupled effects of dust on snow and warming in alpine environments, southwestern Colorado. Southern Colorado Plateau Biennial Conference, Flagstaff, Arizona. 

 

Bombaci, S.P., J.E. Korb, and C.E Dott. 2011.  Dendrochronology analysis of tamarisk along a regulated stretch of the Dolores River, Colorado.  Southern Colorado Plateau Biennial Conference, Flagstaff, Arizona. 

 

Lehmer, E.M., J.E. Korb, and S.P. Bombaci 2011.  The interplay of plant and animal disease in a changing landscape: the role of Sudden Aspen Decline in moderating Sin Nombre Virus prevalence in a natural deer mouse populations.  Society for

            Integrative & Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah. 

 

Dott, C.E., and J.E. Korb 2011. Landscape distribution of canopy-forming vegetation and variability in understory communities along the Dolores River.  Dolores River Dialogue Science Committee.  Dolores, Colorado. 

Korb, J.E. 2010.  Plant community dynamics in response to climate change: Examples from the San Juan Mountains.  Mountain Studies Institute Climate Change Workshop: Creating Resiliency in the San Juan Mountains, Silverton, Colorado.

Korb, J.E., P.Z. Fule, M. Daniels 2009.  Changes in forest structure and the understory vegetation of a dry mixed conifer forest, southwestern Colorado.  San Juan Mixed Conifer Collaborative Learning Workshop, Pagosa Springs, Colorado.

Korb, J.E. 2009.  Protecting our National Resources: Plant Invasions at Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec, New Mexico.  Ecological Society of America Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Bombaci, S. and J.E. Korb 2009.  The effects of Sudden Aspen Decline on avian biodiversity in Southwest Colorado.  Southern Colorado Plateau Biennial Conference, Flagstaff, Arizona. 

Hayes, M. and J.E. Korb 2009.  Sin nombre virus prevalence in different burn severities and vegetation types in the Missionary Ridge Burn Area.  Undergraduate Front Range Symposium, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Korb, J.E. 2008. Preserving an outdoor classroom: Oportunities for engaged citizenship and ecological learning.  Ecological Society of America Conference. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Grund, M. and J.E. Korb. 2007.  The spread of two noxious weeds in San Juan, County, Colorado.  ESRI Annual International Conference.  San Diego, California.

Korb, J.E. and S. Zwisler. 2006.  The effects of pre-fire aspen abundance and burn severity on aspen regeneration in southwest Colorado.  Third International Fire Ecology and Congress.  San Diego, California.

Wu, R., P. Brown, and J.E. Korb. 2006.  Global climate change and fire ecology in Southwest Colorado.  Climate Change and Variability workshop.  Durango, Colorado.

Daniels, M., and J. E. Korb 2004.  Diversity of warm, dry mixed conifer stands, San Juan National Forest, Colorado.  Mountain Studies Institute.  Silverton, Colorado.   

Korb, J. E. 2004.  Historical photographs from southwest Colorado-implications for reference conditions.  Landscape Scale- a fire behavior modeling and fuels treatment workshop.  U.S.D.A. San Juan National Forest, Durango, Colorado.  

Fulé, P., J. Springer, W. Covington and J. E. Korb 2004.  Changes in tree structure, forest floor, and plant communities following restoration treatments in Arizona. Ecological Society of American Annual Meeting.  Portland, Oregon.  

Korb, J. E.  2003.   Forest types and fire in southwestern Colorado—implications for land-use planning.  Firewise Workshop.  Durango, Colorado.  Springer, J., Daniels, M., Laughlin, D., McGlone, C., Korb, J., Gildar, C, Powers, S. and Fisher, M.  2003.  Plant Community: An Overview with an Emphasis on Exotic Species and Soil Seed Banks in Northern Arizona.  Grand Canyon National Park Conference, Flagstaff, Arizona.   

Korb, J.E. 2002.  Organized symposium.  Lessons from the Missionary Ridge Fire: Where do we go from here?  Biology Department Lecture Series, Fort Lewis College.  Durango, Colorado.   

Korb, J.E. 2002.  Invited symposium speaker.  Adaptive management experimentation in ponderosa pine forest restoration.  Ecological Society of America and Society of Ecological Restoration joint annual meeting.  Tuscon, Arizona. 

Korb, J.E., J.D. Springer, W.W. Covington, and P.Z. Fulé. 2001.  Is your vegetation sampling design influencing your results? —An example from ponderosa pine restoration.  6th Biennial Colorado Plateau Conference.  Flagstaff, Arizona.  

Korb, J.E., N.C. Johnson, and W.W. Covington. 2001.  Mycorrhizal fungal responses to ponderosa pine restoration thinning and prescribed burning treatments. Ecological Society of America annual meeting.  Madison, Wisconsin.  

Korb, J.E., N.C. Johnson, and W.W. Covington. 2001.  The effects of slash pile burning on AM propagule densities and seedling emergence.  Society for Ecological Restoration Colorado Rockies Chapter annual  meeting.  Keystone, Colorado.  

Korb, J.E., W.W. Covington, and P.Z. Fulé. 2000.  The role of the soil seed bank in ponderosa pine restoration.  Ecological Society of America annual meeting. Snowbird, Utah. 

Korb, J.E. 1997.  Vegetation dynamics in four ecosystems along an elevational gradient in the Front Range, Colorado.  Walker van Riper Professional Lecture Series. Boulder, Colorado.  es