Energy Research at the University of Washington

Gregory J. Ettl

Energy Research Area: Designing alternative forest harvesting strategies to advance stand development, promote wildlife habitat, restore historic structures, sequester carbon, and understand the impacts of forest certification schemes on forest management.

Associate Professor, Ridgeway Chair and Director, Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest
College of the Environment
School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

My work focuses on forest ecology and the impacts of harvesting on forested ecosystems. In general, I am interested in the effects of climate, topography, aspect, etc. on the biogeography of forests of the Pacific Northwest. My forest ecology research includes: forest demography, dendroecology, plant-herbivore interactions, ecophysiology and the application of this information to forest management through silviculture. I have compared alternative silviculture prescriptions to examine the impacts of harvesting on ecosystem services, including carbon storage and viewsheds, and wildlife habitat. Prescriptions designed to remove excess fuels, restore native forest structure, and advance stand development provide support to bioenergy research.

This large Douglas-fir has branches that indicate it established in an open-grown condition, the younger -fir in the background established following the European settlement of San Juan Island demonstrating a change in forest structure
This large Douglas-fir has branches that indicate it established in an open-grown condition, the younger -fir in the background established following the European settlement of San Juan Island demonstrating a change in forest structure

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Record last updated on November 28th 2011 PST.