Institute for Natural Resources (since 2010). Megan is currently working on two projects:
In the Panther Creek project, we are using the LANDIS-II model to project how growth, disturbance, management (including harvesting for biomass energy) and climate change affect forest condition and carbon sequestration in the Oregon Coast Range. We are starting with a case study in the Panther Creek watershed, east of McMinnville, and then moving up to the whole Coast Range, where we will be incorporating landscape-scale disturbances and exploring a wider variety of management scenarios. See the Panther Creek Project Summary for more details. Preliminary results for the Panther Creek case study will be posted soon!
Megan is also currently working on the Climate, Management and Habitat (CMH) project, where she is using climate-informed state-and-transition models to assess the effects of climate change and management on habitat for the Greater sage-grouse in southeastern Oregon. The project involves designing management scenarios with the help of scientists and managers in the region and using a dynamic global vegetation model to incorporate the effects of climate change into existing state-and-transition models of vegetation dynamics. See the CMH project prospectus for more information.
Prior to these current projects, Megan worked on the Integrated Landscape Assessment Project (LAP) at the Institute for Natural Resources, where she developed and compiled state-and-transition models for shrubland, grassland and desert ecosystems. ILAP developed a wide range of data, maps, and models of vegetation condition, fuels, wildlife habitat and other information relevant to land management in Washington, Oregon, Arizona and New Mexico. For more information on ILAP, see http://oregonstate.edu/inr/ilap and http://westernlandscapesexplorer.info/.
Megan received her bachelor’s degree in Biology-Environmental Studies from Whitman College in 2003 and her PhD in Ecology from Utah State University in 2009. For her dissertation research, she studied the ecological effects of genetic diversity within populations of quaking aspen with Dr. Mike Pfrender.E-mail: megan.creutzburg [at] pdx.edu