OCCRI Researchers

Title: Professor, Global Change Biology & Terrestrial Systems Science
Name: Beverly E Law
Institution: Oregon State University
Department: Forest Ecosystems & Society

B.S. Forest Resources & Conservation (specializing in Forest Management), University of Florida
PhD Forest Ecology, Oregon State University
Postdoc, Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University

Research Theme: Regional multi-scale analysis of the effects of climate, natural disturbance, and land management on terrestrial ecosystem processes, including productivity and respiration, that contribute to carbon dioxide and water vapor exchange with the atmosphere. Emphasis on forest-atmosphere interaction, and effects of forest age on ecosystem carbon balance. Atmospheric CO2 observation network and modeling regional atmospheric CO2 variability. Life cycle assessment of forest management scenarios of wildfire risk reduction and bioenergy harvest. Methods for quantifying greenhouse gas emissions and forest carbon sequestration.

Research Fields:

Ecology and Ecosystem Management
Forestry and Forest Management
Impacts Ecosystems and Populations
Mitigation Policy
Modeling Ecosystems
Physiological Ecology

Professional Activities:

Science Chair, AmeriFlux research network of 100 sites (2001-2011)

Chair, Terrestrial Carbon Observations Panel of the Global Terrestrial Observing System (UN programme sponsored by UNEP, FAO, WMO, et al.)

Member, US Carbon Cycle Science Program Science Steering Group (2003-2010)

Advisory Boards: Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS) of Europe (2010-), and Carbon and Greenhouse Gas Management in Europe (GHG-Europe, 2010-)

Subject Editor, Global Change Biology (professional journal)

Selected Publications:

National Research Council. 2010. Verifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Methods to Support International Climate Agreements. National Academies Press, Washington DC. 124 pages.

Law, B.E., T. Hudiburg, S. Luyssaert. 2012. Thinning effects on forest productivity: Consequences of preserving old forests and mitigating impacts of fire and drought. Plant Ecology & Diversity. Doi 10.1080/17550874.2012.679013.

Hudiburg, T., B.E. Law, C. Wirth, S. Luyssaert. 2011. Regional CO2 implications of forest bioenergy production. Nature Climate Change 1:419-423. doi: 10.1038/NCLIMATE1264.

Schwalm, C.R., C.A. Williams, K. Schaefer, D. Baldocchi, A. Black, A.H. Goldstein, B.E. Law, W.C. Oechel, K.T. Paw U, R. Scott. 2012. Reduction in carbon uptake during the turn of the century drought in western North America. Nature Geoscience, Doi 10.1038/NGEO1529.

Schmidt, A., B.E. Law, C. Hanson, O. Krumm. 2012. Distinct global patterns of strong positive and negative shifts of seasons over the last 6 decades. Atmospheric and Climate Sciences 2:76-88.