Forest

Research

Recent research in Little Valley has focused on plant-animal interactions involving seed-caching rodents and birds and several species of pines and shrubs, studies of vegetation decomposition and nutrient cycling and pheromone production by pine bark beetles. We have limited funding to support graduate student research projects.

We welcome off-campus scientists who need the habitat types available in the Whittell Forest. Research proposals are reviewed by the Board of Control as they are received.

Franco Biondi

Franco Biondi
Research interests: climate-forest interactions, surface landscape processes, quantitative methods, dendrochronology.
Gary Blomquist

Gary Blomquist
Research interest: pheromone biosynthesis in pine bark beetles.
Jennifer Hollander

Jennifer Hollander
Research interest: role of olfaction in rodents locating cached seeds.
Dale Johnson

Dale Johnson
Research interest: biogeochemical cycling the in Sierran forest ecosystems.
Steve Vander Wall

Steve Vander Wall
Research interest: Plant-animal interactions involving seeds.