Affiliate Research Professor
About Art McKee
Art McKee is Director Emeritus of the H.J. Andrews Experimental
Forest, an LTER site associated with Oregon State University and
currently is a research scientist with the Flathead Lake Biological
Station. He grew up in northeastern Vermont, and attended the
Univ. of Vermont, Univ. of Maine, and the Univ. of Georgia.
His research interests include terrestrial/aquatic interactions,
successional dynamics of riparian and upland communities, and
landscape patterns of biological diversity. In addition to 30-plus
years of field research in the Pacific Northwest, he has worked
in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, the Green and
White Mountains of northern New England, the Colorado Rockies,
at Sequoia Nat Park in the Sierra Nevada, the North Slope and
Brooks Range of Alaska, and riparian areas of northern Minnesota.
He has served as advisor to ecological research programs in
China and Thailand for the World Bank and Rockefeller Foundation.
Personal interests include skiing, fishing, sailing, baseball,
and landscape photography.
- Research Scientist, 2002-present, Flathead Lake Biological Station, The University of Montana.
- Director, H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, 1977-2002, Department of Forest Science, Oregon State University.
- Co-Director, Cascade Center for Ecosystem Management, 1991-2002, Oregon State University.
- Site Manager, Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, 1986-87.
- Biologist (GS-11), Pacific Northwest Interagency Research Natural Area Program, Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Corvallis, OR, 1975-77.
- Instructor, Department of Botany & Plant Pathology, and Honors Program, College of Science, Oregon State University, 1973-76.
- Site Coordinator, H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, U.S./International Biological Program: Coniferous Forest Biome, College of Forestry, Oregon State University, 1971-73.
- Research Associate, Biology Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory 1967-69.
- Biologist (GS-7), Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory- U.S. Army, Hanover, NH, 1966
- Biological Research Assistant, Dartmouth College and Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory- U.S. Army, Hanover, NH, 1965
- University of Vermont, Burlington, VT. 1962-65. (Forestry,
- University of Maine, Orono, ME. 1965-67. (Forest Science)
- University of Georgia, Athens, GA. 1969-71. NDEA Title IV Ph.D.
Fellow (Forest Ecology)
Demonstrating forest reconstruction technique
My interests include terrestrial/aquatic interactions, successional
dynamics of riparian and upland communities, and landscape patterns
of biological diversity. More specifically, the research has
been designed to examine the mechanisms or processes that determine
these linkages, dynamics and patterns. Past projects have looked
at the amounts, quality and timing of litter inputs (energy)
to streams and their changes through succession, effects of
timing and severity of disturbance on vegetation succession,
quantification of environmental gradients and their correlation
with patterns of species distribution and abundance in riparian
and upland habitats, role of roads and streams in movement of
exotic species through a landscape, and importance of biological
legacies in ecosystem recovery from disturbance.
A major goal of the research has been to improve natural resource
management, and many of the studies listed above were conducted
in cooperation with federal and state agencies. The efficacy
of this partnership in shortening the time to move research
results to application has become well documented.
For a full listing of FLBS publications, click here.
- Acker, S. A.; S.V.Gregory, G. Lienkaemper, W.A. McKee, F.J.
Swanson, and S.D. Miller. 2003 Composition,
complexity, and tree mortality in riparian forests in the central
western Cascades of Oregon. Forest Ecology and Management
- Berg, D.R., W.A.McKee, and M.Maki. 2002. Restoring
forests. In D.Mongomery, S.Bolton, and D.Booth eds.,
Restoration of Puget Sound Rivers. Univ. Washington Press.
- Franklin, J.F., D. Lindenmayer, J.A. MacMahon, A. McKee, J.
Magnuson, D.A. Perry, R. Waide, and D.R. Foster. 2000. Threads
of Continuity: Ecosystem Disturbances, Biological Legacies,
and Ecosystem Recovery. Conservation Biology in Practice
Vol. 1(1): 8-16.
- Stanford, J. and A. McKee. 1999. Networking the Organization
of Biological Field Stations (OBFS): An
Action Plan for Environmental Research and Monitoring.
Results of a workshop held May 17-22, 1998 at The National Center
for Ecosystem Analysis and Synthesis, Santa Barbara, California.
Organization of Biological Field Stations Pub. No. 2.
- Means, J.E., S.A. Acker, D.J. Harding, J.B. Blair, M.A. Lefsky,
W.B. Cohen, M.E. Harmon, and W.A. McKee. 1999. Use
of large-footprint scanning airborne lidar to estimate forest
stand characteristics in the western Cascades of Oregon.
Remote Sens. Environ. 67: 298-308.
- Acker, S.A., T.E. Sabin, L.M. Ganio, and W.A. McKee. 1998 Development
of old-growth structure and timber volume growth trends in maturing
Douglas-fir stands. Forest Ecology and Management
- Acker, S.A., W.A. McKee, M.E. Harmon, and J.F. Franklin. 1998.
Long-term research on forest dynamics in
the Pacific Northwest: a network of permanent plots.
In F. Dallmeier and J.A. Comiskey (eds.), Forest biodiversity
in North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean: Research
and monitoring. pp. 93-106. UNESCO, Paris.
- Kimes, D.S., B.N. Holben, J.E. Nickeson, and W.A. McKee. 1996.
Extracting forest age in a Pacific Northwest
forest from thematic mapper and topographic data. Remote
Sens. Environ. 56: 133-140.
- McKee, A., S. Gregory, L. Ashkenas, and Chippewa Riparian Management
Team. 1996. Riparian management guide,
Chippewa National Forest. Chippewa National Forest,
Cass Lake, Minnesota. 97 pp
- Acker, S.A., M.E. Harmon, T.A. Spies, and W.A. McKee. 1996.
Spatial patterns of tree mortality in an
old-growth Abies-Pseudotsuga stand. Northwest Science
- Peck, J.E., S.A. Acker, and W.A. McKee. 1995. Autecology
of mosses in mature and old-growth forests in the central Western
Cascades of Oregon. Northwest Science 69: 184-190.
- Cissel, J.H., F.J. Swanson, W.A. McKee, and A.L. Burditt. 1994.
Using the past to plan the future in the
Pacific Northwest. J. of Forestry 92 (8): 30-31.
- Hansen, A., R. Vega, A. McKee, and A. Moldenke. 1993. Ecological
processes linking forest structure and avian diversity in western
Oregon. In Boyle,T. ed., Biodiversity, temperate ecosystems,
and global change. Proceedings of a NATO Advanced Research
Workshop, Montbello, Quebec, Canada. 17-19 August 1993.
Springer-Verlag, New York.
- Swanson, F.J., A. McKee, and S.V. Gregory. 1992. Managing
riparian zones as ecosystems. Watershed Management
Council Newsletter 4(3): 1-5.
- Franklin, J.F., F.J. Swanson, M.E. Harmon, D.A. Perry, T.A.
Spies, V.H. Dale, A. McKee, W.K. Ferrell, J.E. Means, S.V. Gregory,
J.D. Lattin, T.D. Schowalter, and D. Larsen. 1992. Effects
of global climate change on forests of northwestern North America.
Northwest Environmental Journal 7(2): 233-254.
- Gregory, S.V., F.J. Swanson, W.A. McKee, and K.W. Cummins.
1991. An ecosystem perspective of riparian
zones. BioScience 41: 540-551.
- McDade, M.H., F.J. Swanson, W.A. McKee, J.F. Franklin and J.
Van Sickle. 1990. Source distances for
coarse woody debris entering small streams in western Oregon
and Washington. Can. J. For. Res. 20: 326-330.
Grants Recently Obtained
- Research Support for Andrews Experimental Forest. $221,508.
USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station Award
(PNW 01-CR-11261952-221). 10/01-09/06.
- Northwest Center for Sustainable Resources (NCSR): An Advanced
Technology Education Focal Point. $899,283. National Science
Foundation, Division of Education and Human Resources, Advanced
Technological Education DUE #0101498. 10/01-10/03.
- Scalable Information Systems: from laboratories to NEONs. $50,000.
National Science Foundation. 10/00-09/01
- Young-stand thinning and species diversity study. $133,771.
USDA Forest Service Joint Venture Agreement, PNW-99. 09/99-09/03.
- Northwest Center for Sustainable Resources (NCSR). $4,996,950.
National Science Foundation, Division of Education and Human
Resources, Advanced Technological Education. 10/98-9/01.
- Communications enhancement for Andrews Forest. $225,000. National
Science Foundation, LTER program. 03/98-10/02
- Inventory of riparian stand disturbance regimes. $30,000. USDA
Forest Service Joint Venture Agreement, PNW-98. 05/98-12/02
- Monitoring and analysis of permanent vegetation plots. $86,227.
USDA Forest Service Cooperative Agreement, PNW-98. 2/98-2/99.
- Auto-analytical equipment to analyze large numbers of water,
soil, and plant samples. $42,083. National Science Foundation
(Multi-user Equipment Competition). 4/98-4/99.
- Cooperative Research and Management Award. 1988. Willamette
National Forest, Oregon. For outstanding contributions to improving
the working relationship between research and management.
- James and Mildred Oldfield Team Award. 1989. Oregon
State University, College of Agriculture. "For demonstration
of how individual strengths create collective success",
an award for outstanding examples of collaborative research.
- Dean's Award. 1990. College of Forestry, Oregon State
University, Corvallis. For exceptional contributions to furthering
ecological sciences and incorporating that knowledge into forest
- Conservation Award. 1991. USDA Forest Service, Pacific
Northwest Research Station. For outstanding contributions to
ecological sciences that promote conservation of natural resources
and biological diversity.
- New Perspectives Award. 1992. USDA Forest Service,
Chief's Office. US Forest Service's national award for excellence
in fostering improved natural resource management.
- Outstanding Contributions Award. 2001. Northwest Center
for Sustainable Resources, an NSF Center for Advanced Technology
Education. For outstanding contributions to education on management
of sustainable resources.
Professional Memberships (dates of
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
- American Institute Biological Sciences,
from Org. of Biol Field Sta. (1990-1991)
- Association of Ecosystem Research Centers,
at Large, Board of Directors (2000-2003)
- Ecological Society of America
of Long-Term Studies Section
- Chair, Long-Term Studies Section (2000-2002)
- Northwest Scientific Association
- Natural Areas Association
- Program committee (1996-1997)
- Organization of Biological Field Stations
- Chair, Research Committee (1986-1994)
- Vice-president (1987-1989)
- Chair, NSF Relations Committee (1996-present)
- President (1998-2000)
- Past-President (2000-2002)
- Liaison to LTER program (1998-2002)