Mark Swanson

Swanson, Mark

Position Type:
Job Title:
Associate Professor of Family Forestry and Starker Chair
Outreach and Engagement
Forest Engineering, Resources & Management
Office Location:
358 Peavy Forest Science Center (PFSC)
Graduate Major Advisor
Bachelor of Science (Forest Management), 1999, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Doctor of Philosophy (Forest Ecosystem Analysis, 2007, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (chair: Dr. Jerry F. Franklin)
Research Areas
Silviculture, Fire, Forest Health and Biodiversity
Research Interests
  • Early seral forest development and diversity
  • Family forest management
  • Climate change adaptation in forestry
  • Forest stand development
  • Multi-objective silviculture
  • Disturbance Ecology
Selected Publications:
  1. Swanson, Mark E., Margaret I. Magee, Andrew S. Nelson, Rudy Engstrom and Henry D Adams. 2023. Experimental downed woody debris-created microsites enhance tree survival and growth in extreme summer heat. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change. 6: 1224624.
  2. Smith, Robert J., Andrew N. Gray, and Mark E. Swanson. 2020. Temperate forest plant diversity most commonly peaks in early-seral stages. Forest Ecology and Management 475: 118410.
  3. Ulappa, Amy C.*, Lisa A. Shipley, Rachel C. Cook, John G. Cook, and Mark E. Swanson. 2020. Silvicultural herbicides and forest succession affect understory vegetation and nutritional ecology of black-tailed deer in managed forests. Forest Ecology and Management 470-471: 118216.
  4. Chang, Cynthia, Charles Halpern, Joseph Antos, Meghan Avolio, Abir Biswas, James Cook, Roger del Moral, Dylan Fischer, Andres Holz, Robert Pabst, Mark E. Swanson, and Donald Zobel. 2019. Testing conceptual models of plant succession across a disturbance gradient. Journal of Ecology 2019: 1-14. doi 10.1111/1365-2745.13120.
  5. Swanson, Mark E., John Campbell, Dan Donato, and Nichole M. Studevant**. 2014. Biological associates of early-seral pre-forest in the Pacific Northwest. Forest Ecology and Management. (Special issue: Post-Disturbance Forests) 324: 160-171.
  6. Mark E. Swanson, Jerry F. Franklin, Robert L. Beschta, Charles M. Crisafulli, Dominick A. DellaSala, Richard L. Hutto, David B. Lindenmayer, and Frederick J. Swanson. 2011. The Forgotten Stage of Forest Succession: Early Successional Ecosystems on Forest Sites. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 9(2): 117-125.
Extension Title:
Extension Specialist, Family Forestry