|B r i a n B u m a
University of Alaska Southeast | 11120 Glacier Hwy, Juneau AK 99801 | 907-796-6410
firstname.lastname@example.org | www.brianbuma.com
Assistant Professor of Forest Ecology, University of Alaska Southeast, 2013 - current
Department of Natural Science
Affiliate Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks 2014 – current
Department of Natural Resources
University of Colorado, Boulder- Ph.D (2013) Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
•Forest disturbances, interactions between disturbances, and successional trajectories of recovering vegetation, resilience of corresponding ecosystem services in a changing climate, the role of management.
Western Washington University- M.A. (2005) Woodring College of Education
•Thesis: Inquiry education in high school science
•Multicultural science education
Western Washington University- B.S. (2003) Biology Department
• B.S. Biology, minor in Chemistry
Peer Reviewed Publications
•Buma B, Krapek J, Edwards RT. Watershed-scale forest biomass distribution in a perhumid temperate rainforest as driven by topographic, soil, and disturbance variables. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. In press.
•Mayer AL, Buma B, Davis A, Gagne SA, Loudermilk EL, Scheller R, Schmiegelow F, Wiersma Y, Franklin J. 2016. How landscape ecology informs global land change science and policy. BioScience. 66(6): 458-469.
•Kranabetter JM, KK McLauchlan, SK Enders, JM Fraterrigo, PE Higuera, JL Morris, EB Rastetter, R Barnes, B Buma, DG Gavin, LM Gerhart, L Gillson, P Hietz, MC Mack, B McNeil, S Perakis. 2016. A framework to assess biogeochemical response to ecosystem disturbance using nutrient partitioning ratios. Ecosystems. 19: 387-395.
•Krapek J, Buma B. 2015. Yellow-cedar: Climate change and natural history at odds. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment. 13: 280-281.
•Buma B, Livneh B. 2015. Potential effects of forest disturbances and management on water resources in a warmer climate. Forest Science. 61: 895-903.
•Buma B, Barrett T. 2015. Signs of disturbance disequilibrium and directional change in the world’s largest temperate rainforest. Global Change Biology. 21: 3445-3454.
•Buma B. 2015. Disturbance interactions: Characterization, prediction, and the potential for cascading effects. Ecosphere. 6:art70.
•Livneh B., J.S. Deems, B. Buma, J.J. Barsugli, D. Schneider, N.P. Molotch, K. Wolter, and C.A. Wessman, 2015. Catchment response to bark beetle outbreak in the upper Colorado River basin. Journal of Hydrology. 523: 196-210.
•Buma B, Johnson AC. 2015. Disturbance interactions mediated by topography: Wind exposure, landslide susceptibility, and yellow cedar decline in southeast Alaskan temperate rainforests. Geomorphology. 228, 504-511.
•Buma B, Poore B, Wessman CA. 2014. Interacting disturbances and their effect on carbon, charcoal, and further implications for carbon sequestration in forests. Ecosystems. 17(6): 947-959.
•Buma B, Hennon PE, Bidlack AL, Baichtal JF, Ager TA, Streveler G. 2014. Correspondence regarding “The problem of conifer species migration lag in the Pacific Northwest region since the last glaciation” by Elias, S.A., 2013, Quaternary Science Reviews 77, 53-69.
•McLauchlan, K.K., P.E. Higuera, D.G. Gavin, S.S. Perakis, M.M. Mack, H. Alexander, J. Battles, F. Biondi, B. Buma, D. Colombaroli, S.K. Enders, D.R. Engstrom, F.S. Hu, J. Marlon, J. Marshall, M. McGlone, J. Morris, L. Nave, B.N. Shuman, E.A.H. Smithwick, D. Urrego, D. Wardle, C. Williams, and J.J. Williams. 2014. Reconstructing disturbances and their biogeochemical consequences over multiple timescales. BioScience. 64(2): 105-116.
•Buma B. 2014. Nutrient responses to ecosystem disturbances from annual to multi-millennial timescales. New Phytologist. 1: 13-15.
•Buma B, Brown C, Donato D, Fontaine J, Johnstone J. 2013. The impacts of changing disturbance regimes on serotinous plant populations and communities. BioScience 63(11): 866-876.
•Buma B, Wessman CA. 2013. Forest resilience, climate change, and opportunities for adaptation: A specific case of a general problem. Forest Ecology and Management. 306: 216-225.
•Buma B, Pugh ET, Wessman CA. 2013. Effect of a major insect outbreak on phenological and LAI trends in southern Rocky Mountain forests. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 34(20): 7249-7274.
•Buma B. 2013. Don’t give up just yet: Maintaining species, services, and systems in a changing world. Invited commentary on: Sandler R. Climate Change and Ecosystem Management. Ethics, Policy, and Environment. 16(1): 1-4.
•Buma B, Wessman CA. 2013. Management, science, and disturbances as opportunities for adaptive transformation of forests. The International Journal of Climate Change. 4(3): 77-87.
•Buma B, Wessman CA. 2012. Differential species responses to compounded perturbations and implications for landscape heterogeneity and resilience. Forest Ecology and Management, 266:25-33.
•Buma B. 2012. Evaluating the utility and seasonality of NDVI values for assessing post-disturbance recovery in a subalpine forest. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 184(6):3849-3860.
•Buma B, Wessman CA. 2011. Disturbance interactions can impact resilience mechanisms of forests. Ecosphere. 2(5):art64.
Publications in Revision/Review
•Buma B., Livneh B. What makes a watershed sensitive to disturbance? Geophysical Research Letters. In revision
•Fellman JB, Hood E, Edwards RT, D’Amore DV, Buma B. Linking LiDAR with streamwater biogeochemistry in coastal temperate rainforest watersheds. Biogeosciences. In revision.
•Buma B, Hennon P, Krapek J, Lamb M, Saunders S, Zeglen S. Emerging broad-scale mortality driven by climate warming and loss of snowpack. Global Change Biology. In review.
•Buma B, Costanza JK, Riitters K. Determining the size of a complete (disturbance) landscape: Multi-scale, continental analysis of forest change. Landscape Ecology. In review.
•Riitters K, Costanza JK, Buma B. Scaling domains of tree cover disturbance patterns in North America, 2000 – 2012. Ecological Indicators. In review.
•Buma B, Bisbing S, Krapek K, Wright G. A foundation of ecology re-discovered: 100 years of succession on the William S Cooper permanent plots shows importance of contingency in community development. Ecology. In review.
•Buma B. 2015. Field Methods in Forest Ecology Laboratory Manual. University of Alaska Southeast. 80 pages.
•Hermanson R, Nufio C, Schmidt B, Buma B. 2010. Principles of Ecology Laboratory Manual. University of Colorado. Fountain head Press, Texas. 110 pages.
•Buma B. 2013. “It takes two to fill our forests with lichens.” Juneau Empire
Grants and Awards
•USFS/Alaska Dept. of Forestry – Forestry Internship RSA 2017-2020. As PI. $29,302.
•USFS/Alaska Dept. of Forestry – Forestry Internship RSA 2016. As PI. $4,935.
•NSF Research Coordination Network: Coastal Rainforest Margins Research Network – understanding materials flux in linked terrestrial and marine ecosystems in the face of climate change (5 years). Co-PI with Allison Bidlack (PI, Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center) & David Butman (coPI, University of Washington). $498, 470.
•National Geographic Exploration Grant. 2016. Rediscovery of original 1916 William Cooper vegetation succession plots in Glacier Bay, Alaska. $7,765.
•BLaST travel grant. 2015. Training for advanced educational/pedagogical techniques. $1,954.
•NASA RID Grant, 2015-2016. “Improving landslide warning systems for local weather forecasts by linking wind exposure, satellite precipitation data, and local weather forecasts. $19,309.
•University of Alaska Southeast Academic Innovation Funds, 2015. PI, $2,419.
•Alaska Yellow Cedar Decline Impact Assessment and Restoration Baseline, 2015. PI, with Allison Bidlack (Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center) $30,007
•Novus professional development grant. 2015. “Fire effects on black carbon and microbial activities.” PI/co-PI, linked proposal with Rebecca Barnes (Colorado College) $1,500
•NASA EPSCoR RID Grant. 2014 - 2015. “Linking LIDAR and stream organic carbon export: Can aboveground biomass and landscape composition be used to predict the export and biogeochemistry of stream organic carbon?” PI, with Eran Hood & Jason Fellman (Hydrology, UAS) and Rick Edwards (USFS) $29,919
•Alaska Space Grant Program. With Laurie Sowa and Robin Gilchrist (Engineering). 2014-2015. “Biomass Energy of Southeast Alaska: Providing Hands on Technology Projects for STEM Undergraduates.” $27,888
• Work on forest resilience was recognized in a radio interview with Quirks and Quarks, the Canadian Broadcast Companies weekly science show.
•NSF, with Carol Wessman, 2011-2013, “Disturbance Interactions, Management, and Implications for Carbon Sequestration,” DEB 1119819, $230,591
•Western Water Assessment/NOAA. 2011-2013. “Snowmelt Perturbations and Water Supply Forecast Errors Across the Colorado Headwaters.” With Jeff Deems, Noah Molotch, Carol Wessman, Klaus Wolter, Joe Basugli, and Tom Painter. $348,000.
•NASA MSU Professional Enhancement Award, 2013. $600
•ESA Ecovision Award, $150
•Co-Investigator: CIRES Innovative Research Project Grant, 2011, $14,719
•CIRES Graduate Fellowship, 2010, $14,719
•USGA travel grant, 2010, $300
•SPOT Planet Action Award 2009, ~$8000 (satellite imagery)
Undergraduate Specific Grants (as faculty mentor)
•URECA grant with H. Evoy, 2014, $712
•URECA grant with K. Elmore, 2014, $1061
Proposals in Review
•NASA: Providing IMERG Multi-Sensor Level 3 Precipitation Product at High Latitudes. As Co-I with George Huffman (NASA, PI), Tom Hienrichs (UAF, Co-I), and Alison York (UAF, Co-I)
•NSF: Regional Impacts of Increasing Fire Frequency and Climate Change on Carbon Dynamics and Species Composition in the Boreal Forest. As Co-PI with Melissa Lucash (PSU)
•NASA: Combined effects of management and climate change on carbon stocks and fluxes in the coastal forests of the North Pacific. As PI.
•John Krapek (ongoing). Primary advisor. Dynamics of yellow cedar founder populations. MS.
•Jon Martin (ongoing). Committee member. Forest management and deer populations. PhD.
•Buma B, Juday G. 2016. Repeat photographs and surveys over 100 years of change. (oral) Alaska National Park annual meeting, Fairbanks, Alaska.
•Buma B, Juday G. 2016. 100 years of succession on the Cooper succession plots in Glacier Bay, Alaska. (oral) Glacier Bay National Park, Gustavus, Alaska.
•Buma B, Jacobs A. 2016. Forest landslides in southeast Alaska: Impacts, prediction, and evaluation. (oral) NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland.
•Buma B, Riitters K, Costanza JK. 2016. How big is a complete (disturbance) landscape? US-International Association for Landscape Ecology (oral). Asheville, North Carolina.
•Bisbing S, Buma B, Krapek J. 2016. Microclimate drivers of decline and forest compositional shifts in yellow cedar forests of southeast Alaska. US-International Association for Landscape Ecology (oral). Asheville, North Carolina.
•Riitters K, Costanza JK, Buma B. 2016. Modeling North America tree cover disturbance at multiple scales. US-International Association for Landscape Ecology (oral). Asheville, North Carolina.
•Buma B. 2016. The shifting North Pacific temperate rainforests: From individual trees to the regional biome. Invited speaker, Western Washington University. Bellingham, Washington.
•Buma B, Bisbing S, Bidlack A, VanderNaald B, Clark C. 2015. Alaska yellow cedar: Harvest and restoration baseline. USFS Regional Meeting (oral), Juneau, Alaska.
•Buma B., Livneh B. 2015. Quantifying the sensitivity of water yield to forest disturbances across a diverse set of unmanaged watersheds throughout the continental United States. AGU (oral), San Francisco, CA.
•Livneh B., Deems J., Buma B., Barsugli J., Schneider D., Molotch N., Wessman C., Wolter K. 2015. Hydrologic impacts of land cover disturbances in the Upper Colorado River Basin. AGU (oral), San Francisco, CA.
•Barnes B, Buma B, Wolf K, Fehsenfeld T, Kehlenbeck M. 2015. After the Burn: Forest carbon stocks and fluxes across fire disturbed landscapes in Colorado, USA. AGU (poster), San Francisco, CA.
•Hennon P, Zeglen S, Trubilowisz J, Sunders S, Floyd B, Harrington C, D’Amore D, Buma B, Bidlack A. 2015. A range wide climate vulnerability assessment of yellow-cedar along a 20 degree latitudinal span of the Pacific Coast temperate rainforest. International Association for Landscape Ecology World Congress (oral), Portland, Oregon.
•Saunders S, Klassen H, Buma B, Hennon P, Alaback P, MacKinnon A. 2015. Implications of projected climate change for relative roles of disturbance, climate, and site drivers on stand level dynamics across a plot network of the perhumid coastal temperate rainforest. International Association for Landscape Ecology World Congress (oral), Portland, Oregon.
•Krapek J, Buma B, Verbyla D, D’Amore D, Hennon P. 2015. Establishment patterns of yellow-cedar at a current range edge: A climate-threatened tree’s migration north and east, and implications for conservation planning. International Association for Landscape Ecology World Congress (oral), Portland, Oregon.
•Buma B, Barrett T. 2015. Regional scale disequilibrium in the perhumid North Pacific temperate rainforest. International Association for Landscape Ecology World Congress (oral), Portland, Oregon.
•Buma B, Fellman J, Edwards RT, Hood E. 2014. Linking forest and aquatic carbon in Berners Bay, Alaska EPSCoR annual conference (poster).
•Johnson A, Kruger L, Buma B, Schrader B. 2014. Geomorphology and sustainable indigenous populations. American Water Resources Association Meeting (oral) Juneau, Alaska.
•Buma B. 2014. Disturbance research in Alaska and Colorado. Novus network: Linking disturbance ecology across temporal scales (oral). Estes Park, Colorado.
•Johnson A, Kruger L, Buma B, Schrader B. 2014. Geomorphology and indigenous populations of Southeast Alaska. AWRA National Meeting (oral), Virginia.
•Buma B, Brown CD*, Johnstone JF, Fontaine JB, Donato DC. 2014. Serotiny and resilience to fire: Who are the winners and losers? Ecological Society of America (oral), Sacramento, CA. *presenter
•Downes Z, Wiles G, Lawson D, Wiesenberg N, Connor CL, Buma B, Barclay D, Frank DC, Nelson W. 2014. Dating glacial history of the first millennium CE in Muir Inlet, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, southeast Alaska. Geological Society of America (oral), Vancouver BC.
•Buma B, Johnson AC. 2014. Wind and landslide interactions in southeast Alaskan temperate rainforests. International Association for Landscape Ecology (oral), Anchorage, Alaska.
•Buma B, Livneh B. 2014. Responding to forest disturbances: Policy Implications. Invited Presentation, International Association for Landscape Ecology (oral), Anchorage, Alaska.
•Buma B, Livneh B, Wessman CA. 2014. Forest disturbances, management actions, and a changing climates implications for water supplies. Invited Presentation (oral), Global Land Project Open Science Meeting, Berlin, Germany.
•Buma B, Beaudreau A, Bidlack AL, Tallmon D, VanderNaald B, Pyare S. 2013. A new resource for integrated temperate rainforest ecosystem research: The Berners Bay glacier-to-estuary research area. Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference (poster), Seattle.
•Poore R, Wessman CA, Buma B. 2013. The effects of fire severity on black carbon additions to forest soils – 10 years post fire. AGU (poster).
•Livneh B, Deems JS, Buma B, Barsugli JJ. 2013. Using quasi-dynamic land cover to investigate hydrologic disturbance from beetle-kill and dust in the Upper Colorado river basin. AGU (oral).
•Buma B, Poore R, Wessman CA. 2013. Compound disturbances and their impact on post-fire carbon and charcoal pools. International Association for Landscape Ecology (oral), Austin TX.
•Livneh, B, Deems JS, and Buma B. 2013. National Centers for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Seminar, Boulder (oral), CO. Deciphering the impacts of competing hydrologic disturbance factors in the Upper Colorado River Basin.
•Buma B, Wessman CA. 2012. Fire catalyzed regime shifts, carbon sequestration, and climate change: A case for active management? 5th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress (oral). Portland, OR.
•Livneh, B., J.S. Deems, B. Buma, J.J. Barsugli, D. Schneider, N. Molotch, and C. Wessman. 2012. Interpreting changes to Upper Colorado River Basin hydrologic response via alternate climatic and land-cover scenarios (oral), AGU
•Livneh, B., J.S. Deems, B. Buma, J.J. Barsugli, D. Schneider, and C. Wessman. 2012. Upper Colorado River Basin Water Conference. Modeling Hydrologic Impacts of Bark Beetles and Desert Dust on Tributary Catchments of the Upper Colorado River Basin (oral). EGU
•Buma B., Wessman CA 2012. Ecosystem services may outlast their ecosystems: Regional carbon stocks minimally affected by multiple disturbances and coniferous-to-deciduous regime change (oral). Ecological Society of America.
•Buma B, Wessman CA. 2012. Ecosystems and ecosystem services may have differing resilience to increasing disturbance rates and disturbance interactions. 4th International Conference on Climate Change (invited oral). Seattle WA.
•Buma, B, Wessman CA. 2012. Resistance and resilience mediate disturbance interactions: A review and modeling exercise. International Association of Landscape Ecology (poster), Newport, RI.
•Wessman, CA, Muller, B, Buma, B, Bagher, M, Flohr, T, Heris M. 2012. Assessing the benefits of green infrastructure. International Association of Landscape Ecology (oral), Newport, RI.
•Buma, B, Flohr, T, Wessman CA, Muller, B, Bagher, M, Heris M. 2012. Urban phenology and ecosystem services. Front Range ecology forum (oral), Ft. Collins, CO.
•Buma, B, Wessman CA. 2011. Compounding disturbances and their impact on regeneration of subalpine tree species. Ecological Society of America (oral).
•Buma, B, Wessman CA. 2011. Multiple disturbances in a subalpine forest, impact on resilience mechanisms, and implications for ecosystem recovery. International Association of Landscape Ecology (oral).
•Buma B. 2011. Multiple disturbances and subalpine forest regeneration. CIRES Graduate Student Association (oral).
•Buma, B, Pelz, K. 2011. MPB, fuel loadings, and the loss of forest resilience? Western Water Assessment Symposium (invited oral), Boulder CO.
• Buma B. Multiple disturbances can reduce coniferous forest resilience. CIRES Rendezvous (poster), Boulder CO.
•Buma B. 2011. Disturbance interactions and forest resilience mechanisms. Front Range ecology forum (oral), Ft. Collins, CO.
• Buma B. 2010. Compounding disturbances and their impact on subalpine forest and landscape structure. International Association of Wildland Fire (poster), Spokane, WA.
•Invasive species management and outplanting of native species, Kauai.
•Spatial fire modeling (Flammap, Farsite, Randig) and fire effects modeling (FOFEM)
•Black carbon/charcoal quantification in forest soils (KMD digestion)
•Carbon and nitrogen elemental analysis (Carlo-Erba/Costech EA)
•LiDAR based forest biomass and biogeochemistry modeling (terrestrial and aquatic)
•Remote sensing and GIS for ecological applications (ArcGIS, ENVI, R, and ERDAS)
•Phenological analysis including MODIS data management (MRT) and TIMESAT/MATLAB software
•R applications (statistics, GIS, remote sensing, dynamic spatial disturbance modeling)
•USDA Forest Service Vegetation Simulator (FVS)
•Citizen Science (Project Budburst; Adventure Science)
•Coastal Margins NSF RCN co-PI – integrating terrestrial and aquatic biogeochemical research at broad scales.
•Visiting scientist exchange program: Colorado College with Dr. Barnes, knowledge transfer program (charcoal/carbon budgeting and soil incubation experiments).
•”Disturbance Dynamics in Temperate Rainforests” symposium chair, International Association for Landscape Ecology World Congress (in July 2015)
•Novus NSF RCN workshop (Paleo-neo biogeochemical network), Sept. 7-11 2014, Estes Park, Colorado
•Alaskan Coastal Rainforest Center, Juneau Alaska
•Novus NSF RCN workshop (Paleo-neo biogeochemical network), May 21-25 2013, HJ Andrews Experimental Forest.
•NSF Workshop Invited participant, WIS2DOM: Weaving Indigenous and Sustainability Sciences: Diversifying our Methods Workshop, Olympia, WA, February 2013
•US Forest Service Climate Change and Management Program meeting, October 2012
•4th Annual AIBS congressional district visit participant, August 2012
•PBB501 “Teaching phenology” class, NEON, July 2012.
•Invited participant, NEON Inc. Scaling workshop, Boulder, Colorado, June 2012
•NSF Workshop Invited participant, PROBE (Paleo Reconstructions of Biogeochemical
Environments) at KSU/Konza LTER, April 2012. See Eos, Vol. 93, No. 47 for more information.
200 level: Temperate Rainforest Ecosystems
200 level: Field Methods in Forest Ecology
300 level: Temperate Rainforest Ecology
300 level: Natural Resource Management
400 level: Landscape Ecology and Biogeography
400 level: Forest Ecosystem Ecology
400 level: Independent Research in Environmental Science (multiple)
-Interactions between forest mortality, landslides, and wind
-Topographic characteristics of forest landslides in Southeast Alaska
500 level: Graduate Spatial Statistics (Independent Study Faculty, UAF)
100 level: General Biology lab (as graduate TA)
200 level: General Ecology lab (as graduate TA)
University Service Positions
•Clarence and Verle Kramer Endowment and Internship coordinator (2013 – 2016, ongoing)
•Geography 5-Year Program Review lead (2015-2016, ongoing)
•Research Committee (2014-2016, ongoing)
•Grant coordinator search committee, Arts and Sciences (2015-2016, ongoing)
•Faculty search committee, Natural Sciences (2014-2015)
•University of Alaska Foundation scholarship review (2015)
•Meet the Scientist community outreach (2014)
•Glacial Wood Identification and Write-up, UAS Geology (2013-2014)
•Faculty Handbook Committee (2013-2014)
•Library Forest Science collection selection (2013, 2015)
Non-university Service Positions
•US-International Association for Landscape Ecology. National Fundraising Chair. Current
•US- International Association for Landscape Ecology Policy Committee Member Current
•Juneau Urban Tree Association member Current
•US Forest Service, Juneau Spatial Ecology Working Group Current
•Sense about Science (senseaboutscience.org) member, volunteer, reviewer Current
•Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) science curricula reviewer Current
•LiDAR consulting, City and Bureau of Juneau 2014 - 2015
•US-International Association for Landscape Ecology. 2014 International Conference 2013 - 2014
Local fundraising lead.
•Alaska/NASA Undergraduate Space Grant proposal review 2013
•US Forest Service Forest Vegetation Simulator bootstrap programming update team 2012
•Hydrologic Science Symposium, 2013 Committee member 2012- 2013
•LWEEP (Laboratory water and energy efficiency program) 2008 – 2013
•Online Climate Change Education Content Administration 2012
•Conservation Northwest (formerly Northwest Ecosystem Alliance) 2002-2008
Selected Professional Teaching Development
•Incorporating your research in classroom workshop 2015
•Online Course Evaluation certification 2014
•Monday Morning mentoring: Flipped classroom series 2013-2015
Peer-reviews provided for
Ecological Monographs, Oikos, Environmental Modeling and Assessment, Ecological Applications, NASA, Carbon Balance and Management, Environmental Conservation, Remote Sensing, Sustainability Science, US Forest Service, International Journal of Wildland Fire, Global Change Biology, PLOS One, Soil Science Society of America Journal, NSF EAR division (proposal review), BioScience, Landscape Ecology, Frontiers in Ecology and Environment
Professional Memberships and Associations (Current)
•Alaskan Coastal Rainforest Center
•Hi’iaka sustainability science program, linking indigenous and academic research
•NSF Novus research coordination network (Biogeochemical-disturbance research)
•NSF Coastal Rainforest Margins research network (Biogeochemical linkages across terrestrial-aquatic systems)
•Ecological Society of America
•International Association of Landscape Ecology