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Beverly Law

Prof. Global Change Biology & Terrestrial Systems Science
328 Richardson Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
Ph: 541.737.6111
Publications: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/G-3882-2010
Web: http://terraweb.forestry.oregonstate.edu
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Research Interests

·         Interactions among climate, disturbances, and terrestrial ecosystems

·         Land use and land management change effects on ecosystems

·         Applications of observations, modeling and remote sensing to understanding landscape to regional variation in carbon and water cycling


Dr. Beverly Law is Professor of Global Change Biology & Terrestrial Systems Science in the Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society, and an Adjunct Professor in the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences. She is an American Geophysical Union Fellow and Aldo Leopold Fellow.

Dr. Law’s research focuses on the effects of climate change, fire, and management on ecosystem carbon and water cycling, addressing issues such as vulnerability of forests to drought-related mortality, and ecological implications of human actions intended to minimize drought and fire effects. She is an author or co-author of over 200 peer-reviewed publications. She and her students and postdocs have contributed to our understanding of the interactions between ecosystems and the atmosphere, and regional analysis of carbon and water cycling and potential vulnerability of forests under future climate.

Dr. Law served as Science Chair of the AmeriFlux network of 100+ land-atmosphere research sites (2000-2011), Chair of the Global Terrestrial Observing System – Terrestrial Carbon Observations (GTOS-TCO), and on the National Research Council committees “Verifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Methods to Support International Climate Agreements,” and “Air Quality Management in the U.S.” Currently, she serves on the international advisory board of the European Integrated Carbon Observation System.

Dr. Law has testified before U.S. House and Senate Committees on a variety of issues, such as "Managing forests in response to climate change including for natural resource adaptation and carbon sequestration," and "Monitoring, measurement, and verification of greenhouse gas emissions."

Selected Publications

·         Law, B.E., R.H. Waring. 2015. Carbon implications of current and future effects of drought, fire and management on Pacific Northwest forests.  Forest Ecology and Management 355:4-14

·         Law, B.E. 2014. Regional analysis of drought and heat impacts on forests: current and future science directions. Global Change Biology 20:3595-3599.

·         Galloway, J. N., W. H. Schlesinger, C. M. Clark, N. B. Grimm, R. B. Jackson, B. E. Law, P. E. Thornton, A. R. Townsend, and R. Martin, 2014: Ch. 15: Biogeochemical Cycles. Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment, J. M. Melillo, Terese (T.C.) Richmond, and G. W. Yohe, Eds., U.S. Global Change Research Program, 350-368.

·         Law, B.E., T. Hudiburg, S. Luyssaert.  2013. Thinning effects on forest productivity: Consequences of preserving old forests and mitigating impacts of fire and drought. Plant Ecology & Diversity 6:73-85.

·         Law, B.E. 2013.  Nitrogen deposition and forest carbon. Nature News & Views 496:307-308.

·         Hudiburg, T.W., S. Luyssaert, P.E. Thornton, B.E. Law. 2013. Interactive effects of environmental change and management strategies on regional forest carbon emissions. Environmental Science & Technology 47:13132-40.

·         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.  Loss of carbon uptake during the turn of the century drought in western North America.  Nature Geoscience 5: 551-556.

·         Goetz, S., B. Bond-Lamberty, B.E. Law, J.A. Hicke, C. Huang, R.A. Houghton, S. McNulty, T. O’Halloran, M. Harmon, A.J.H. Meddens, E.M. Pfeifer, D. Mildrexler, E.S. Kasischke. 2012. Observations and assessment of forest carbon dynamics following disturbance in North America. J. Geophys. Res. 117, G02022, doi:10.1029/2011JG001733.

·         Schulze, E.-D., C. Körner, B.E. Law, H. Haberl, S. Luyssaert.  2012. Large-scale bioenergy from additional harvest of forest biomass is neither sustainable nor greenhouse gas neutral. Global Change Biology Bioenergy 4: 611-616.

·         Law, B.E. and M. Harmon. 2011. Forest sector carbon management, measurement and verification, and discussion of policy related to climate change. Carbon Management 2:73-84.

·         Turner, D.P., W.D. Ritts, Z. Yang, R.E. Kennedy, W.B. Cohen, M.V. Duane, P.E. Thornton, B.E. Law. 2011. Decadal trends in net ecosystem production and net ecosystem carbon balance for a regional socioecological system. Forest Ecology & Management 262:1318-1325.

·         Lee, X, M.L. Goulden, D.Y. Hollinger, A. Barr, T.A. Black, G. Bohrer, R. Bracho, B. Drake, A. Goldstein, L. Gu, G. Katul, T. Kolb, B.E. Law, H. Margolis, T. Meyers, R. Monson, W. Munger, R. Oren, K.T. Paw U, A.D. Richardson, H.P. Schmid, R. Staebler, S. Wofsy, L. Zhao. 2011. Observed sensitivity of local climate to deforestation in mid- and high latitudes. Nature 479:384-387.

·         Hudiburg, T., B.E. Law, D.P. Turner, J. Campbell, D. Donato, M. Duane.  2009. Carbon dynamics of Oregon and Northern California forests and potential land-based carbon storage. Ecological Applications 19:163-180.

·         Luyssaert, E.-D. Schulze, A. Börner, A. Knohl, D. Hessenmöller, B.E. Law, P. Ciais. J. Grace. 2008. Old-growth forests as global carbon sinks. Nature 455: 213-215.

·         Law, B.E., D. Turner, J. Campbell, O.J. Sun, S. Van Tuyl, W.D. Ritts, W.B. Cohen.  2004.  Disturbance and climate effects on carbon stocks and fluxes across western Oregon USA. Global Change Biology 10:1429-1444.

·         Law, B.E., E. Falge, D.D. Baldocchi, P. Bakwin, P. Berbigier, K. Davis, A.J. Dolman, M. Falk, J.D. Fuentes, A. Goldstein, A. Granier, A. Grelle, D. Hollinger, I.A. Janssens, P. Jarvis, N.O. Jensen, G. Katul, Y. Mahli, G. Matteucci, R. Monson, W. Munger, W. Oechel, R. Olson, K. Pilegaard, K.T. Paw U, H. Thorgeirsson, R. Valentini, S. Verma, T. Vesala, K. Wilson, S. Wofsy.  2002.  Environmental controls over carbon dioxide and water vapor exchange of terrestrial vegetation.  Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 113:97-120. (WMO award)



American Geophysical Union Fellow (2014)

Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow (2004)

World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award for publication of the year (2004)

OSU Department of Forest Science Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Faculty (2007)

Dean’s award for excellence in research (2000)

ESI (Essential Science Indicators) most highly cited researcher, ranking among the top 1% most cited in agricultural sciences in the decade 2002-2012

ESI (Essential Science Indicators) most highly cited researcher, ranking among the top 1% most cited in agricultural sciences in the decade 1993-2003




Dr. Law has mentored 7 MS and 7 PhD students, and over 20 post-docs and visiting scientists.




Graduate courses include Global Change Ecology: Impacts, Mitigation, and Adaptation; Drought and Heat Effects on Forests; Measuring and Modeling Carbon and Water Dynamics



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