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Publications for Forest Community Responses and Dynamics (SP I)

​​Below are the results of our ongoing research, in the Bankhead National Forest area and elsewhere. ​​


Theses / Dissertations





Brandie Stringer (MS, May 2015; Advisor Yong Wang). Thesis: BREEDING BIRD RESPONSE TO FOREST CANOPY REDUCTION ON THE MID-CUMBERLAND PLATEAU IN NORTHERN ALABAMA. Master's thesis, 165 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama.​​


Emily Summers (MS, May 2015; Advisor Yong Wang). Thesis: AVIAN RESPONSE TO THINNING AND BURNING PRESCRIPTIONS IN THE WILLIAM B. BANKHEAD NATIONAL FOREST, ALABAMA. Master's thesis, 165 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama.


Heather Howell (PhD, May 2015; Advisor William Stone). Dissertation: AQUATIC HABITAT SUITABILITY IN AN URBANIZING LANDSCAPE. Doctoral Dissertation, Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama.​


Richard Borthwick (MS, December 2014; Advisor Yong Wang). Thesis: BIRD DIVERSITY AND ABUNDANCE ON RECLAIMED SURFACE MINES IN ALABAMA: TEMPORAL AND HABITAT RELATED VARIATIONS. Master's thesis, 112 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama.


Eric Margenau (MS, December 2014; Advisor Yong Wang). Thesis: BREEDING BIRD COMMUNITY RESPONSE AND POST-BREEDING DISPERSAL OF THE YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT TO A GRADIENT OF FOREST CANOPY REDUCTION IN AN UPLAND HARDWOOD FOREST. Master's thesis, Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama.


Fetun Desta (MS, May 2014; Advisor Dr. Soliman). Thesis: MICROSATELLITE GENETIC DIVERSITY BETWEEN AND WITHIN FOUR HYBRIDIZING RED OAK SPECIES, AND THEIR ECOLOGICAL IMPLICATIONS. ​Master's Thesis, 51 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama.


Rashidah Farid (MS, May 2014; Advisor Dr. Soliman). Thesis: FOREST DISTURBANCE LONG-TERM IMPACTS ON AMPHIBIAN POPULATIONS' GENETIC DIVERSITY. Master's Thesis, 72 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama.


Timothy Baldwin (PhD, December 2013; Advisor Dr. Wang). Dissertation: THE EFFECT OF MULTI-SCALE FOREST DISTURBANCE ON POOL BREEDING AMPHIBIAN ECOLOGY.  Doctoral Dissertation, 352 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama.


Andrew Can​trell (MS, May 2011; Advisor Dr. Wang). Thesis: HERPETOFAUNAL AND SMALL MAMMAL RESPONSE TO OAK REGENERATION TREATMENTS ON THE MID-CUMBERLAND PLATEAU OF SOUTHERN TENNESSEE.​ Master’s Thesis, 134 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama.


Clint Patterson (MS, May 2011; Advisor Dr. Dimov). Restoration of Hardwoods: Effects of FertilizerSupplement on Oak and of Overstory Density and Fertilizer Supplement onAmerican Chestnut Seedlings.​ Master’s Thesis, 75 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama. 


Jeanette Williams (MS, May 2011; Advisor Dr. Dimov). Thesis: EFFECT OF HIGH-INTENSITY DIRECTED FIRE IN DIFFERENT SEASONS ON SURVIVAL AND SPROUTING OF THREE INVASIVE SPECIES: LONICERA SPP (BUSH HONEYSUCKLE), PAULOWNIA TOMENTOSA (ROYAL PAULOWNIA), AND LIGUSTRUM SINENSE (CHINESE PRIVET). Master's Thesis, 69 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama. 


Lisa Gardner (MS, December 2010; Advisor Dr. Wang). STOPOVER ECOLOGY OF MIGRATORY LANDBIRDS AT AN INLAND SITE IN ALABAMA DURING AUTUMN MIGRATION. Master's Thesis, 198 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama. 


Dana Virone (MS, December 2010; Advisor Dr. Dimov). GROUND LAYER RESPONSE TO THINNING AND BURNING ON THE SOUTHERN CUMBERLAND PLATEAU, ALAMABA. Master’s Thesis, 66 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL.


William Sutton (PhD, May 2010; Advisor Dr. Wang). Dissertation: FOREST HERPETOFAUNAL RESPONSE TO PRESCRIBED BURNING AND THINNING IN PINE-HARDWOOD FORESTS. Doctoral Dissertation, 262 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL.​


Chelsea Scott (MS, 2008; Advisor Dr. Wang). USE OF NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL VERNAL POOLS BY SEMI-AQUATIC SALAMANDERS IN THE CUMBERLAND REGION OF JACKSON COUNTY, ALABAMA. Master’s Thesis, 110 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL.


Jill Wick (MS, December 2008; Advisor Dr. Wang). FOREST DISTURBANCE: BREEDING ECOLOGY RESPONSE OF SONGBIRDS. Master's Thesis, 138 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL. 


Florence Chan (MS, 2007; Advisor Dr. Wang). AN INVENTORY OF HERPETOFAUNA ON STATE CONSERVATION LANDS IN THE CUMBERLAND PLATEAU OF NORTHERN ALABAMA. Master’s Thesis, 120 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL.


Zachary Felix (PhD, May 2007; Advisor Dr. Wang). RESPONSE OF FOREST HERPETOFAUNA TO VARYING LEVELS OF OVERSTORY TREE RETENTION IN NORTHERN ALABAMA. PhD. Dissertation, 166 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL.


Joel Zak (MS, May 2007; Advisor Dr. Dimov). GROUND VEGETATION RESPONSE TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS AND SILVICULTURAL TREATMENTS ON THE SOUTHERN CUMBERLAND PLATEAU, ALABAMA. Master’s Thesis, 112 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL.


Kelvin Young (MS, 2007; Advisor Dr. Stone). EFFECTS OF FOREST DISTURBANCES ON SMALL MAMMAL COMMUNITIES AT BANKHEAD NATIONAL FOREST OF THE CUMBERLAND PLATEAU. Master's Thesis, 49 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama. ​


John Carpenter (MS, May 2007; Advisor Dr. Wang). DISTRIBUTION, RELATIVE ABUNDANCE, AND HABITAT REQUIREMENTS OF CERULEAN WARBLERS (DENDROICA CERULEA) IN NORTHERN ALABAMA. Master’s Thesis, 122 pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama. 


Adrian Lesak (MS, May 2005; Advisor Dr. Wang). Thesis: RESPONSE OF FOREST SONGBIRD COMMUNITIES TO A GRADIENT OF OVERSTORY RETENTION IN NORTHEASTERN ALABAMA. Master’s Thesis,  pages. Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama. 



Publications, Proceedings, and General Technical Reports






Cantrell, Andrew; Yong Wang; and Callie J. Schweitzer. 2011. New County Records from Grundy County, Tennessee on the Mid-Cumberland Plateau in Southern Tennessee, USA. Herpetological Review 42(3):403-404.

 

Carpenter, John; Yong Wang; Callie J. Schweitzer. 2011. Avian Community Associations and Microhabitat Associations of Cerulean Warblers (Dendroica cerulea) in Alabama. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 123(2): 206-217.


Carpenter, John.; Eric Soehren; Adrian A. Lesak; Yong Wang; and Callie J. Schweitzer. 2005. Status of the Cerulean Warbler (Dendroica Cerulea) in northern Alabama, 1999-2004. Alabama Birdlife. Vol. 51, No. 1: 1-11.


Clark, Stacy L.; Callie J. Schweitzer; S.E. Schlarbaum; Luben D. Dimov; and F.V. Hebard. 2010. Nursery quality and first-year response of American chestnut (Castanea dentata) seedlings planted in southeastern United States. Tree Planters’ Notes Vol. 53(2):13-21.


Chen, Xiongwen, and Yong Wang. 2007. Emergent spatial pattern of herpetofauna in Alabama, USA. Acta Herpetologica 2(2):97-115. ISSN: 1827-9643 (online)​ (SP I, SP III)


Dimov, Luben D.; Jim C. Chambers; and Brian Roy Lockhart. 2005. Spatial continuity of tree attributes in bottomland hardwood forests in the southeastern United States. Forest Science 51(6):532-540. (SP I)


Dimov, Luben D.; Jim C. Chambers; and Brian Roy Lockhart. 2008. Five-year radial growth of red oaks in mixed bottomland hardwood stands. Forest Ecology and Management 255(2008):2790-2800.


Dimov, Luben D.; and Callie J. Schweitzer. 2006. "Walk in the Woods." The Southeastern Forester 25:10. (SP I)


Felix, Zachary I.; L.J. Gatens; Yong Wang; and Callie J. Schweitzer. 2009. First Records of the Smoky Shrew (Sorex fumeus) in Alabama and Notes on Their Natural History. Southeastern Naturalist 8(4):750-753.


Felix, Zachary; Yong Wang; and Callie J. Schweitzer. 2010. Effects of Experimental Canopy Manipulation on Amphibian Egg Deposition. Journal of Wildlife Management. 74(3):496-503.


Felix, Zachary; Yong Wang; and Callie J. Schweitzer2010. Abundance and population structure of eastern worm snakes in forest stands with various levels of overstory tree retention. In: Stanturf, J.A., ed. 2010. Proceedings of the 14th Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference. 2007, Feb 26-Mar 1. Athens, GA. Gen. Tech Rep. SRS-121. Asheville, NC. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. pp. 481-485.


Lemke, Dawn; Callie J. Schweitzer; Irenus A. Tazisong; Yong Wang; and Jennifer A. Brown. 2012. Invasion of a mined landscape: what habitat characteristics are influencing the occurrence of invasive plants? International Journal of Mining, Reclamation, and Environment 27(4):275-293. 

DOI: 10.1080/17480930.2012.699215​ (SP I, SP II, SP III)


Li, Jianqiang; Songtao Lin; Yong Wang; and Zhengwang Zhang. 2009. Nest-dismantling behavior of the hair-crested drongo in central China: an adaptive behavior for increasing fitness? The Condor 111(1):197-201. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/cond.2009.080051 (SP I)


Schweitzer, Callie J.; and Daniel C. Dey. 2011. Forest Structure, Composition, and Tree Diversity Response to a Gradient of Regeneration Harvests in the mid-Cumberland Plateau Escarpment Region, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 262:1729-1741


Schweitzer, Callie J.; Stacy Clark; Glen Gaines; Paul Finke; Kurt Gottschalk; and David Loftis. 2007. Integrating land and resource management plans and applied large-scale research on two national forests. In: Deal, Robert L., tech. ed. 2008. Integrated Restoration of Forest Ecosystems to Achieve Multiresource Benefits: Proceedings of the 2007 National Silviculture Workshop. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-733. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. Pp. 127-134. (SP I)


Schweitzer, Callie J.; K. Gottschalk; J. Stringer; Stacy Clark; and D. Loftis. 2011. Using Silviculture to Sustain Upland Oak Forests Under Stress on the Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky. In: Fei, S. and others, eds. 2011. Proceedings, 17th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; 2010 April 5-8; Lexington, KY. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-78. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 467-489. CD-ROM


Schweitzer, Callie J.; and Yong Wang. 2013. Overstory tree status following thinning and burning treatments in mixed pine-hardwood stands on the William B. Bankhead National Forest, Alabama. In: Guldin, James M., ed. 2013. Proceedings of the 15th Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference. e-Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-GTR-175. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. Pp. 57-63. (SP I)


Stephens, J.; Luben D. Dimov;; Callie J. Schweitzer; and Wubishet Tadesse. 2008. Using Lidar and Color Infrared Imagery to Successfully Measure Stand Characteristics on the William B. Bankhead National Forest, Alabama. In: Jacobs, Douglass F.; Michler, Charles H., eds. 2008. Proceedings, 16th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; 2008 April 8-9; West Lafayette, IN. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-24. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 366-373.


Sutton, William B.; Yong Wang; and Callie J. Schweitzer. 2010. Habitat relationships of reptiles in pine beetle disturbed forests of Alabama, U.S.A. with guidelines for a modified drift fence sampling method. Current Zoology 56(4):411-420. (SP I)


Sutton, William B.; Yong Wang; and Callie J. Schweitzer. 2013. Amphibian and reptile responses to thinning and prescribed burning in mixed pine-hardwood forests of northwestern Alabama, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 295:213-227. (SP I)​


Sutton, William B.; Yong Wang; Callie J. Schweitzer; and David A. Steen. 2014. Lizard microhabitat and microclimate relationships iin southeastern pine-hardwood forests managed with prescribed burning and thinning. Forest Science 60(1):000-000. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5849/forsci.11-076​


Qi, Yin; Zachary Felix; Qiang Dai; Yong Wang; Yong Yang; Bo Wang; and Yue-Zhao Wang. 2007. Post-breeding movements, home range, and microhabitat use of plateau brown frogs Rana kukunoris in Zoige Alpine Wetland.​ Acta Zoologica Sinica 6:974-981. (SP I)


Wang, Yong; Shanta Parajuli; Dawn Lemke; Wubishet Tadesse; Xiongwen Chen; Callie J. Schweitzer; and Glendon Smalley. 2006. Forest land classification using isoclustering procedure: an exploratory analysis. In: Prisley, S.; P. Bettinger; I-K. Hung; and J. Kushla, eds. 2006. Proceedings of the 5th Southern Forestry and Natural Resources GIS Conference, June 12-14, 2006, Asheville, NC. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, Athens, GA. (SP I, SP III)


Wang, Yong; Callie J. Schweitzer; and Adrian A. Lesak. 2006. Response of avian bark foragers and cavity nesters to regeneration treatments in the oak-hickory forest of northern Alabama. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-92. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Station, Southern Research Station. Pp. 17-20. (SP I)


Zak, Joel C.; Luben D. Dimov; Callie J. Schweitzer; and Stacy L. Clark. 2010. Relations between herbaceous layer, stand, and site variables in the Bankhead National Forest, Alabama.​ In: Stanturf, J.A., ed. 2010. Proceedings of the 14th Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference. 2007, Feb 26-Mar 1. Athens, GA. Gen. Tech Rep. SRS-121. Asheville, NC. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. pp. 95-99.​




This is a Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology, funded through the National Science Foundatio​n​  (grant #  1036600).   ​​

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