Publications (* Humboldt student or alum)

In review

* Lalemand, L.B., P.J. van Mantgem, R.L. Sherriff, J. Teraoka. In review. Tree growth and drought resistance following restoration thinning at Redwood National Park, California.

Sherriff, R.L., * J. Beckmann, L.P. Kerhoulas, J.M. Kane.  In review. Oak versus conifer: competition, climate and drought effects in northern California. Proceedings of the eighth California Oak Symposium: Sustaining oak woodlands under current and future conditions. USDA GTR PSW-GTR-XXX.

Kerhoulas, L.P., * G.S. Goff, N.J. Kerhoulas, * J.J. Beckmann, J.M. Kane, R.L. Sherriff. In review. Conifer encroachment and removal in a northern California oak woodland: influences on ecosystem physiology and biodiversity. Proceedings of the eighth California Oak Symposium: Sustaining oak woodlands under current and future conditions. USDA GTR PSW-GTR-XXX.


* Robinson, W., L.P. Kerhoulas, R.L. Sherriff, * G. Roletti, P.J. van Mantgem. 2023. Drought survival strategies differ between coastal and montane conifers of northern California. Ecosphere 14:e4480, DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.4480


Sherriff, R.L., M.J. Kauffmann, J.M. Garwood. 2022. Climate of the Klamath Mountains. Chapter 5 in The Klamath Mountains: A Natural History. Backcountry Press. Humboldt County, CA.

Margolis et al. (85 authors). The North American tree-ring fire-scar network. Ecosphere 13:e4159, DOI:10.1002/ecs2.4159

* Wenderott, Z., P.J. van Mantgem, M.C. Wright, C.A. Farris, R.L. Sherriff. 2022. Long-term effects of prescribed fire on forest structure, competition, and tree growth in mixed conifer forests at Lassen Volcanic National Park, California. Forest Ecology and Management 517: 120260.


* Beckmann, J.J., R.L. Sherriff, L.P. Kerhoulas, J.M. Kane. 2021. Douglas-fir encroachment reduces drought-resistance in Oregon white oak of northern California. Forest Ecology and Management 498:

Loehman, R.A., M.M. Friggens, R.L. Sherriff, A.R. Keyser, and K.L. Riley. 2021. Impacts of climate changes and amplified natural disturbances on global ecosystems. Ch 9 in The Handbook of Landscape Ecology. Eds. R.A. Francis, J.D.A. Millington, G.L.W. Perry, and E.S. Minor.


Baughman, C.A., R.A. Loehman, D.R. Magness, L.B. Saperstein, and R.L. Sherriff. 2020. Four decades of land cover change on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska: Detecting disturbance-influenced vegetation shifts using Landsat legacy data. Land 9:

van Mantgem, P.J., L.P. Kerhoulas, R.L. Sherriff, and Z.J. Wenderott. 2020. Tree-ring evidence of forest management moderating drought responses: Implications for dry, coniferous forests in the southwestern U.S. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change

McLauchlan et al. (42 authors). 2020. Fire as a fundamental ecological process: research advances and frontiers. Journal of Ecology.


Derrick, M. and R. Sherriff. 2019. Editors. The California Geographer, Volume 58.


Harley, G.L., C.H. Baisan, P.M. Brown, D.A. Falk, W.T. Flatley, H.D. Grissino-Mayer, A. Hessl, E.K. Heyerdahl, M.W. Kaye, C.W. Lafon, E.Q. Margolis, R.S. Maxwell, A.T. Naito, W.J. Platt, M.T. Rother, T. Saladyga, R.L. Sherriff, L.A. Stachowiak, M.C. Stambaugh, E. Kennedy Sutherland, A.H. Taylor. 2018. Advancing dendrochronological studies of fire in the United States. Fire 1(1), 11; doi:10.3390/fire1010011 

Morris J., S. Cottrell, C. Fettig, R.J. DeRose, K. Mattor, V. Carter, J. Clear, J. Clement, W. Hansen, J. Hicke, P. Higuera, A. Seddon, H. Seppä, R. Sherriff, J. Stednick, S. Seybold. 2018. Bark beetle impacts on social-ecological systems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 16 (S1): S34-S43, doi: 10.1002/fee.1754.

* Schriver, M., R. L. Sherriff, J. M. Varner, L. Quinn-Davidson, and Y. Valachovic. 2018. Age and stand structure of oak woodlands along a gradient of conifer encroachment in northwestern California. Ecosphere 9(10): e02446.10.1002/ecs2.2446.

* Vernon, M., R.L. Sherriff, P. van Mantgem, J. Kane. 2018. Thinning, tree-growth, and resistance to multi-year drought in a mixed-conifer forest of northern California. Forest Ecology and Management

Wright, M., R. L. Sherriff, A. E. Miller, and T. Wilson. 2018. Stand basal area and temperature interact to influence growth in white spruce in southwest Alaska. Ecosphere 9(10) :e02462. 10.1002/ecs2.2462.

Derrick, M. and R. Sherriff. 2018. Editors. The California Geographer, Volume 57.


Daniels, L.D., L.L.Y. Kent, R.L. Sherriff, E.K. Heyerdahl. 2017. Deciphering the complexity of historical fire regimes: diversity among forests of western North America. In: Amoroso M., L. Daniels, P. Baker, J. Camarero (eds) Dendroecology: Tree-ring Analyses Applied to Ecological Studies (Analysis and Synthesis), vol. 231. Springer, Cham.

Derrick, M., R. Sherriff (Editors). 2017. California Geographer 56. 

* Grabinski-Parker, Z.S., R.L. Sherriff, J.M. Kane. 2017. Controls on reburn severity vary with fire interval in the Klamath Mountains, California, USA. Ecosphere 8(11): e0201210.1002/ecs2.2012

Miller, A.E., T.L. Wilson, R.L. Sherriff, J. Walton. 2017. Warming drives a front of white spruce recruitment near western treeline, Alaska. Global Change Biology 23: 5509-5522.

* Slack, A.W., J.M. Kane, E.E. Knapp, R.L. Sherriff. 2017. Contrasting impacts of climate and competition on sugar pine growth and defense in a fire-excluded forest of the central Sierra Nevada. Forests 8(7), 244; doi:10.3390/f8070244.

Sherriff R.L., A.E. Miller, * K. Muth, * M. Schriver, * R. Batzel. 2017. Recent tree-growth responses to warming vary by geographic region and ecosystem type within the boreal forest-tundra transition zone in Alaska. Journal of Biogeography 44: 1457 - 1468.

Morris J., S. Cottrell, C. Fettig, W. Hansen, R. Sherriff, V. Carter, J. Clear, J. Clement, R. DeRose, P. Higuera, K. Mattor, A. Seddon, H. Seppa, J. Stednick, S. Seybold. 2017. Managing bark beetle impacts on ecosystems and society: Priority questions to motivage future research. Journal of Applied Ecology 54: 750 - 760.


Csank A.Z., A.E. Miller, R.L. Sherriff, E.E. Berg, J.M. Welker. 2016. Tree-ring isotope (δ13C & δ18O) chronologies reveal environmental sensitivity of trees killed during insect outbreaks in south-central Alaska. Ecological Applications 26: 2001 - 2020.

Hutto R.L., R.E. Keane, R.L. Sherriff, C.T. Rota, L.A. Eby, V.A. Saab. 2016. Toward a more ecologically informed view of forest fires. Ecosphere 7(2):e01255. 10.1002/ecs2.1255.


* Schriver M., R.L. Sherriff2015. Establishment patterns of Oregon white oak and California black oak woodlands in northwestern California. Proceedings of the 7thCalifornia Oak Symposium: Managing in a Dynamic WorldGen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-251. Berkeley, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. Pp. 529-539.

Hanson C.T., R.L. Sherriff, R.L. Hutto, D.A. DellaSala, T.T. Veblen, W.L. Baker. 2015. Setting the stage for mixed- and high-severity fire. Chapter 1 in The Ecological Importance of Mixed-severity Fires – Nature’s Pheonix, eds. D.A. DellaSala and C.T. Hanson. Pgs. 3-22. Elsevier, Inc.


Sherriff R.L., R.V. Platt, T.T. Veblen, T.L. Schoennagel, and M.H. Gartner. 2014. Historical, Observed, and Modeled Wildfire Severity in Montane Forests of the Colorado Front Range. PLoS ONE 9(9): e106971. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0106971. Link

Odion D.C.,  C.T. Hanson, A. Arsenault, W.L. Baker, D.A. DellaSala, R. Hutto, W. Klenner, M.A. Moritz, R.L. Sherriff, T.T. Veblen, M.A. Williams. 2014. Examining historical and current mixed-severity fire regimes in drier forests of western North America. PLoS ONE 9(2) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0087852. Link


* Cocking, M.I., J.M. Varner, and R.L. Sherriff. 2012. California black oak responses to fire severity and native conifer encroachment in the Klamath Mountains. Forest Ecology and Management 270: 25-34. Link

Gartner, M.H., T.T. Veblen, R.L. Sherriff, and T.L. Schoennagel. 2012. Proximity to grasslands influences fire frequency and sensitivity to climate variability in Pinus ponderosa forests of the Colorado Front Range. International Journal of Wildland Fire 21: 562-571. Link

Miller, A.E., R.L. Sherriff, and E.E. Berg. 2012. Effect of the Novarupta (1912) eruption on forests of south-central Alaska as inferred from tree-ring records. Alaska Park Science 11: 74-77. Link


Sherriff, R.L., E. E. Berg and A.E. Miller.  2011.  Effects of interannual and multidecadal climate variability on spruce beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis) activity in south-central and southwest Alaska. Ecology 92: 1459-70. Link

Schoennagel, T.L., R.L. Sherriff, and T.T. Veblen. 2011. Fire history and tree recruitment in the upper montane zone of the Colorado Front Range: implications for forest restoration. Ecological Applications 21: 2210-2222. Link

Platt, R.W., T.L. Schoennagel, T.T. Veblen, and R.L. Sherriff. 2011. Modeling wildfire potential in residential parcels: a case study of the Colorado Front Range. Landscape & Urban Planning 102: 117-126. Link


Keith, R.P., T.T. Veblen, T.L. Schoennagel and R.L. Sherriff.  2010. Understory vegetation indicates historic fire regimes in ponderosa pine-dominated ecosystems in the Colorado Front Range. Journal of Vegetation Science 21: 488-499. Link


Sherriff, R.L. and T.T. Veblen. 2008. Variability in fire-climate relationships in ponderosa pine forests of the Colorado Front Range. International Journal of Wildland Fire 17: 50-59. Link

Sherriff, R.L. 2008. Writing journal articles. in Publishing in Geography: A Guide for New Researchers. Eds. A. Blunt and C. Souch. Published by the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers. p. 10-11. Link

Platt, R.W., T.T. Veblen and R.L. Sherriff. 2008. Spatial model of forest management strategies and outcomes in the wildland-urban interface. Natural Hazards Review 9: 199-208. Link


Sherriff, R.L. and T.T. Veblen. 2007A spatially-explicit reconstruction of fire regime types in ponderosa pine forests of the Colorado Front Range. Ecosystems 10: 311-323. Link

Baker, W.L., T.T. Veblen and R.L. Sherriff. 2007. Fire, fuels, and restoration of ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir forests in the Rocky Mountains, USA. Journal of Biogeography 34: 251-269. Link


Sherriff, R.L. and T.T. Veblen. 2006. Ecological effects of changes in fire regimes in Pinus ponderosa ecosystems in the Colorado Front Range. Journal of Vegetation Science 17: 205-218. Link

Platt, R.W., T.T. Veblen and R.L. Sherriff. 2006. Are wildfire mitigation and restoration of historic forest structure compatible? A spatial modeling assessment. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 96: 455-470. Link


Hicke, J.A., R.L. Sherriff, T.T. Veblen and G.P. Asner. 2004. Carbon accumulation in Colorado ponderosa pine stands. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 34: 1283-1295. Link


Romme, W.H., T.T. Veblen, M.R. Kaufmann, R. Sherriff and C.M. Regan. 2003. Ecological Effects of the Hayman Fire Part 1: Historical (Pre-1860) and Current (1860-2002) Fire Regimes. Hayman Fire Case Study Analysis. U.S.D.A. Forest Service, General Technical Report RMRS-GTR-114. Link

Romme, W.H., M.R. Kaufmann, T.T. Veblen, R. Sherriff and C.M. Regan. 2003. Ecological Effects of the Hayman Fire Part 2: Historical (Pre-1860) and Current (1860-2002) Forest and Landscape Structure. Hayman Fire Case Study Analysis. U.S.D.A. Forest Service General Technical Report RMRS-GTR-114. Link


Sherriff, R.L., T.T. Veblen and J.S. Sibold. 2001. Fire history in high elevation subalpine forests in the Colorado Front Range. Écoscience 8(3): 369-380. Link