Quantitative Silviculture Laboratory

The Quantitative Silviculture Laboratory develops projects to improve silviculture and forest management. This is done through the development of quantitative tools, publications, short courses and college courses.

Courses

Short Courses

  • Forest Stand Dynamics Arranged Winters

Research Projects

The following is a listing of projects completed or near completition.

  • Glenn Seamon (PDF format thesis 8mb), 1995, Development of a silvicultural database management system.
  • Mark Davison, 1995, The Sylvan Display Program. (Completed in the Computer Science department on a forestry topic).
  • Monte Metzger. 1997. Evaluation of reproduction under variable overstory density.
  • Laura Herbeck (PDF Format 700kb), 1998, Ecological interactions of plethodontid salamanders and vegetation in Missouri Ozark Forests.
  • Kenneth Colbert (PDF Format 500Kb), 1998, Height-diameter equations and mortality rates for thirteen Midwest bottomland hardwood species.
  • Jenny Grabner, 2002, Development of a physiographic ecological classification system for the Current River basin of Missouri.
  • Neal Sullivan, 2001, Models of Oak masting a the tree, stand and landscape scales.
  • Mevin Hooten, 2001, Modeling the distribution of ground flora on large spatial domains in the Missouri Ozarks.
  • Chad Larson 2005, Modelling forest transition pathways for decision making in private forestry.
  • Jim Lootens, 2005, Evaluation of the mortality and growth predictions from the Forest Vegetion Simulator.
  • Miaoer Lu, 2006, Simulating Cottonwood Tree Growth In Flood Plains Using The Lignum Modeling Method.
  • Ian Scott, 2006, Sylview, A visualization system for Forest Management.
  • Jason Green, 2008, Overstory density and its effect on oak regeneration abundance and oak understory height growth in the Missouri Ozark highlands.
  • Jacqueline Schneiderman, 2008, Analysis Of Landscape Characteristics Surrounding Deer Vehicle Accidents In St. Louis County, Missouri.
  • Hector Gonzalez R., 2008, Modeling wood quality and carbon in Gmelina and Caribbean Pine.
  • Elizabeth Blizzard, Pine-Oak mixed stand Management.
  • Chaowalit Thamsonglar "Prite" Sylvan Area Potentially Avaliable program.
  • Josh Stevens Site quality factors affecting Acer saccharum, Quercus rubra and Quercus alba abundance and height growth rates in young even-aged stands located in central Missouri.
  • Eric McDavid Sylvan program.
  • Lance Vickers Regeneration Modeling.
  • Charles Keating Missouri Biomass Equations.
  • Guerric Good Regerenation Outcomes from Group openings in the Missouri Ozarks.

Post Doctorial Projects

  • John Kabrick, 1997, Analysis of the Riparian Ecosystem and Management Project.
  • Robert Chastain, 2005, Vegetation mapping of the Ozark Current River Riverway.
  • Zhoufei Fan, 2007, Analysis of the Yellow Wood and Hosier National Forest With LANDIS. Cavity tree and course woody debris estimation.
  • Maheshkumar Kolekar 2008, Restructure of Sylvan programs.

Other Research Projects

  • Derek Martin, 1999, Determining land-use effects on the endangered Topeka shiner (Notropis topeka). (PDF 1.5 mb)
  • Adam Saunders, Bark thickness equations, tree taper equations and tree mapping.
  • Eric Yarnell, Pioneer Forest cutting history, and Missouri Ozark logging history.
  • Eric McDavid, Sylvan debugging and testing, XML interface, SVG website, Erlang prototyping, Sylvan3, Input Wizard, and Datalogger.

Undergraduate Research Projects


Software

Web sites


Selected Publications

2014

Kabrick, J. M., J. L. Villwock, D. C. Dey, T. L. Keyser, D. R. Larsen. 2014. Modeling and Mapping advanced reproduction density using soil and site variables. Forest Science 60(6):1107-1117.

Kabrick, J. M., B. O. Knapp, D. C. Dey, D. R. Larsen. 2014. Competitive dynamics of shortleaf pine underplanting in hardwood forests for restortion. New Forests

Vickers, L. A., D. R. Larsen, B. Knapp, J. M. Kabrick, D. C. Dey. 2014. The Impact of Overstory Density on Sapling Height Growth in the Missouri Ozarks - Implications for Interspecific Differentiation during Canopy Recruitment. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 44:1320-1330.

Goerndt, M. E., D. R. Larsen, C. D. Keating. 2014. Evaluation of aboveground biomass weight and merchantable biomass weight for four hardwood species in Missouri. In the proceedings of the Central Hardwood Conference March 10-12, 2014, Carbondale Illinois, USDA Forest Service GTR-NXX.

Knapp, B., M. Olson, D. R. Larsen, J. A. Kabrick, R. A. Jensen. 2014. Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project: A Long-Term, Landscape-Scale, Collaborative Forest Management Research Project. Journal of Forestry 112(5):513-524.

2013

Wang, W. J., H. S. He, M. A. Spetich, S. R. Shifley, F. R. Thompson III, D. R. Larsen, J. S. Fraser, and J. Yang. 2013. A large-scale forest landscape model incorporating multi-scale processes and utilizing forest inventory data. Ecosphere 4(9):106. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES13-00040.1013.

Blizzard, E. M. J. A. Kabrick, D. C. Dey, D. R. Larsen, S. G . Pallardy, D. P. Gwaze. 2013. Light, canopy closure, and overstory retention in upland Ozark forests. 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. 73-79.

2012

Oliver, C. D., K. Covey, A. Hohl, D. Larsen, J. B. McCarter, A. Niccolai, and J. Wilson. 2012. Chapter 3 Landscape Management. (In J. Stantruf et al. (eds.) Forest Landscape Restortion: Integrating Natural and Social Sciences World Forests 15, DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-5326-6_3, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

Athanasios, M. C., C. K. Wikle, and D. R. Larsen 2012. Random Set Modeling of three-dimensional objects in a hierarchical Bayesian context. Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation 84(1):107-123.

2011

Oswalt, C. M., Clatterbuck, W. K., and Larsen, D. R. 2011. A technique for predicting clear-wood production in hardwood stems: A model for evaluating hardwood plantation development and management. In: Fei, Songlin; Lhotka, John M.; Stringer, Jeffrey W.; Gottschalk, Kurt W.; Miller, Gary W., eds. Proceedings, 17th central hardwood forest conference; 2010 April 5-7; Lexington, KY; Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-78. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 33-40.

Lu M, Nygren P, Perttunen J, Pallardy SG & Larsen DR. 2011. Application of the functional-structural tree model LIGNUM to growth simulation of short-rotation eastern cottonwood. Silva Fennica 45:431-474.

2010

Larsen, D. R. Dan C. Dey and T Faust 2010. A Stocking Diagram for Midwestern Eastern Cottonwood-Silver Maple-American Sycamore Bottomland Forests. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry 27(4)132-139.

Larsen, D. R. and I. R. Scott 2010. The Sylview graphical interface to the Sylvan Stand Structure Model with examples from southern bottomland hardwood forests In the proceeding of the 14th Biennial Southern Silviculture Research Conference, February 27-28, 2007, University of Georgia, Athens Georgia, USDA Forest Service , Southern Research Station, GTR-121, 431-436p.

2009
Millspaugh, J. J., R. A, Gitzen, D. R. Larsen, M. A. Larson, and F. A. Thompson, III. 2009. General principles for developing models for wildlife conservation, (Chapter 1 p. 1-33), in Models for planning wildlife conservation in large landscapes, Joshua J. Millspaugh and Frank R. Thompson, III editors, Elsevier Burlington, MA, San Diego, CA and London. ISBN 978-0-12-373631-4

Larsen, D. R. and I. R. Scott. 2009. Developments to the Sylvan stand structure model to describe wood quality changes in southern bottomland hardwood forests because of forest management, Forest Growth and Timber Quality, 7-10 August 2007 in Portland, Oregon, USA

2008
Chastain, R., M. Struckhoff, H. S. He, D. R. Larsen 2008. Mapping vegetation communities using statistical data fusion in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri, USA Photogrametric Engineering and Remote Sensing 74(2):246-264.

Bu, R., H. S. He, Y. Hu., Y. Chang, D. R. Larsen 2008. Using LANDIS model to evaluate forest harvesting and planting strategies under the warming climate in Northeastern China Forest Ecology and Management 254(3):406-419.

Oswalt, C. M. and D.. R. Larsen. 2008. Integrating a wood quality component with the Sylvan Stand Structure Model for comparing cherrybark oak plantation management scenarios, In: Lockhart, Brian Roy; Gardiner, Emile S.; Dey, Daniel C., eds. Tenth workshop on seedling physiology and growth problems in oak plantings; 2007 October 16-17; Jackson, MS. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-32. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 7.

2007
Lootens, J. R., D. R. Larsen, S. R. Shifley. 2007. Height-Diameter Equations for 12 Upland Species in the Missouri Ozark Highlands. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry 24(2) 149-152.

Larsen, D. R. 2007. Use of very high resolution digital oblique photography in the development of 3-dimensional models for tree measurements: Application to mapped forest plots. In Proceedings of the 21st Biennial Workshop on Aerial Photogrpahy, Videography, and High resolution Digital Imagery for resource Assessment, May 15-17, 2007, Terre Haute, Indiana.

2006

Oswalt, C. M., W. K. Clatterbuck, D. R. Larsen. 2006. Technique for predicting clear wood production in hardwood stems: A model for evaluating hardwood plantation development and management. Annual FIA Symposium. USFA Forest Service GTR WO 79

Ko, D. W, H. S. He, D. Larsen. 2006. Simulating forest land ownership fragmentation in the Missouri Ozarks, USA. Landscape Ecology. 21:671-686.

Larsen, D. R. 2006. Development of a photographic method of measuring tree taper outside bark. In the proceedings of the 13th Biennial Southern Silviculture Research Conference. General Technical Report SRS-92 Ashville, NC; US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station, p. 347-350.

Larsen, D. R. 2006. Use of very high resolution digital oblique photography in the development of 3-dimensional models for tree measurements: Examples from ground based and aerial based platforms. Proceedings of the 20th Biennial Workshop on Color Photography, Videography and Airborne Imaging for Resource Assessment. American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (published by ASPRS on CD).

2005

Treiman T., J. Dwyer, D. Larsen. 2005. Long-term economic simulation: Even-aged and uneven-aged examples from the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project (MOFEP). Northern Journal of Applied Forestry. 22(1):42-47.

Fan, Z., S. R. Shifley, M. A. Spetich, F. R. Thompson, D. R. Larsen. 2005. Abundance and size distribution of Cavity trees in second-growth and Old-growth Central Hardwood Forests. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry 22(3):162-169.

2004

Xu, C., H. S. He, Y. Hu, Y. Chang, D. R. Larsen, X. Li, and R. Bu. 2004. Assessing the effects of cell-level uncertainity on forest landscape model simulations in northeastern China. Landsacpe Ecology 180(1):57-72.

Fan, Z., S. S. Lee, S. R. Shifley, F. R. Thompson and D. R. Larsen. 2004. Simulating the effects of landscape size and age structure on cavity tree density using resampling technique. Forest Science 50(5):603-609

Fan, Z., F. R. Thompson, S. R. Shifley, M. A. Spetich, and D. R. Larsen. 2004. Change in cavity tree and snag density under varying rotation ages and proportions of old growth forest. Journal of Forestry (in Press)

Larsen, D. R. and P. L. Speckman 2004. Multivariate regression trees for analysis of abundance data. Biometrics 60:543-549

Fan, Z., S. R. Shifley, F. R. Thompson and D. R. Larsen. 2004. Simulated cavity tree dynamics under alternative timber havest regimes. Forest Ecology and Management 193 (2004) 399-412.

Peck J. E., J. Grabner, D. Ladd, D. R. Larsen.. 2004. Microbabitat affinities of Missouri Ozarks lichens. Bryologist. 107(1):47-61.

2003

Hooten, M. B., D. R. Larsen and C. K. Wikle. 2003. Predicting the spatial distribution of ground flora on large domains using a hierarchical Bayesian model. Landscape Ecology 18:487-502.

Fan, Z., D. R. Larsen, S. R. Shifley and F. R. Thompson. 2003. Estimating cavity tree abundance by stand age and basal area, Missouri, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 179(2003):231-242.

Fan, Z., S. R. Shifley, M. A. Spetich, F. R. Thompson, D. R. Larsen. 2003. Distribution of cavity trees in Midwestern Old-Growth Forests. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 33(8):1481-1494.

2002
Colbert, K. C., D. R. Larsen, and J. R. Lootens. 2002. Height-diameter equations for thirteen Midwestern bottomland hardwood species. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry. 19(4):171-176.

Larsen, D. R. 2002. Spreadsheet stocking diagrams for Central Hardwoods. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry. 19(2):93-94.

Moser, W. K., S. M. Jackson, V. Podrazsky, and D. R. Larsen. 2002. Examination of stand structure on quail plantations in the Red Hills region of Georgia and Florida managed by the Stoddard-Neal system: an example for forest managers. Forestry 75(4):443-449.

He, H. S., D. R. Larsen, and D. J. Mladenoff. 2002. Exploring component based approaches in forest landscape modeling. Environmental Modeling and Software. 17(6):519-529.

He, H. S., Z. Hao, D. R. Larsen, L. Dai, and Y. M Hu. 2002. A Case study of landscape scale forest sucession in Northern China. Ecological Modelling 156(2-3):153-166.

2001

F. de Liocourt De l'amenagement des sapini'eres. Bulletin trimestriel, Société forestière de Franche-Comtè et Belfort, juillet 1898, pp. 396-409
English translation Nygren, M., P. Nygren and D. R. Larsen. 2001. On the amelioration of fir forests. (Revised: February 27, 2002 )
2000

Shifley, S. R., F. R. Thompson III, D. R. Larsen, and W. D. Dijak 2000. Modeling forest landscapes change in the Missouri Ozarks under alternative management practices Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 27(2000):7-24.

Guyette, R. and D. Larsen. 2000. A history of anthropogenic and natural disturbances in the area of the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project. In: Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project: site history, soils, landforms, woody and herbaceous vegetation, down wood and inventory methods for the landscape experiment. S. Shifley and B. Brookshire eds. USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station. General Technical Report. NC-208 p 19-40.

Shifley, S. R., L. M. Roovers, R. G. Jensen and D. R. Larsen. 2000. Composition and structure of woody forest vegetation in the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project. In: Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project: site history, soils, landforms, woody and herbaceous vegetation, down wood and inventory methods for the landscape experiment. S. Shifley and B. Brookshire eds. USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station. General Technical Report. NC-208. p 71-106.

Shifley, S. R., F. R. Thompson III, D. R. Larsen, D. J. Mladenoff and E. J. Gustafson. 2000. Utilizing inventory to calibrate a landscape simulation model. In: Integrating tools for natural resource inventories in the 21st century, proceedings of IUFRO conference. M. Hansen and T. Burk eds. USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station. General Technical Report NC-212. p 549-561.

1999
Young, F. L., R. D. Hammer, D. R. Larsen. 1999. Frequency and distribution of soil properties on a loess-mantled Missouri watershed. Soil Science Society of America Journal 63(1):178-185.

Larsen, D. R. 1999. Girard form class trends from the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project. Missouri Department of Conservation. Jefferson City, Missouri. Management Report 4. 4 p.

Larsen, D. R., E. F. Loewenstein and P. S. Johnson. 1999. Sustaining recruitment of oak reproduction in uneven-aged stands in the Ozark Highlands. General Technical Report NC-203, USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station, St. Paul, MN 11 p.

Herbeck, L. A. and D. R. Larsen. 1999. Plethodontid salamander response to silvicultural practices in Missouri Ozark forests Conservation Biology 13(3):623-632.

1998
Larsen, D. R. and P. S. Johnson. 1998. Linking the ecology of natural oak regeneration to silviculture. Forest Ecology and Management. 106(1998):1-7.

Larsen, D. R. and L. C. Bliss. 1998. An analysis of structure of tree seedling populations on a Lahar. Landscape Ecology 13:307-322.

1997

Larsen, D. R., M. A. Metzger and P. S. Johnson. 1997. Oak regeneration and overstory density in the Missouri Ozarks. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 27:869-875.

Larsen, D. R., S. R. Shifley, F. R. Thompson III, B. L. Brookshire, D. C. Dey and E. Kurzejeski, and K. England. 1997. Ten Guidelines for ecosystem researchers: Lessons from Missouri. Journal of Forestry 95(4):4-9.

Dwyer, J. P., D. Wallace and D. R. Larsen. 1997. Implications of woody river corridors in levee protection along the Missouri River. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 33(2) 481:489.

Larsen, D. R. and R. Cecich. 1997. Model of white oak flower survival and maturation. In: 11th Central Hardwoods Conference. (S. Pallardy, R. Cecich and P. S. Johnson eds.) USDA Forest Service GTR NC-188, pp. 262-268.

Shifley, S. R., B. L. Brookshire, D. R. Larsen and L. A. Herbeck. 1997. Snags and down wood in Missouri old-growth and mature second-growth forests. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry 14(4):165-172.


Last Updated: December 19, 2013