Pabst, Rob

Senior Faculty Research Assistant

Office Location: 
307 FSL
Email Address: 

Forest Ecology

Educational Background: 
  • B.S., 1978, University of Minnesota
  • M.S., 1982, University of Minnesota
Research Interests: 

forest succession, plant community ecology, riparian forests, restoration ecology.

Current/Recent Programs: 
  • Ecological charactersitics and dynamics of late-successional forests
  • Long-term dynamics of riparian forests
  • Forest understory response to gap formation
  • Post-fire forest ecology
  • Simulation modeling of forest succession and stand dynamics
Selected Publications: 
  1. Harmon, M.E. and R.J. Pabst. 2015. Testing predictions of forest succession using long-term measurements: 100 years of observations in the Oregon Cascades. Journal of Vegetation Science (online, DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12273)
  2. Stephenson, N.L. et al. 2014. Rate of tree carbon accumulation increases continuously with tree size. Nature 1476-4687.
  3. Pabst, R.J., Goslin, M.N., Garman, S.L. and Spies, T.A. 2008. Calibrating and testing a gap model for simulating forest management in the Oregon Coast Range. Forest Ecology and Management 256: 958–972.
  4. Sarr, D., Puettmann, K., Pabst, R., Cornett, M. and Arguello, L. 2004. Restoration ecology: new perspectives and opportunities for forestry. Journal of Forestry 102(5): 20-24.
  5. Pabst, R.J. and Spies, T.A. 2001. Ten years of plant succession on a debris-flow deposit in Oregon. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 37(6):1693-1708.
  6. Pabst, R.J. and Spies, T.A. 1999. Structure and composition of unmanaged riparian forests in the coastal mountains of Oregon, U.S.A. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 29:1557-1573.
  7. Pabst, R.J. and Spies, T.A. 1998. Distribution of herbs and shrubs in relation to landform and canopy cover in riparian forests of coastal Oregon. Canadian Journal of Botany 76:298-315.
  8. Pabst, R.J., Tappeiner, J.C.,II, and Newton, M. 1990. Varying densities of Pacific madrone in a young stand in Oregon alter soil water-potential, plant moisture stress, and growth of Douglas-fir. Forest Ecology and Management 37:267-283.