Fasth, Becky

Position Type: 
Job Title: 
Senior Faculty Research Assistant
Forest Ecosystems & Society
Office Location: 

201L Richardson Hall

Phone Number: 
(541) 737-8431
Fax Number: 
(541) 737-1393
B.S. Forestry, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (1991)
A.S. Science, Parkland Community College, Champaign, IL (1989)
Research Interests: 
  • Data Management
  • Decomposition Processes
  • Forest Ecology
  • Forest Measurements
  • Forest Modeling
  • Forest Plant Ecology
  • Global Change Biology
  • Statistics
A professional research assistant with over 20 years of experience in assisting and overseeing projects from proposal submission to final peer reviewed manuscript. Becky has extensive knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest and specializes in field data collection, managing large data sets, analyzing data, and preparing results for publication. She is experienced in creating budgets for grants and tracking expenses. As a strong, capable, mature supervisor to more than 40 employees over the years, she has nurtured the next generation of research scientists.
Selected Publications: 
  1. Harmon, M. E., B. Fasth, C. B. Halpern, and J. A. Lutz. 2015. Uncertainty analysis: and evaluation metric for synthesis science. Ecosphere 6(4):63.
  2. Harmon, M. E., B. Fasth, C. W. Woodall, and J. Sexton. 2013. Carbon concentration of standing and downed woody detritus: Effects of tree taxa, decay class, position, and tissue type. Forest Ecology and Management 291:259-267.
  3. Fasth, B. G., M. E. Harmon, J. Sexton, and P. White. 2011. Decomposition of fine woody debris in a deciduous forest in North Carolina. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 138(2):192-206.
  4. Harmon, M. E., W. L. Silver, B. Fasth, et al. 2009. Long-term patterns of mass loss during the decomposition of leaf and fine root litter: and intersite comparison. Global Change Biology 15:1320-1338.
  5. Parton, W. W.L. Silver, I.C. Burke, L. Grassens, M.E. Harmon, W.S. Currie, J.Y. King, E.C. Adair, L.A. Brandt, S.C. Hart, and B. Fasth. 2007. Global-Scale Similarities in Nitrogen Release Patterns During Long-Term Decomposition. Science 315(5810):361-364.
  6. Janisch, J.E. M.E. Harmon, H. Chen, B. Fasth, and J. Sexton. 2005. Decomposition of coarse woody debris originating by clearcutting of an old-growth conifer forest. Ecoscience 12(2):151-160.
  7. Chen, H. M.E. Harmon, J. Sexton, and B. Fasth. 2002. Fine-root decomposition and N dynamics in coniferous forests of the Pacific Northwest, U.S.A. Can. J. For. Res. 32:320-331.