Peter Weisberg


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Peter Weisberg, PhD

Professor

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science
University of Nevada/Mail Stop 186
1664 North Virginia Street
Reno,  Nevada   89557

Office: (775) 784-7573
Email: pweisberg@cabnr.unr.edu
Building: Max Fleischmann Agriculture,  Office 220C
Personal Web: http://www.cabnr.unr.edu/weisberg/
 
 
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EDUCATION
B.S., 1992, SUNY College of Env. Science and Forestry (Forest Biology)
M.S., 1994, University of Wyoming (Biogeography)
PhD, 1998 Oregon State University (Forest Ecology)

ACADEMIC & RESEARCH INTEREST

I am interested in the causes and consequences of landscape change, including natural disturbances, effects of anthropogenic land use, ungulate-landscape interactions, and invasive species. My research often considers past landscape change as a guide to understanding present and future condition, and integrates field studies, GIS, remote sensing and simulation modeling. Ongoing research projects within my lab group address disturbance ecology, woodland expansion, post-fire succession, and ecological restoration in Great Basin pinyon-juniper woodlands; fire history and ecology of mountain big sagebrush communities; fire ecology of the Sierra Nevada (Lake Tahoe Basin); and the ecology of tamarisk invasions along the Colorado River in Grand Canyon.

REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS

Journals
Redmond, M. D., Weisberg, P. J., Cobb, N. S., Gehring, C. A., Whipple, A. V., Whitham, T. G. 2016, A robust method to determine historical annual cone production among slow-growing conifers., Forest Ecology and Management View item.
Inman, R., Esque, T., Nussear, K., Matocq, M., Leitner, P., Weisberg, P., Dilts, T. 2016, Impacts of climate change and renewable energy development on habitat of an endemic squirrel Xerospermophilus mohavensis in the Mojave Desert, USA., Biological Conservation, 200, 112-121
Dilts, T., Weisberg, P., Leitner, P., Matocq, M., Inman, R., Nussear, K., Esque, T. 2016, Multi-scale connectivity and graph theory highlight critical areas for conservation under climate change., Ecological Applications, 26, 1223-1237
Merriam, K. E., Gosejohan, M. C., Weisberg, P. J., Bovee, K. M. 2016, Rangeland Ecology and Management, 69, 185 - 194., Livestock use has mixed effects on slender orcutt grass in northeastern California vernal pools. View item.
Condon, L., Weisberg, P. J. 2016, Topographic context of the burn edge influences postfire recruitment of arid land shrubs., Rangeland Ecology and Management, 69(2), 129-133 View item.
Yang, J., Weisberg, P. J., Shinneman, D. J., Dilts, T., Earnst, S. L., Scheller, R. M. (2015). 2015, Fire modulates climate change response of simulated aspen distribution across topoclimatic gradients in a semi-arid montane landscape., Landscape Ecology, 30(6), 1055 - 1073.
Dilts, T., Weisberg, P. J., Dencker, C. M., Chambers, J. C. 2015, Functionally relevant climate variables for arid lands: using climatic water deficit modeling to predict distribution of desert shrub vegetation., Journal of Biogeography, 42(10), 1986 - 1997.
Engelhardt, B. M., Chambers, J. C., Weisberg, P. J. 2015, Geomorphic predictors of riparian vegetation in small mountain watersheds., Journal of Plant Ecology, 8, 593 - 604.
Yang, J., Weisberg, P. J., Dilts, T., Loudermilk, L., Scheller, R., Stanton, A., Skinner, C. 2015, Predicting wildfire occurrence distribution with spatial point process models and its uncertainty assessment: a case study in the Lake Tahoe Basin, USA., International Journal of Wildland Fire, 24, 380 - 390.
Garbarino, M., Weisberg, P. J., Bagnara, L., Urbinati, C. 2015, Sex-related spatial segregation along environmental gradients in the dioecious conifer, Taxus baccata., Forest Ecology and Management, 358, 122 - 129.
Becker, M. E., Weisberg, P. J. 2015, Synergistic effects of spring temperatures and land cover on nest survival of urban birds., Condor, 117, 18 - 30.
Bristow, N. A., Weisberg, P. J., Tausch, R. J. 2014, A 40-year record of tree establishment following chaining and prescribed fire in pinyon-juniper woodlands., Rangeland Ecology and Management, 67, 389-396.
Wright, G., Woodward, C., Peri, L., Weisberg, P., Gustin, M. S. 2014, Application of tree rings [dendrochemistry] for detecting historical trends in air Hg concentrations across multiple scales, Biogeochemistry120:149-12
Weisberg, P. J., Dilts, T., Becker, M. E., Young, J. S., Wong-Kone, D. C., Newton, W. E., Ammon, E. C. 2014, Guild-specific responses of avian species richness to LiDAR-derived habitat heterogeneity., Acta Oecologica, 59, 72-83.
Nelson, Z. J., Weisberg, P. J., Kitchen, S. G. 2014, Influence of climate and environment on post-fire recovery of mountain big sagebrush., International Journal of Wildland Fire, 23, 131-142.
Berger, J. Z., Weisberg, P. J., Cablk, M., Osem, Y. 2014, Spatial patterns provide support for the stress-gradient hypothesis over a range-wide aridity gradient., Journal of Arid Environments, 102, 27-33.
Fan, Y., Weisberg, P. J., Nowak, R. S. 2014, Spatio-temporal analysis of remotely-sensed forest mortality associated with road de-icing salts., Science of the Total Environment, 472, 929-938.
Karam, S. L., Weisberg, P. J., Scheller, R. M., Johnson, D. W., and W. Miller. 2013, Development and evaluation of a nutrient cycling extension for the LANDIS-II landscape simulation model., Ecological Modelling, 250: 45-57. View item.
Weisberg, P.J., Mortenson, S.G., and T.E. Dilts. 2013, Gallery Forest or Herbaceous Wetland? The Need for Multi-Target Perspectives in Riparian Restoration Planning., Restoration Ecology, 21(1): 12-16. View item.
Dilts, T.E., Yang, J., Weisberg, P.J., Olson, T.J., Turner, P.L., and Condon, L.A. 2012, Direct and indirect effects of irrigated agriculture on land cover change in an arid lands watershed., Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 102(3): 531-548. View item.
Weisberg, P.J., and D.W. Ko. 2012, Old tree morphology in singleleaf pinyon pine (Pinus monophylla)., Forest Ecology and Management, 263: 67-73. View item.
Mortenson, S.G., Weisberg, P.J. and L.E. Stevens. 2012, The influence of floods and precipitation on Tamarix establishment in Grand Canyon, Arizona: consequences for flow regime restoration., Biological Invasions, 14(5): 1061-1076. View item.
Condon, L. A., Weisberg, P. J., Chambers, J. C. 2011, Abiotic and biotic influences on Bromus tectorum invasion and Artemisia, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 20, 597-604 View item.
Trammell, E. Jamie, Weisberg, P. J., Bassett, S. 2011, Avian response to urbanization in the arid riparian context of Reno, USA, Landscape and Urban Planning, 102(2), 93-101 View item.
Ko, D. W., Sparrow, A. D., Weisberg, P. J. 2011, Land-use legacy of historical tree harvesting for charcoal production in a semi-arid woodland, Forest Ecology and Management, 261(7), 1283-1292
Sunderman, S. O., Weisberg, P. J. 2011, Remote sensing approaches for reconstructing fire perimeters and burn severity mosaics in desert spring ecosystems, Remote Sensing of Environment, 115(9), 2384-2389 View item.
Mortenson, S. J., Weisberg, P. J. 2010, Does river regulation increase dominance of woody species in riparian landscapes?, Global Ecology & Biogeography, 19, 562-574. View item.
Pautasso, M., Böhning-Gaese, K., Clergeau, P., Cueto, V. R., Dinetti, M., Fernández-Juricic, E., Kaisanlahti-Jokimäki, M.-L., Jokimäki, J., McKinney, M. L., Sodhi, N. S., Storch, D., Tomialojc, L., Weisberg, P. J., Woinarski, J., Fuller, R. A., Cantarello, E. 2010, Global macroecology of bird assemblages in urbanized and semi-natural ecosystems, Global Ecology and Biogeography, no. doi: 10.1111/j.1466-8238.2010.00616.x View item.
Hartman, J., Weisberg, P. J., Pillai, R., Ericksen, J., Kuiken, T., Lindberg, S., Zhang, H., Rytuba, J., Gustin, M. S. 2009, Application of a rule-based model to estimate mercury exchange for three background biomes in the continental United States., Environmental Science and Technology, 43, 4989 - 4994.
Ko, D., Bristow, N., Greenwood, D. L., Weisberg, P. J. 2009, Canopy cover estimation in semi-arid woodlands: comparison of field-based and remote sensing methods.., Forest Science, 55, 132 - 141.
Bauer, J. M., Weisberg, P. J. 2009, Fire history of a central Nevada pinyon-juniper woodland.., Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 39, 1589 - 1599.
Greenwood, D. L., Weisberg, P. J. 2009, GIS-based modeling of pinyon-juniper woodland structure in the Great Basin.., Forest Science, 55, 1 - 12.
Weisberg, P. J. 2009, Historical fire frequency on contrasting slope facets along the McKenzie River, western Oregon Cascades.., Western North American Naturalist, 69, 206 - 214.
Poage, N. J., Weisberg, P. J., Tappeiner, J. C., Impara, P. C., Sensenig, T. S. 2009, Influence of climate, fire, and topography on contemporary age structures of Douglas-fir at 205 old forest sites in Western Oregon: A study in variability., Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 39, 1518 - 1530.
Garbarino, M., Weisberg, P. J., Motta, R. 2009, Natural and anthropogenic disturbances: interactions and effects on the structure of European larch forests.., Forest Ecology and Management, 257, 1794 - 1802.
Weisberg, P. J., Ko, D., Py, C., Bauer, J. 2008, Modeling fire and landform influences on the distribution of old-growth pinyon-juniper woodland., Landscape Ecology, 23, 931-943.
Bulletin/Reports
Mortenson, S. G., Weisberg, P. J. 2009, Plant community response to tamarisk invasion and hydrologic regime in the Cataract Canyon, Canyonlands National Park., Canyonlands National Park.
Weisberg, P. J., Dilts, T. 2008, Monitoring vegetation of desert springs: a literature review, Death Valley National Park, USDI National Park Service.(pp. 36 p.)
Professional Papers
Weisberg, P. J., Sunderman, S. O., Karam, S. L. 2010, Fire Patterns and Fire Effects on the Plant Community, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge., Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
Bristow, N., Tausch, R., Weisberg, P. J. 2010, Long-term Vegetation Response to Chaining and Prescribed Fire in Eastern Nevada Pinyon-Juniper Woodlands., Bureau of Land Management.
Fact Sheets
Van Gunst, K. J., Weisberg, P. J., Yang, J., Fan, Y. 2016, Do denser forests have greater risk of tree mortality: A remote sensing analysis of density-dependent forest mortality., Forest Ecology and Management, 359, 19-32.