Brenda McComb



Forest structure and composition is modified at stand and landscape scales by natural disturbances and management activities. I study the impacts of these types of natural and human-caused disturbances on vertebrates at stand and landscape scales. Silvicultural and landscape plans can be developed to recover habitat for forest species lost by past management decisions, and should be based on available science, analyzed within an interdisciplinary framework that considers ecological functions, economic realities, and a broad range of social acceptabilities.  I enjoy working within this interdisciplinary framework to ensure that the results of our work are grounded in reality, while also allowing me to learn from experts in other disciplines. Graduate students with whom I have worked have explored a wide range of topics across multiple disciplines, but all of whom had conservation of biodiversity as the practical underpinning to their work.

Selected publications

Kline, J.D., M.E. Harmon, T.A. Spies, A.T. Morzillo, R.J. Pabst, B.C. McComb, F. Schnekenburger, K.A. Olsen, B. Csuti, and J.C. Vogeler (2016) Evaluating carbon storage, timber harvest, and potential habitat possibilities for a western Cascades (US) forest landscape. Ecological Applications 26: 2044-2059.

McComb, B.C. (2015) Wildlife Habitat Management: Concepts and Applications in Forestry, Second Edition. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 401 pp.

McComb, B.C., B. Zuckerberg, D.G. Vesely, and C. A. Jordan (2010) Monitoring Animal Populations and Their Habitats: A Practitioner’s Guide. 277 pp.

Duncan, S.L., B.C. McComb and K. N. Johnson (2010) Integrating ecological and social ranges of variability in conservation of biodiversity: past, present, and future. Ecology and Society 15: 5 [online]

McComb, B. C., T. A. Spies, and K. A. Olsen (2007) Sustaining biodiversity in the Oregon Coast Range: potential effects of forest policies in a multi-ownership province. Ecology and Society 12: 29 [online]

Spies, T.A., K. N. Johnson, K. M. Burnett, J. L. Ohmann, B. C. McComb, G. H. Reeves, P. Bettinger, D. J. Miller, J. D. Kline, and B. Garber-Yonts (2007) Cumulative ecological and socioeconomic effects of forest policies in Coastal Oregon. Ecological Applications 17: 5-17.

Note: Due to a name change, publications prior to 2003 are listed as W. C. McComb

Flather, C. H., K. R. Wilson, D. J. Dean, and W. C. McComb (1997) Identifying gaps in conservation networks: of indicators and uncertainty in geographic‐based analyses. Ecological Applications 7: 531-542.

McGarigal, K. and W. C. McComb (1995) Relationships between landscape structure and breeding birds in the Oregon Coast Range. Ecological Monographs 65: 235-260.