Meg Krawchuk

DEPT. OF forest ecosystems & society


My research and teaching focuses on landscape and fire ecology, pyrogeography, and conservation science. I work at scales from local to global, addressing the drivers and effects of ecological disturbances with a primary interest in wildfire. Recent investigations include: i) structure, function, and location of fire refugia within burn mosaics of western North American forest ecosystems, ii) ecological implications of overlapping short-interval disturbances such as insect outbreaks, forest harvest, and wildfire, iii) spatially varying constraints over modern patterns of burning, iv) theory and tools necessary for science-based conservation planning in boreal forest ecosystems of Canada and the United States. We’ve just begun a project studying the effects of the invasive grassVentenata dubia on fire regimes and ecology of Oregon’s Blue Mountain Ecoregion. My research group integrates field and computing studies with expertise shared among undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate researchers. All of my work is anchored through effective collaborations and motivated by the enjoyment of science.  

Selected publications

Ton, M., and Krawchuk, M.A. 2016. The effects of disturbance history on ground-layer plant community composition in British Columbia. Forests 7(5) 109 doi:10.3390/f7050109

Boer, M.M., Bowman, D.M.J.S., Murphy, B.P., Cary, G.J., Cochrane, M.A., Fensham, R.J., Krawchuk, M.A., Price, O.F., Resco De Dios, V., Williams, R.J., Bradstock, R.A. 2016. Future changes in climatic water balance determine potential for transformational shifts in Australian fire regimes. Environmental Research Letters 11 065002

Krawchuk, M.A., Moritz, M.A. 2014. Burning issues: statistical analyses of global fire to inform assessments of environmental change. Environmetrics 25:472-481.

Moritz, M.A., Parisien, M-A., Batllori, E., Krawchuk, M.A., Van Dorn, J., Ganz, D., and Hayhoe, K. 2012. Climate change and disruption in global fire activity. Ecosphere 3:art49.

Leroux, S.J., Krawchuk, M.A., Schmiegelow, F.K.A., Cumming, S.G., Lisgo, K., Anderson, L., and Petkova, M. 2010. Global protected areas and IUCN designations: does the category match the condition? Biological Conservation 143:609-616.

Bowman, D.M.J.S., Balch, J.K., Artaxo, P., Bond, W.J., Carlson, J.M., Cochrane, M.A., D’Antonio, C.M., DeFries, R.S., Doyle, J.C., Harrison, S.P., Johnston, F.H., Keeley, J.E., Krawchuk, M.A., Kull, C.A., Marston, J.B., Moritz, M.A., Prentice, I.C., Roos, C.I., Scott, A.C., Swetnam, T.W., van der Werf, G.R., and Pyne, S.J. 2009. Fire in the Earth System. Science 324:481-484.

Gillies, C., Hebblewhite, M., Nielsen, S., Krawchuk, M.A., Aldridge, C., Frair, J., Saher, J., Stevens, C., and Jerde, C. 2006. Application of mixed models to the study of resource selection by animals. Journal of Animal Ecology 75:837-1044.