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 grass Ventenata 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

Influence of fire refugia spatial pattern on post-fire forest recovery in Oregon’s Blue Mountains.William M. Downing, Meg A. Krawchuk, Garrett W. Meigs, Sandra L. Haire, Jonathan D. Coop, Ryan B. Walker, Ellen Whitman, Geneva Chong, Carol Miller. 2019. Landscape Ecology.

Fire refugia: what are they and why do they matter for global change? Meddens, A., Kolden, C., Lutz, J., Smith, A., Cansler, C., Abatzoglou, J., Meigs, G., Downing, W., and Krawchuk, M.A. 2018. BioScience 11.

Composition and structure of forest fire refugia: what are the ecosystem legacies across burned landscapes. Meigs, G., and Krawchuk, M.A. 2018. Forests 2018, 9(5), 243.

Wildfires managed for restoration enhance ecological resilience. Barros, A., Ager, A., Day, M., Krawchuk, M.A., and Spies, T.A. 2018. Ecosphere 9:3 

Adapt to more wildfire in western North American forests as climate changes. Schoennagel, T., Balch, J.K., Brenkert-Smith, H., Dennison, P.E., Harvey, B.J., Krawchuk, M., Mietkiewicz, N., Morgan, P., Moritz, M.A., Rasker, R., Turner, M.G., Whitlock, C. 2017. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114:4582-4590

Spatially varying constraints of human-caused fire occurrence in British Columbia, Canada. Camp, P., and Krawchuk, M.A. 2017. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 26:219-229

Topographic and fire weather controls of fire refugia in forested ecosystems of northwestern North America. Krawchuk, M.A., Haire, S., Coop, J.C., Parisien, M-A., Whitman, E., Chong, G., Miller, C. 2016. Ecosphere 7(12) e01632

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

Future changes in climatic water balance determine potential for transformational shifts in Australian fire regimes. 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. Environmental Research Letters 11 065002

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

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

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

Fire in the Earth System. 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. Science 324:481-484.

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