Sarah Bisbing

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Assistant Professor

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

Office: (775) 784-4020
Building: Max Fleischmann Agriculture,  Office 218a
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B.S. University of Montana, 2005
M.S. University of Montana, 2008
Ph.D. Colorado State University, 2013


My primary areas of specialization are forest ecology and silviculture, and my research evaluates forest compositional and structural responses to silvicultural treatment, interacting disturbances, and ongoing climate change. I am particularly interested in how species’ adaptations shape the forest community, stand dynamics, and associated ecosystem services. My research program is designed to support scientifically based management and conservation that increases the sustainability and resiliency of forest ecosystems. I focus my work around fundamental gaps in ecological knowledge that are critical to understanding the consequences of changing climate and altered disturbance regimes on western forests. I use observational, experimental, and long-term studies to address these knowledge gaps. Projects are currently underway on a gradient of landscape scales, from a local study of salvage logging impacts on conifer regeneration to a range-wide study of coast redwood resilience to compound disturbances. Many of these projects include a permanent plot network that will facilitate long-term monitoring of forest ecosystem change over time. We work closely with local land managers and researchers to identify the gaps in knowledge necessary for management and conservation of forest ecosystems.Research is driven by the need for an understanding of the role that species’ adaptations and novel disturbances play in determining establishment and success of ecologically and economically important conifers. 



Outstanding New Teacher, California Polytechnic State University, 2016-2017


Bisbing, S.M. and D.V. D'Amore 2018, Nitrogen dynamics vary across hydrologic gradients and by forest community composition in the perhumid coastal temperate rainforest of southeast Alaska, Canadian Journal of Forest Research 48(2): 180-191.
Buma, B, S. Bisbing, J. Krapek, and G. Wright 2017, A foundation of ecology re-discovered: 100 years of succession on 100 William S. Cooper plots in Glacier Bay, Alaska., Ecology. 98(6): 1513-1523
Bidlack, A. S. Bisbing, B. Buma, D. D’Amore, P. Hennon, J. Krapek, R. Mulvey, and L. Oakes. 2017, Alternative interpretation and scale-based context for No evidence of recent (1995-2013) decrease in yellow-cedar in Alaska (Barrett and Pattison 2016)., Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 47(8): 1145-1151
Matecny, I., J. Medvecka, E. Uhercikova, P. Pisut, S. Kubalova, M. Valachovic, I. Hodalova, P. Mered’a Jr., S.M. Bisbing, and M. Petrasova. 2017, Effect of the Gabcikovo waterworks (Slovakia) on riparian floodplain forest ecosystems the Danube inland delta: vegetation dynamics and trends., Biologia. 72 (7): 722-734
Mulvey, R. and S. Bisbing. 2016, Complex interactions among agents affect shore pine health in southeast Alaska., Northwest Science 90 (2): 176 – 194.
Bisbing, S.M., D.J. Cooper, D.V. D’Amore, and K.M. Marshall. 2015, Determinants of conifer species distributions across peatland to forest gradients in the coastal temperate rainforest of southeast Alaska., Ecohydrology. doi: 10.1002/eco.1640
Budzakova, M., I. Hodalova, P. Mered’a Jr., L. Somlyay, S.M. Bisbing, and J. Sibik 2014, Karyological, morphological, and ecological differentiation of Sesleria caerula and Sesleria tatrae (Poaceae) in the Western Carpathians and adjacent regions, Preslia 86: 245 - 277
Bothwell, H., S. Bisbing, L. Crawford, N. Therkildsen, N. Alvarez, R. Holderegger, and S. Manel. 2013, Identifying genetic signatures of selection in a non-model species: a case study of the alpine gentian (Gentiana nivalis L.), Conservation Genetics 14 (2): 476-481
Bisbing, S.M., P.B. Alaback, and T.H. DeLuca 2010, Carbon storage of old-growth and second growth fire-dependent western larch (Larix occidentalis Nutt.) forests of the Inland Northwest, USA., Forest Ecology and Management 259 (5): 1041-1049.
Brousil, M.* and S. Bisbing 2017, Influence of fire history on coast redwood regeneration and stand structure., In Kane J. et al. Proceedings of the Coast Redwood Science Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-XXX. In Press.