Dr. Monica G.Turner
Department of Integrative Biology
University of Wisconsin
430 Lincoln Dr.
Madison, WI 53706
Ecosystem and
Landscape Ecology Lab

Daniel Donato paddling on the Rogue RiverDaniel Donato

CV (pdf)


Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2010-

Research Interests

My research examines disturbance responses as a means to refine and advance forest successional theory. I strive to keep my boots muddy as a field biologist, and my studies are therefore heavily empirical and field-based. I am particularly interested in testing ecological theory by forcing it to solve real-world conservation and management issues, most of which are ultimately aimed at directing disturbance or succession in some way. Specific topic areas include:

  • vegetation responses and fuel dynamics following wildfires, insect outbreaks, and volcanic eruptions
  • pattern and process in mixed-severity fire regimes
  • early-successional forest structural development
  • disturbance and land-use impacts on carbon dynamics
  • disturbance interactions - e.g., insects/pathogens and fire

Current Projects

Among other things, I'm the proud flag-bearer for Douglas-fir in the Turner lab.

  • Effects of bark beetle outbreak and post-outbreak management on fuel dynamics in Douglas-fir forests of Greater Yellowstone
  • Long-term vegetation responses to Douglas-fir beetle outbreaks near the lower treeline of Greater Yellowstone
  • Patterns and drivers of tree regeneration in Douglas-fir forests burned by the 1988 Yellowstone Fires
  • Using tree rings and historic photographs to examine Douglas-fir encroachment and fire history in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Selected Publications

Donato, D.C., J.L. Campbell, J.F. Franklin. 2012. Multiple successional pathways and precocity in forest development: Can some forests be born complex? J. Vegetation Science 23: 576-584. (pdf)

Turner, M.G., D.C. Donato, W.H. Romme. 2012. Consequences of spatial heterogeneity for ecosystem services in changing forest landscapes: Priorities for future research. Landscape Ecology in press.

Donato, D.C., J.B. Kauffman, S. Kurnianto, M. Stidham, D. Murdiyarso. 2011. Mangroves among the most carbon-rich forests in the tropics. Nature Geoscience 4: 293-297. (pdf)

Halofsky, J.E., D.C. Donato, D.E. Hibbs, J.L. Campbell, M. Cannon, J.B. Fontaine, J.R. Thompson, R.G. Anthony, B.T. Bormann, L.J. Kayes, B.E. Law, D.L. Peterson, T.A. Spies. 2011. Mixed-severity fire regimes: lessons from the Klamath-Siskiyou Ecoregion. Ecosphere 2(4): 40. (pdf)

Donato, D.C., J.B. Fontaine, W.D. Robinson, J.B. Kauffman, B.E. Law. 2009. Vegetation response to a short interval between high-severity wildfires in a mixed-evergreen forest. J. Ecology 97: 142-154. (pdf)

Donato, D.C., J.B. Fontaine, J.L. Campbell, W.D. Robinson, J.B. Kauffman, B.E. Law. 2009. Conifer regeneration in stand-replacement portions of a large mixed-severity wildfire in the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains. Canadian J. Forest Research 39: 823-838. (pdf)

Campbell, J.L., D.C. Donato, D. Azuma, B.E. Law. 2007. Pyrogenic carbon emissions from a large wildfire in Oregon, USA. J. Geophysical Research 112: G04014. (pdf)

Personal Interests

The real. The now.

Contact Information

Ecosystem & Landscape Ecology Lab
Zoology Department
University of Wisconsin
430 Birge Hall
Madison, WI 53706
Daniel.Donato @ dnr.wa.gov