The Science Advisory Panel provides support to Task Force leadership and work groups for action plan priorities, science-based decision making, including translating scientific findings related to agency programs, and identifying research gaps to inform future forest health projects.



Below are a series of briefs intended to communicate three different California ecosystems’ general physical appearance and summarize processes to keep them intact.

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Prioritizing Forest Health Investments: a science-based framework for identifying priorities for forest health investments



2019 Tree Mortality Work Group: Could We Have Avoided Forest Mortality?

Could we have avoided forest mortality? In response to a request from the 2019 Tree Mortality Working Group, the Panel offered expert opionion on whether recent tree mortality events in California were avoidable (June 2019)

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LiDAR: What Can It Measure and How Can it Be Used?

A summary of applications for and recommendations regarding LiDAR (March 2020)

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Partnering Organizations

Work Group Facilitator

Adam Moreno, California Air Resources Board: Landscape Ecology and climate science

Becky Estes, US Forest Service Region 5: Vegetation and fire ecology

Beth Rose Middleton, UC Davis: Social science, environmental justice, Native American Studies

Christy Brigham, National Park Service: Vegetation and public land management

Chris Fettig, US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station: Ecological stressors and disturbances

Chris Keithley, CAL FIRE FRAP: Forestry and vegetation management

Francisco Escobedo, US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station: Urban and community forestry, ecosystem services

Irene Vasquez, National Park Service, Southern Sierra Miwuk and Paiute: Ecological restoration

John Battles, UC Berkeley: Forest ecosystems

Juliann Aukema, US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station: Landscape ecology and conservation biology

Lara Kuppers, UC Berkeley: Climate-ecosystem interactions

Lenya Quinn-Davidson, UC Cooperative Extension – Fire Advisor: Fire ecology and management

Malcolm North, US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station: Forest ecosystems

Natalie van Doorn, US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station: Urban and community forestry, forest ecosystems

Nic Enstice, California Department of Conservation: Forest ecosystems

Nicole Molinari, US Forest Service Region 5: Vegetation ecology and chaparral ecosystems

Ramona Butz, US Forest Service Region 5: Vegetation and fire ecology

Ryan Tompkins, UC Cooperative Extension: Forest and vegetation management

Safeeq Kahn, UC Cooperative Extension & UC Merced: Forest hydrology

Sarah Bisbing, University of Nevada, Reno: Forest silviculture and conservation

Scott Stephens, UC Berkeley: Fire science

Steven Ostoja, USDA CA Climate Hub: Climate adaptation science

Tirtha Banerjee, UC Irvine: Atmospheric science and wildfire modeling

Yana Valachovic, UC Cooperative Extension – Forest Advisor: Forestry and vegetation management

Jin Yufang, UC Davis: Remote sensing and spatial informatics

Jennifer Barton Smith, USDA Climate Hub

Work Group Leads

John Battles, UC Berkeley

Steve Ostoja, USDA Climate Hub