Alan Taylor

Coordinating Council Member
Affiliate Researcher
Titles and Affiliations
Professor, Geography

Research Summary

I have broad research interests in ecological biogeography and vegetation dynamics, particularly the role of natural and human disturbance and climate variation on forest dynamics. Much of my recent research has focused on identifying the influence of changes and interactions of land-use history and climate on fire disturbance and forest conditions in the western United States. I address theoretical and applied questions in my research and use a wide range of methodological approaches, including tree ring analysis, spatial analysis, statistical modeling, simulation modeling, and historical ecology. I have also conducted research on the dynamics of subalpine bamboo forests with giant pandas in southwest China and on highland bamboo forests in mountain gorilla habitats in the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda. At Penn State, I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Global Ecology and Biogeography, Geographical Ecology, Forest Geography, Landscape Ecology, Vegetation Dynamics, and Invasive Species.

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Recent Publications

Changes in fire behavior caused by fire exclusion and fuel build-up vary with topography in California montane forests, USA

Airey-Lauvaux, C., Pierce, A. D., Skinner, C. N. & Taylor, A. H., Feb 15 2022, In: Journal of Environmental Management. 304, 114255.

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Vegetation type conversion in the US Southwest: frontline observations and management responses

Guiterman, C. H., Gregg, R. M., Marshall, L. A. E., Beckmann, J. J., van Mantgem, P. J., Falk, D. A., Keeley, J. E., Caprio, A. C., Coop, J. D., Fornwalt, P. J., Haffey, C., Hagmann, R. K., Jackson, S. T., Lynch, A. M., Margolis, E. Q., Marks, C., Meyer, M. D., Safford, H., Syphard, A. D., Taylor, A., & 8 othersWilcox, C., Carril, D., Enquist, C. A. F., Huffman, D., Iniguez, J., Molinari, N. A., Restaino, C. & Stevens, J. T., Dec 2022, In: Fire Ecology. 18, 1, 6.

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The North American tree-ring fire-scar network

Margolis, E. Q., Guiterman, C. H., Chavardès, R. D., Coop, J. D., Copes-Gerbitz, K., Dawe, D. A., Falk, D. A., Johnston, J. D., Larson, E., Li, H., Marschall, J. M., Naficy, C. E., Naito, A. T., Parisien, M. A., Parks, S. A., Portier, J., Poulos, H. M., Robertson, K. M., Speer, J. H., Stambaugh, M., & 67 othersSwetnam, T. W., Tepley, A. J., Thapa, I., Allen, C. D., Bergeron, Y., Daniels, L. D., Fulé, P. Z., Gervais, D., Girardin, M. P., Harley, G. L., Harvey, J. E., Hoffman, K. M., Huffman, J. M., Hurteau, M. D., Johnson, L. B., Lafon, C. W., Lopez, M. K., Maxwell, R. S., Meunier, J., North, M., Rother, M. T., Schmidt, M. R., Sherriff, R. L., Stachowiak, L. A., Taylor, A., Taylor, E. J., Trouet, V., Villarreal, M. L., Yocom, L. L., Arabas, K. B., Arizpe, A. H., Arseneault, D., Tarancón, A. A., Baisan, C., Bigio, E., Biondi, F., Cahalan, G. D., Caprio, A., Cerano-Paredes, J., Collins, B. M., Dey, D. C., Drobyshev, I., Farris, C., Fenwick, M. A., Flatley, W., Floyd, M. L., Gedalof, Z., Holz, A., Howard, L. F., Huffman, D. W., Iniguez, J., Kipfmueller, K. F., Kitchen, S. G., Lombardo, K., McKenzie, D., Merschel, A. G., Metlen, K. L., Minor, J., O'Connor, C. D., Platt, L., Platt, W. J., Saladyga, T., Stan, A. B., Stephens, S., Sutheimer, C., Touchan, R. & Weisberg, P. J., Jul 2022, In: Ecosphere. 13, 7, e4159.

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Interpretable machine learning for analysing heterogeneous drivers of geographic events in space-time

Masrur, A., Yu, M., Mitra, P., Peuquet, D. & Taylor, A., 2022, In: International Journal of Geographical Information Science. 36, 4, p. 692-719 28 p.

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Topography, Climate and Fire History Regulate Wildfire Activity in the Alaskan Tundra

Masrur, A., Taylor, A., Harris, L., Barnes, J. & Petrov, A., Mar 2022, In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. 127, 3, e2021JG006608.

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Public and manager perceptions about prescribed fire in the Mid-Atlantic, United States

Wu, H., Miller, Z. D., Wang, R., Zipp, K. Y., Newman, P., Shr, Y. H., Dems, C. L., Taylor, A., Kaye, M. W. & Smithwick, E. A. H., Nov 15 2022, In: Journal of Environmental Management. 322, 116100.

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Precipitation alters the CO2 effect on water-use efficiency of temperate forests

Belmecheri, S., Maxwell, R. S., Taylor, A. H., Davis, K. J., Guerrieri, R., Moore, D. J. P. & Rayback, S. A., Apr 2021, In: Global Change Biology. 27, 8, p. 1560-1571 12 p.

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Prescribed fire alters structure and composition of a mid-Atlantic oak forest up to eight years after burning

Dems, C. L., Taylor, A. H., Smithwick, E. A. H., Kreye, J. K. & Kaye, M. W., Dec 2021, In: Fire Ecology. 17, 1, 10.

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Evidence for widespread changes in the structure, composition, and fire regimes of western North American forests

Hagmann, R. K., Hessburg, P. F., Prichard, S. J., Povak, N. A., Brown, P. M., Fulé, P. Z., Keane, R. E., Knapp, E. E., Lydersen, J. M., Metlen, K. L., Reilly, M. J., Sánchez Meador, A. J., Stephens, S. L., Stevens, J. T., Taylor, A. H., Yocom, L. L., Battaglia, M. A., Churchill, D. J., Daniels, L. D., Falk, D. A., & 10 othersHenson, P., Johnston, J. D., Krawchuk, M. A., Levine, C. R., Meigs, G. W., Merschel, A. G., North, M. P., Safford, H. D., Swetnam, T. W. & Waltz, A. E. M., Dec 2021, In: Ecological Applications. 31, 8, e02431.

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Prescribed fire and fire suppression operations influence wildfire severity under severe weather in Lassen Volcanic National Park, California, USA

Harris, L. B., Drury, S. A., Farris, C. A. & Taylor, A. H., Jul 2021, In: International Journal of Wildland Fire. 30, 7, p. 536-551 16 p.

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Spatial patterns of tree cover change at a dry forest margin are driven by initial conditions, water balance and wildfire

Harris, L. B. & Taylor, A. H., Feb 2021, In: Landscape Ecology. 36, 2, p. 353-371 19 p.

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Strong Legacy Effects of Prior Burn Severity on Forest Resilience to a High-Severity Fire

Harris, L. B., Drury, S. A. & Taylor, A. H., Jun 2021, In: Ecosystems. 24, 4, p. 774-787 14 p.

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Mixed-severity wildfire as a driver of vegetation change in an arizona madrean sky island system, usa

Poulos, H. M., Freiburger, M. R., Barton, A. M. & Taylor, A. H., Dec 2021, In: Fire. 4, 4, 78.

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Controls on spatial patterns of wildfire severity and early post-fire vegetation development in an Arizona Sky Island, USA

Taylor, A. H., Poulos, H. M., Kluber, J., Issacs, R., Pawlikowski, N. & Barton, A. M., Sep 2021, In: Landscape Ecology. 36, 9, p. 2637-2656 20 p.

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Drivers of fire severity shift as landscapes transition to an active fire regime, Klamath Mountains, USA

Taylor, A. H., Harris, L. B. & Drury, S. A., Sep 2021, In: Ecosphere. 12, 9, e03734.

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