Laura Leites

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Associate Research Professor, Ecosystem Science and Management

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Quantification, modeling and mapping of forest ecosystem attributes and processes. Modeling forest ecosystem responses to climatic change. Development of decision support tools for adaptive forest management and conservation.

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Recent Publications

Ecological genetics of Juglans nigra: Differences in early growth patterns of natural populations

Onofrio, L., Hawley, G. & Leites, L. P., Jun 2021, In: Ecology and Evolution. 11, 12, p. 7399-7410 12 p.

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Ecological analysis of intraspecific variability of eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) under climate change by combining provenance and demographic data

Prasad, A. & Leites, L., 2021, (Accepted/In press) In: Landscape Ecology.

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Uncertainty in the modelled mortality of two tree species (Fraxinus) under novel climatic regimes

Steiner, K. C., Graboski, L. E., Berkebile, J. L., Fei, S. & Leites, L. P., Aug 2021, In: Diversity and Distributions. 27, 8, p. 1449-1461 13 p.

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Patchy landscapes support more plant diversity and ecosystem services than wood grasslands in Mediterranean silvopastoral agroforestry systems

Bagella, S., Caria, M. C., Seddaiu, G., Leites, L. & Roggero, P. P., Nov 2020, In: Agricultural Systems. 185, 102945.

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The importance of land-use legacies for modeling present-day species distributions

Chen, X. & Leites, L., Dec 2020, In: Landscape Ecology. 35, 12, p. 2759-2775 17 p.

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New Seed-Collection Zones for the Eastern United States: The Eastern Seed Zone Forum

Pike, C., Potter, K. M., Berrang, P., Crane, B., Baggs, J., Leites, L. & Luther, T., Jul 1 2020, In: Journal of Forestry. 118, 4, p. 444-451 8 p.

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Adaptation to climate in five eastern North America broadleaf deciduous species: Growth clines and evidence of the growth-cold tolerance trade-off

Leites, L. P., Rehfeldt, G. E. & Steiner, K. C., Apr 2019, In: Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics. 37, p. 64-72 9 p.

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Modeling and simulation of tree spatial patterns in an oak-hickory forest with a modular, hierarchical spatial point process framework

Lister, A. J. & Leites, L. P., Jun 24 2018, In: Ecological Modelling. 378, p. 37-45 9 p.

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Role of population genetics in guiding ecological responses to climate

Rehfeldt, G. E., Leites, L. P., Joyce, D. G. & Weiskittel, A. R., Feb 1 2018, In: Global Change Biology. 24, 2, p. 858-868 11 p.

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Insights on the use of decision-support tools to sustain forest ecosystems from a case study in Pennsylvania, USA

Rittenhouse, J., Leites, L., Derham, K. & Miller, S., Jun 29 2018, In: Journal of Forestry. 116, 4, p. 391-395 5 p.

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