Melissa BoydResearch Assistant
Boyd conducts research on ecosystem resilience and vulnerability to disturbance in high latitude ecosystems. Her work is strongly focused on the effects of climate and insect outbreaks on tree productivity and understanding the impacts of fuel reduction treatments on ecosystem structure and fire behavior in boreal forests. She is experienced in dendrochronological techniques and linking field data to remote sensing measurements.
Boyd M.A., Berner L.T., Foster A.C., Goetz S.J., Rogers B.M., Walker X.J., Mack M.C. (Accepted). Historic declines in growth portend trembling aspen death during a contemporary leaf miner outbreak in Alaska. Ecosphere.
Boyd M.A., Berner L.T., Doak P., Goetz S.J., Rogers B.M., Wagner D., Walker X.J., Mack M.C. (2019). Impacts of climate and insect herbivory on productivity and physiology of trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides) in Alaskan boreal forests. Environmental Research Letters. 14(8), 085010. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/ab215f
Walker X.J., Alexander H.D., Berner L.T., Boyd M.A., Loranty M.M., Natali S.M., and Mack M.C. (2021). Positive response of tree productivity to warming is reversed by increased tree density at the Arctic tundra-taiga ecotone. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. doi: 10.1139/cjfr-2020-0466
Mack M.C., Boyd M.A., Celis G., Johnstone J.F., Schuur E.A.G. (2019). Identifying Indicators of State Change in Alaskan Boreal Ecosystems: Testing Previous Hypotheses and Conclusions with Long-term Data. SERDP Project RC-2754. Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, Alexandria, VA.