Don studies the ecological effects of managing for resilience to wildfire in eastern Washington. His first dissertation chapter is focused on long term (15-19 year) fuel dynamics in an experimental fuels treatment site near Leavenworth, Washington. For his second chapter, he is developing a chronosequence of fuels accumulation with time since fuels treatment and wildfire. Later research will focus on how fuels treatment impacts stand structure and wildlife.
Radcliffe, Don C., Matthews, Stephen N., Hix, David M. (2020). Beyond oak regeneration: modelling mesophytic sapling density drivers along topographic, edaphic, and stand-structural gradients in mature oak-dominated forests of Appalachian Ohio. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 50:1215–122. Link