Jeffrey A. Hicke

Associate Professor
307C McClure Hall
Department of Geography
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID 83844-3021
jhicke [at]

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My broad interests are to understand the effects of global environmental change on ecosystems and plant and animal species. Humans impact the world around them through modifications of the composition of the atmosphere, changing land cover and land use, pollution of air and water, and invasive species. I study the response of plants and animals to these changes, with an emphasis on climate change impacts and influences on the carbon cycle. I am also interested in patterns, controlling factors, and effects of forest disturbance, particularly insect outbreaks and wildfire. My research incorporates a range of spatial scales, from plot to global, and temporal scales, from daily to century. I utilize a combination of tools including remote sensing, modeling (ecosystem and insect population), and field measurements to investigate these questions.

Current Research



Representative Publications (see CV for full list)

Olsoy, P. J., K. A. Zeller, J. A. Hicke, H. B. Quigley, A. R. Rabinowitz, and D. H. Thornton, Quantifying the effects of deforestation and fragmentation on a range-wide conservation plan for jaguars, Biological Conservation, in press.

Hicke, J. A., J. T. Abatzoglou, S. Daley-Laursen, J. Esler, L. E. Parker, Using scientific conferences to engage the public on climate change, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, in press.

Buotte, P. C., J. A. Hicke, H. K. Preisler, J. T. Abatzoglou, K. F. Raffa, and J. A. Logan, Climate influences on whitebark pine mortality from mountain pine beetle in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Ecological Applications, in press.

Hicke, J. A., A. J. H. Meddens, and C. A. Kolden, Recent tree mortality in the western United States from bark beetles and forest fires, Forest Science, 62, 141-153, 2016.

Buotte, P., D. L Peterson, K. S. McKelvey, and J. A. Hicke, Capturing subregional variability in regional-scale climate change vulnerability assessments of natural resources, Journal of Environmental Management, 169, 313-318, 2016.

Anderegg, W. R. L., J. A. Hicke, R. A. Fisher, C. D. Allen, J. Aukema, B. Bentz, S. Hood, J. W. Lichstein, A. K. Macalady, N. McDowell, Y. Pan, K. Raffa, A. Sala, J. D. Shaw, N. L. Stephenson, C. Tague, and M. Zeppel, Tree mortality from drought, insects, and their interactions in a changing climate, New Phytologist, 208, 674-683, 2015.

Meddens, A. J. H., J. A. Hicke, A. K. Macalady, P. C. Buotte, T. R. Cowles, and C. D. Allen, Patterns and causes of observed pinyon pine mortality in the southwestern United States, Tansley Insight in New Phytologist, 206, 91-97, 2014.

Meddens, A. J. H. and J. A. Hicke, Spatial and temporal patterns of Landsat-based detection of tree mortality caused by a mountain pine beetle outbreak in Colorado, USA, Forest Ecology and Management, 322, 78-88, 2014.

Creeden, E. P., J. A. Hicke, and P. C. Buotte, Climate, weather, and recent mountain pine beetle outbreaks in the western United States, Forest Ecology and Management, 312, 239-251, 2014.

Weed, A. S., M. P. Ayres, and J. A. Hicke, Consequences of climate change for biotic disturbances in North American forests, Ecological Monographs, 84, 441-470, 2013.

Hicke, J. A., A. J. H. Meddens, C. D. Allen, and C. A. Kolden, Carbon stocks of trees killed by bark beetles and wildfire in the western United States, Environmental Research Letters, 8, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/3/035032, 2013.

Preisler, H. K., J. A. Hicke, A. A. Ager, and J. L. Hayes, Climate and weather influences on spatiotemporal patterns of mountain pine beetle outbreaks in Washington and Oregon, Ecology, 93, 2421-2434, 2012.

Meddens, A. J. H., J. A. Hicke, and C. Ferguson, A gridded forest bark beetle disturbance data set for western US and British Columbia derived from aerial survey databases, Ecological Applications, 22, 1876-1891, 2012.

Edburg, S. L., J.A. Hicke, P. Brooks, E. Pendall, B. Ewers, U. Norton, and D. Gochis, Cascading ecosystem impacts of bark beetle-caused tree mortality, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 10, 416-424, 2012.

Bright, B. C., J. A. Hicke, and A. T. Hudak, Estimating aboveground carbon stocks of a forest affected by mountain pine beetle in Idaho using lidar and multispectral imagery, Remote Sensing of Environment, 124, 270-281, 2012.

Hicke, J. A., M. C. Johnson, J. L. Hayes, and H. K. Preisler, Effects of bark beetle-caused tree mortality on wildfire, Forest Ecology and Management, 271, 81-90, 2012.

Hicke, J. A., C. D. Allen, A. Desai, M. Dietze, R. J. Hall, E. T. Hogg, D. Kashian, D. Moore, K. Raffa, R. Sturrock, and J. Vogelmann, Effects of biotic disturbances on forest carbon cycling in the United States and Canada, Global Change Biology, 18, 7-34, 2012.

Pfeifer, E. M., J. A. Hicke, and A. J. H. Meddens, Observations and modeling of aboveground tree carbon stocks and fluxes following a bark beetle outbreak in the western United States, Global Change Biology, 7, 339-350, 2011.

Bentz, B. J., J. Regniere, C. J. Fettig, E. M. Hansen, J. L. Hayes, J. A. Hicke, R. G. Kelsey, J. Lundquist, J. F. Negron, R. Progar, S. J. Seybold, and J. Vandygriff, Climate change and bark beetles of the western US: Direct and indirect effects, BioScience, 60, 602-613, 2010.

Littell, J. S., E. E. Oneil, D. McKenzie, J. A. Hicke, J. Lutz, and R. A. Norheim, Forest ecosystems, disturbance, and climatic change in Washington State, USA, Climatic Change, 102, 129-158, 2010.

Hicke, J. A., and J. A. Logan, Mapping whitebark pine mortality caused by a mountain pine beetle outbreak with high spatial resolution satellite imagery, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 30, 4427-4441, 2009.

Raffa, K. F., B. H. Aukema, B. J. Bentz, A. L. Carroll, J. A. Hicke, M. G. Turner, and W. H. Romme, Cross-scale drivers of natural disturbances prone to anthropogenic amplification: The dynamics of bark beetle eruptions, BioScience, 58, 501-517, 2008.

Hicke, J. A., R. L. Sherriff, T. T. Veblen, and G. P. Asner, Carbon accumulation in Colorado ponderosa pine stands estimated with dendrochronology, Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 34, 1283-1295, 2004a.

Hicke, J. A., G. P. Asner, E. S. Kasischke, N. H. F. French, J. T. Randerson, B. J. Stocks, C. J. Tucker, S. O. Los, and C. B. Field, Postfire response of North American net primary productivity analyzed with satellite observations, Global Change Biology, 9, 1145-1157, 2003.

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