Office: Copley 128
Courses:BIOL 325 EcologyBIOL 381 Ecology of Humans
Research Interests My research is focused at the intersection of community ecology, disturbance ecology, forest management, and conservation. I investigate the community-level effects of forest disturbances, both natural and anthropogenic, and develop management strategies that balance conservation goals with human needs. As a graduate student, I explored the impacts of two distinct disturbances (wildfire and an emerging disease caused by a non-native pathogen) in California’s coastal conifer forests. As a postdoctoral researcher, I shifted to tropical forest ecology and conservation, and focused on improving scientific understanding of logging effects as well as developing management strategies that maximize biodiversity conservation in timber production forests. At Randolph-Macon, I am thrilled to have returned to the ecosystem in which I grew up: the temperate forests of the eastern United States. My research here, which is just getting off the ground, will involve a variety of field projects that: a) link basic ecological theory to applied forest management, b) enhance understanding of rapidly changing twenty-first century forests, and c) explore the multitude of ways in which humans interact with forest ecosystems.Selected Publications:
Ramage BS, Sheil D, Salim HMW, Fletcher C, Mustafa NZA, Luruthusamay JC, Harrison RD, Butod E, Dzulkiply AD, Kassim AR, and Potts MD. 2013. Pseudoreplication in tropical forests and the resulting effects on biodiversity conservation. Conservation Biology. 27: 364–372.Ramage BS, Marshalek EC, Kitzes J, and Potts MD. 2013. Conserving tropical biodiversity via strategic spatiotemporal harvest planning. Journal of Applied Ecology. 50: 1301–1310.Ramage BS, Kitzes J, Marshalek EC, and Potts MD. 2013. Optimized Floating Refugia: A new strategy for species conservation in production forest landscapes. Biodiversity and Conservation. 22: 791-801. O’Hara KL and Ramage BS. 2013. Silviculture in an uncertain world: Utilizing multiaged management systems to integrate disturbance. Forestry. 86: 401-410. Ramage BS, Forrestel AB, Moritz MA, and O’Hara KL. 2012. Sudden oak death disease progression across two forest types and spatial scales. Journal of Vegetation Science. 23: 151-163. Ramage BS, O’Hara KL, and Forrestel AB. 2011. Forest transformation resulting from an exotic pathogen: Regeneration and tanoak mortality in coast redwood stands affected by sudden oak death. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 41: 763-772. Ramage BS and O'Hara KL. 2010. Sudden oak death-induced tanoak mortality in coast redwood forests: Current and predicted impacts to stand structure. Forests. 1: 114-130. Ramage BS, O'Hara KL, and Caldwell BT. 2010. The role of fire in the competitive dynamics of coast redwood forests. Ecosphere 1: art20.