Dave Peterson

Dr. Dave Peterson

dave petersonDr. Dave Peterson is a Senior Research Biologist with the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station in Seattle, where he directs the Adaptation Partners team, working on climate change assessments and adaptation in national forests throughout the western United States. He is also Professor in the University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, where he co-directs the Fire and Mountain Ecology Laboratory. He has conducted research on the effects of climate change and fire on forest ecosystems throughout western North America, has published over 200 scientific articles and three books, and as a contributing author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He recently completed the forest sector report for the 2013 National Climate Assessment and is author of the forthcoming book Climate Change and United States Forests. Dave lives on his family’s tree farm in Skagit County.

Research Interests – Skagit-specific

  • Effects of climate change on tree growth and regeneration
  • Effects of ecological disturbances and stressors on forest ecosystems

Other research interests:

  • Fire effects on forest ecosystems
  • Mountain ecology
  • Ecological scale

Education and Credentials

  • PhD, Forest Ecology, University of Illinois, 1980.
  • MS, Botany, University of Illinois, 1977.
  • BS, Zoology, University of Illinois, 1976.

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Member, Skagit Climate Science Consortium
  • Life member, Northwest Scientific Association
  • Principal, Western Mountain Initiative
  • Science advisor, U.S. Forest Service climate change program

Contact information
Dr. Dave Peterson
USFS – Pacific Wlidland Fire Sciences Lab
400 N 34th Street, Suite 201
Seattle, WA 98103
Mobile: 206-409-3924
Tel: 206-732-7812
Email: wild@uw.edu