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Norman L. Christensen, Jr. holds a Ph.D.('73) in Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an M.S. and A.B. in Biology from the California State University at Fresno. He is currently a Professor of Ecology at the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University where he began as an assistant professor in 1973. He served as the Dean for the Nicholas School of the Environment from 1991 to 2001. His primary research interests are the effects of disturbance on structure and function of populations and communities, including analysis of patterns of forest development following cropland abandonment, comparative studies of biogeochemical and community responses to varying fire regimes; applications of remote sensing systems such as synthetic aperture radar to evaluate long-term changes in forest ecosystems. Christensen has written widely on the importance of natural disturbance in the management of forests, shrublands, and wetlands, and on the concept of ecosystem management.

Christiansen currently serves on the US Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board (appointed by President Bill Clinton), as the Chair of Science Panel for the National Commission on Sustainable Forestry, and on the Boards of The Conservation Fund, The North Carolina Nature Conservancy, Resources for the Future, The Forest History Society and The American Forest Foundation.

Recent publications (90 total)

Christensen, N.L., A. Bartuska, J.H. Brown, S. Carpenter, C. D'Antonio, R. Francis, J.F. Franklin, J.A. MacMahon, R.F. Noss, D.J. Parsons, C.H. Peterson, M.G. Turner, and R.G. Woodmansee. 1996. The scientific basis for ecosystem management. Ecological Applications. 6:665-691.

Kasischke, E.S., N.H.F. French, L.L. Bourgeau-Chavez, and N.L. Christensen. 1996. Estimating release of carbon from 1990 and 1991forest fires in Alaska. Journal of Geophysical Research.

Christensen, N.L. 1996. The scientific basis for sustainable use of land. pp 273-308 In Diamond, H.L. and P. Noonan (eds.). The Use of Land. Island Press, Washington, D.C.

Christensen, N.L. 1996. Managing dynamic landscapes for heterogeneity and complexity. In S.T.A. Pickett and R. Ostveld (eds.), Chapman-Hall, Inc., New York.

Simpson, R.D. and N.L. Christensen. 1996. Ecosystem function and human activities. pp. vii-xxv In D. Simpson and N.L. Christensen (eds.). 1996. Human Activities and Ecosystem Function. Chapman-Hall, Inc., New York.

Christensen N. L. and J.F. Franklin. 1996. Ecosystem processes and ecosystem management. pp. 1-23 In D. Simpson and N.L. Christensen (eds.). 1996. Human Activities and Ecosystem Function. Chapman-Hall, Inc., New York.

Christensen, N.L. 1997. Implementing Ecosystem Management: Where do we go From Here. pp. 325-341 In M. Boyce and A. Haney (eds.). Ecosystem Management. Yale University Press, New Haven.

Rapport, D.J., N.L. Christensen, Jr., J.R. Karr and G. Patil. 1999. The centrality of ecosystem health in achieving sustainability in the 21st century: concepts and new approaches to environmental management. Transactions of the Royal Society of Canada.

Christensen, N. L. 2000. Vegetation of the Coastal Plain of the southeastern United States. In M. Barbour and W. D. Billings (eds.). Vegetation of North America. Second Edition. Cambridge University Press.

Christensen, N.L., Jr. 2000. The Evolving Role of Science in Wilderness to our Understanding of Ecosystems and Landscapes. In D. Cole, et al. (eds.) Wilderness Science. University of Montana.

Jensen, M.E., N.L. Christensen, Jr. and P.S. Bourgeron. 2001. An overview of ecological assessment principles and applications. Pp. 13-28 In M.E. Jensen and P.S. Bourgeron (eds.), A Guidebook for Integrated Ecological Assessments. Springer, New York.


D. Simpson and N.L. Christensen (eds.). 1996. Human Activities and Ecosystem Function. Chapman-Hall, Inc., New York.

Christensen, N.L. et al. 2000. Environmental Issues in Pacific Northwest Forest Management. National Academy Press, Washington, DC. 259 pp.

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