Melissa S. Lucash

Hillsboro, OR

(503) 846-9122
email:
melissa.lucash@pdx.edu

 

 

 

Education:

Ph.D. Forest and Natural Resources Management (Tree Physiology)

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 2005.

 

M.S. General Science (Plant Ecophysiology)

Oregon State University, 1996. 

 

B.S. Environmental and Forest Biology

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 1993. 
 

Research Interests: 

Physiology of exotics, nutrient uptake of trees and the response of plants to climate change.  

Professional Experience: 

Adjunct Instructor, Environmental Sciences and Management, Portland State University, Portland, OR.  2010-present.

Postdoctoral Research Analyst, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse. 2008- 2010.

Graduate Research Assistant, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse. 2001-2004.

NSF GK-12 Teaching Fellow  SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse. 2003-2004.

Visiting Instuctor, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse. 2001.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse. 2000.

Plant Physiologist, Dynamac Corporation at US EPA Laboratory. 1996-2000. 

Research Assistant, Dynamac Corporation at US EPA Laboratory. 1996-1997. 

Chemistry Instructor, Webber Outreach Program Supervisor, Willamette University. 1996 -1997. 

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Oregon State University. 1993-1996. 

Graduate Research Assistant,  Oregon State University. 1994.

Volunteer Intern,  Center for Nature Education. 1992.

Forest Technician,  Bureau of Land Management. 1991.

Research Aide, College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse. 1990.


 
Publications:

Lucash, MS, RD Yanai, KJ McFarlane, and JD Joslin. Stand-level nutrient uptake by trees: comparing estimates using nutrient budgets and simulation models.  In preparation.

Yanai, RD, KJ McFarlane, MS Lucash, JD Joslin and SE Kulpa. Nutrient uptake by Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir at two Colorado subalpine forests.  For. Ecol. Manage. 258(10):  2233-2241.

Lucash MS, RD Yanai and JD Joslin. 2008. Nitrogen uptake in intact and disturbed roots of loblolly pine seedlings. Env. and Exp. Bot. 64:15-20.

Lucash MS, DM Eissenstat, RD Yanai and JD Joslin. 2007. Estimating nutrient uptake by mature tree roots under field conditions: challenges and opportunities. Trees 21:593-603.

Lucash MS, JD Joslin and RD Yanai. 2005. Temporal variation in nutrient uptake capacity by intact roots of mature loblolly pine. Plant Soil 272: 253-262.

Lucash MS, B Farnsworth and WE Winner. 2005.  Response of sagebrush steppe species to elevated CO2 and soil temperature. W.N.A. Nat. 65:80-86.

Cloyd ET, MS Lucash, NE Hotaling, JH Hornbeck, HN Jensen, BJ Norelius, SH Reynolds and JD Wickham. 2004. Diversity and productivity in grassland ecosystems. Con. Bio. 18:1171.

Lewis JD, MS Lucash, DM Olszyk and DT Tingey. 2003. Relationships between needle nitrogen concentration and photosynthetic responses of Douglas-fir seedlings to elevated CO2 and temperature. New Phyt.162:355-365.

Yanai RD, P Sollins and MS Lucash. 2003. Ecosystem ecology: in pursuit of principles. Ecology 84: 1640.

Lewis JD, MS Lucash, DM Olszyk and DT Tingey. 2002. Stomatal responses of Douglas-fir seedlings to elevated carbon dioxide and temperature during the third and fourth years of exposure. Plant, Cell & Env. 25: 1411-1421.

Lewis JD, MS Lucash, DM Olszyk and DT Tingey. 2000. Seasonal patterns of photosynthesis in Douglas-fir seedlings during the third and fourth year of exposure to elevated carbon dioxide and temperature. Plant, Cell and Env. 24: 539-548.

Apple ME, MS Lucash, DL Phillips, DT Tingey and D Olszyk. 1999. Elevated temperature and the morphology of Pseudotsuga menziesii vegetative buds. Env. and Exp. Bot. 41: 25-30.

Apple ME, MS Lucash, DM Olszyk and DT Tingey. 1998. Morphogenesis of Douglas-fir buds is altered at elevated temperature but not at elevated CO2. Env. and Exp. Bot. 40: 159-175.

Published Abstracts: 

Lucash, MS, RD Yanai, and JD Blum.  2009.  The Importance of soil mineralogy to calcium availability in forests.  EMEP Conference (Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Protection in NY:  Linking Science and Policy), Albany, NY, Oct 14-15, 2009.

RD Yanai, KJ McFarlane, MS Lucash MS, JD Joslin and SE Kulpa. 2008. Similarity of nutrient uptake and root dimensions of Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir across two sites in Colorado. N. Am For. Soil Conf.

Lucash MS, RD Yanai and JD Joslin. 2004. Respiratory costs of ammonium and nitrate uptake in intact roots of white pine seedlings. Ecol. Soc. Am. Annual Meeting.

Cloyd, ET and MS Lucash. 2004. Incorporating research into high school science classrooms. Ecol. Soc. Am. Annual Meeting.

Yanai RD, MS Lucash, SE Kulpa, JD Joslin and KJ McFarlane. 2003. Diameter distributions of fine roots of twelve tree species. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. Annual Meeting.

Lucash MS, JD Joslin, O Abelleira, RD Yanai and JM Scholberg. 2003. Measuring nutrient uptake in intact plant-soil systems. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. Annual Meeting.

Lucash MS, O Abelleira, JD Joslin, RD Yanai and JM Scholberg. 2003. Effects of disturbance on nitrate uptake of loblolly pine seedlings. Ecol. Soc. Am. Annual Meeting.

Lucash MS, RD Yanai, JD Joslin and KJ McFarlane. 2002. Uptake capacity of loblolly pine roots measured in the field varies seasonally. Ecol. Soc. Am. Annual Meeting.

Yanai RD, RE Sherman, MS Lucash, KJ McFarlane and JD Joslin. 2002. What root parameters best predict nutrient uptake? Ecol. Soc. Am. Annual Meeting.

McFarlane KJ, RD Yanai and MS Lucash. 2002. Nutrient uptake by Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir at two Colorado subalpine forests. Ecol. Soc. Am. Annual Meeting.

Yanai RD, JD Joslin, MS Lucash and RE Sherman. 2001. Nutrient uptake estimated by ecosystem budgets and by root-scale models. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. Annual Meeting.

Joslin JD, MG Johnson, DT Tingey, MH Wolfe, DL Phillips and MS Lucash. 2001. Studying forest root systems- an overview of methodological problems. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. Annual Meeting.

Apple ME, MS Lucash, DM Olszyk and DT Tingey. 1997. Morphology and the internal temperature of Pseudotsuga menziesii vegetative buds grown at elevated temperature. Ecol. Soc. Am. Annual Meeting.  

Apple ME, MS Lucash, DT Tingey and DM Olszyk. 1997. Morphology, development, and temperature of Pseudotsuga menziesii vegetative buds at elevated CO2 and temperature. Am. Assoc. Adv. Sci. Annual Meeting.

Lucash MS and WE Winner. 1995. Effects of CO2 and rhizosphere temperature on the growth of Artemisia tridentata, Sitanion hystrix, and Stipa thurberiana. Ecol. Soc. Am. Annual Meeting.

last updated 03-09