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Melissa Pingree

Melissa Pingree
My research efforts focus on evaluating the function and potential of biochar amendments in boreal forest soils as a tool to mitigate the effects of climate change.


Soil biogeochemical cycles

Pyrogenic carbon quantification and functional characterization

Interactions between pyrogenic carbon and soil ecology


Ph.D., 2017, University of Washington, School of Envrionmental and Forest Sciences

M.Sc., 2011, Western Washington University, Huxley College of the Envionment, Environmental Sciences

B.Sc., 2006, The University of Montana, College of Forestry, Resource Conservation, Terrestrial Science emphasis

Selected publications

Kobziar, L. N., M. R. A. Pingree, H. Larson, T. J. Dreaden, S. Green, and J. A. Smith. 2018. Pyroaerobiology: the aerosolization and transport of viable microbial life by wildland fire. Ecosphere 9:e02507.

Pingree, Melissa R. A., and Leda N. Kobziar. 2019. The myth of the biological threshold: A review of biological responses to soil heating associated with wildland fire. Forest Ecology and Management 432:1022–1029.

Pingree, Melissa R.A. and T.H. DeLuca. 2018. The influence of fire history on soil nutrients and vegetation cover in mixed-severity fire regime forests of the eastern Olympic Peninsula, Washington, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 422:95–107.

Pingree, Melissa R.A. and T.H. DeLuca. 2017. Function of Wildfire-Deposited Pyrogenic Carbon in Terrestrial Ecosystems. Frontiers in Environmental Science 5:53.

Pingree, Melissa R.A., M. Kobayashi, and T.H. DeLuca. 2017. Interactive effects of charcoal and earthworm activity increase bioavailable phosphorus in sub-boreal forest soils of northern Japan. Biology and Fertility of Soils 53:873-884.

Pingree, Melissa R.A., E.E. DeLuca, D.T. Schwartz, and T.H. DeLuca. 2016. Adsorption capacity of wildfire-produced charcoal from Pacific Northwest forests. Geoderma 283: 68-77.

DeLuca, T.H., H.C. Glanville, M. Harris, B.A. Emmett, M.R.A. Pingree, L.L. de Sosa, C. Morená, and D.L. Jones. 2015. A novel biologically based approach to evaluating soil phosphorus availability across complex landscapes. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 88:110-119.

Pingree, Melissa R.A, P.S. Homann, B. Morrissette, and R. Darbyshire. 2012. Long and short-term effects of fire on soil charcoal of a conifer forest in southwest Oregon. Forests, 3: 353-369.

Postdoctor at the Department of Forest Ecology and Management; Functional Ecology
Postal address:
Skogens ekologi och skötsel
901 83 Umeå
Visiting address: Skogsmarksgränd 17, Umeå