David Greene

Professor & Chair - Forest Ecology

Upon receiving his B.Sc. at the University of California at Berkeley, Dr. Greene went to the University of Calgary for the M.Sc. and Ph.D. A forest ecologist, Dr. Greene studies pollination, seed production, seed abscission and dispersal, and germination, as well as broader issues in forestry and disturbance ecology. Following a 25-year year career at Concordia University in Montreal, he arrived at Humboldt State in 2014.


Ph.D., University of Calgary
M.Sc., University of Calgary
B.Sc., University of California, Berkeley


Refereed Publications (Bold indicates a supervised Graduate or Honors student)

Timerman, D., Greene, D.F., Urzay, J. & Ackerman, J.D. (in press) Turbulence-induced resonance vibrations cause pollen release in Plantago lanceolata L. (Plantaginaceae). Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

Pounden, E., Greene, D.F., and S. Michaletz. In press. Non-serotinous woody plants behave as aerial seed bank species when a fire late in the seed maturation period coincides with a mast seeding year. Ecology and Evolution.

Boucher, D., Gauthier, S., Noël, J., Greene, D.F., and Y. Bergeron. In press. The effect of salvage logging on early post-fire tree composition in Canadian boreal forest. Forest Ecology and Management.

Splawinski, T., Greene D.F., and S. Gauthier.In press. Modelling tree regeneration following post-wildfire salvage. Ecological Modelling.

Splawinski, T., Gauthier, S., and D.F. Greene. In press. The impact of early pre-commercial thinning of dense jack pine (Pinus banksiana Lamb.) stands on the mortality of thinned stems. The Forestry Chronicle.

Timerman, D., Greene, D.F., Ackerman, J.D., Kevan, P.G., and E. Nardon. 2014. Pollen aggregation and pollination vector. International Journal of Plant Sciences.175(6):681-687

Michaletz, S., Johnson, E.A., Mell, W.E., and D.F. Greene. 2013. Timing of fire relative to seed development may allow non-serotinous species to recolonize from the aerial seedbanks of fire-killed trees. Biogeosciences 10: 5061-5078.

Gervais, D., Greene, D.F., and T. Work. 2013. Causes of variation in wood-boring beetle damage in fire-killed black spruce (Picea mariana) forests in the central boreal forest of Quebec. Ecoscience 19: 398-403.

Greene, D.F., Splawinski, T., Gauthier, S., and Y. Bergeron. 2013. Seed abscission schedules and the timing of post-fire salvage of Picea mariana and Pinus banksiana. Forest Ecology and Management 303: 20-24.

Nock, C. A., Greene, D.F., Follett, M., Delagrange, S., Fournier, R, and C. Messier. 2013. In situ quantification of ice accretion on tree crowns using terrestrial lidar. PLOS ONE 8(5): e64865.

Pazos, G.E., Greene, D.F., Katul, G.,Bertiller, M.B., and M. B. Soons. 2013. Toward a general model of non-random seed release by wind. Journal of Ecology 101: 889-994.

Robert, E., Brais, S., Harvey, B.D., and D.F. Greene. 2012. Contribution of downed woody debris to tree regeneration in boreal mixedwood following a mast year. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 42: 1446-1455.

Greene, D.F., and M. Quesada. 2011. The effect of updrafts, downdrafts, and horizontal winds on the seed abscission of Tragopogon dubius. Functional Ecology 25: 468-472.

Contreras Sanchez, J.M., Greene, D.F., and M. Quesada. 2011. A field test of inverse modeling of seed dispersal. American Journal of Botany 98: 1-7.

Hayden, B., Greene, D.F., and M. Quesada. 2010. A field experiment to determine the effect of dry-season precipitation on annual ring formation and leaf phenology in a seasonally dry tropical forest. Journal of Tropical Ecology 26: 237-242.

Cumming, S.G., Trindade, M., Greene, D.F., and S.E. Macdonald. 2009. Canopy and emergent white spruce in “pure” broadleaf stands: frequency, predictive models and ecological importance. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 39: 1997-2004.

Hesketh, M., Greene, D.F., and E. Pounden. 2009. Early establishment of conifer recruits in the northern Rocky Mountains as a function of post-fire duff depth. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 39: 2059-2064.

Saint-Germain, M., and Greene, D.F. 2009. Salvage logging in the boreal and cordilleran forests of Canada: Integrating industrial and ecological concerns in management plans. Forestry Chronicle 85: 120-134.

Greene, D.F., Quesada, M., and C. Calogeropoulos. 2008. Dispersal of seeds by the tropical sea breeze. Ecology 89: 118-125.

Greene, D.F., Gauthier, S., Noel, J, Rousseau M., and Y. Bergeron. 2006. A field experiment to determine the effect of post-fire salvage on seedbeds and tree regeneration. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 4: 69-74.

Pounden, E., Greene, D.F., Quesada, M., and Contreras Sanchez, J.M. 2008. The effect of collisions with vegetation elements on the dispersal of winged and plumed seeds. Journal of Ecology 96: 591-598.

Greene, D.F. 2005. The role of abscission in long distance seed dispersal by the wind. Ecology 86: 3105-3110.

Non-refereed publications and reports

Greene, D.F. and M.J. McCavour. Dispersal, diffusion, and migration. Submitted in January 2014. A chapter in the Encyclopedia of Geography (Wiley-Blackwell/AAG).

Greene, D.F. and S. Michaletz. Fire disturbances in forest ecosystems. Submitted in February 2014. A chapter in the Handbook of Forest Ecology (Routledge).

Hayden, B., and Greene, D.F. 2008. The ecology of tropical dry forests. A chapter in the Encyclopedia of Tropical Ecology and Conservation. (UNESCO).

Greene, D.F., Jones, K.F., and Proulx, O.J. 2007. The biomechanics and population effects of icing damage on trees. In: Plant disturbance ecology: The process and the response. Edited by Johnson, E.A. and Miyanishi, K. Academic Press. Pages: 181-213. Academic Press.

Greene, D.F. 2007. A review of the book “The ecology of seeds” by M. Fenner and K. Thompson. Ecoscience.

Greene, D.F., and V. Crisfield. 2006. Final report on tree regeneration on seismic lines in the uplands and Delta near Inuvik. Gwich’in Renewable Resource Board, Inuvik, NWT

David Greene
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211 Forestry Building