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Amy
Breen
Assistant Research Professor
Email 
albreen [at] alaska.edu
Phone 
907-474-6927
Biography 

Dr. Amy Breen is a research assistant professor at the UA Scenarios Network for Alaska and Arctic Planning. She is a botanist with broad training ranging from plant ecology and evolution, to biogeography and paleoecology. Amy holds a BA in human ecology, MS in biology and PhD in botany.

Her research interests include the history, evolution and distribution of arctic and alpine floras. Amy's current research program aims to assess the impact of disturbance and climate change on arctic tundra by adapting a boreal forest fire regime and vegetation succession model to the tundra and investigating post-fire vegetation succession trajectories in tundra ecosystems. In addition, she is affiliated with the Alaska Geobotany Center and is working with that group to create an Alaska prototype for the Arctic Vegetation Archive that will unite and harmonize the vegetation-plot data from the Arctic tundra biome for use in developing a pan-Arctic vegetation classification and as a resource for climate-change and biodiversity research.

Publications

Abbott, B.W., et al. 2016. Biomass offsets little or none of permafrost carbon release from soils, streams, and wildfire: an expert assessment. Environmental Research Letters . 11(3). doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/3/034014.
Lara, M.J., H. Genet, A.D. McGuire, E.S. Euskirchen, Y. Zhang, D. Brown, M.T. Jorgenson, V. Romanovsky, A. Breen, W.R. Bolton 2016. Thermokarst rates intensify due to climate change and forest fragmentation in an Alaskan boreal forest lowland. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.13124.
Lara, M.J., H. Genet, A.D. McGuire, E.S. Euskirchen, Y. Zhang, D.R.N. Brown, M.T. Jorgenson, V. Romanovsky, A. Breen, and W.R. Bolton 2016. Lowland boreal forest ecosystems in Alaska are dominated by wetlands comprised of a complex mosaic of fens, collapse-scar bogs, low shrub/scrub, and forests growing on elevated ice-rich permafrost soils. Thermokarst has affected the lowlands of the Tanana. Global Change Biology. 22(2). 816-829. doi:10.1111/gcb.13124.
Hewitt, R. E., A. P. Bennett, A. L. Breen, T. N. Hollingsworth, D. L. Taylor, F. S. Chapin III, and T. S. Rupp 2015In Press. Getting to the root of the matter: Landscape implications of plant-fungal interactions for tree migration in Alaska. Landscape Ecology . 1-17. doi: 10.1007/s10980-015-0306-1.
Lara, M. J., H. Genet, A. D. McGuire, E. S. Euskirchen, Y. Zhang, D. Brown, M. T. Jorgenson, V. Romanovsky, A. L. Breen, and R. W. Bolton 2015In Press. Thermokarst rates intensify due to climate change and forest fragmentation in an Alaskan boreal forest lowland. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.13124.
Lara M. J., H. Genet, A. D. McGuire, E. S. Euskirchen, Y. Zhang, D. R. Brown, M. T. Jorgenson, V. Romanovsky, A. Breen, and R. W. Bolton 2015In Press. Thermokarst rates intensify due to climate change and forest fragmentation in an Alaskan boreal forest lowland. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.13124.
Wullschleger S. D., A. L. Breen, C. M. Iversen, M. S. Olson, T. Näsholm, U. Ganeteg, M. D. Wallenstein, and D. J. Weston 2015. Genomics in a changing arctic: critical questions await the molecular ecologist. Molecular Ecology. 24(10). 2301-2309. doi: 10.1111/mec.13166.
Breen, A. L. 2014. Balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera L.) communities on the Arctic Slope of Alaska. Phytocoenologia. 44. 1-17. doi: 10.1127/0340-269X/2014/0044-0522.
Breen, A. L., M. K. Raynolds, S. Hennekens, M. D. Walker & D. A. Walker 2013. Toward an Alaska prototype for the Arctic Vegetation Archive . In Walker, D.A. A. L. Breen, M. K. Raynolds & M. D. Walker, M.D. (Eds). 2013. Arctic Vegetation Archive (AVA) Workshop, Krakow, Poland, April 14-16, 2013. CAFF Proceedings Report #10. Akureyri, Iceland. ISBN: 978-9935-431-24-0.
Genet H., A. D. McGuire, K. Barrett, A. L. Breen, E. S. Euskirchen, J. F. Johnstone, E. S. Kasischke, A. M. Melvin, A. Bennet, M. C. Mack, T. S. Rupp, A. E. G. Schuur, M. R. Turetsky & F. Yuan. 2013. Modeling the effects of fire severity and climate warming on active layer depth and soil carbon dynamics of black spruce forests across the landscape in Interior Alaska . Environmental Research Letters. 8(4). 1-13. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/4/045016#sthash.oKj4WKIL.dpuf.
Jones, B. M., A. L. Breen, B. V. Gaglioti, D. H. Mann, Adrian V. Rocha, G. Grosse, C. D. Arp & D. A. Walker 2013. Identification of unrecognized tundra fire events on the North Slope of Alaska . Journal of Geophysical Research. 118(3). 1334-1344. doi:10.1002/jgrg.20113.
Walker, D. A., I. G. Alsos, C. Bay, N. Boulanger-Lapointe, A. L. Breen, H. Bültmann, T. Christiansen, C. Damgaard, F. J. A. Daniëls, S. Hennekens, M. K. Reynolds, P. C. Le Roux, M. Luoto, L. Pellisier, R. K. Peet, N.-M. Schmidt, L. Stewart, R. Virtanen, N. G. Yoccoz & M. S. Wisz 2013. Rescuing valuable Arctic vegetation data for biodiversity models, ecosystem models and a Panarctic vegetation classification . Arctic: InfoNorth. 66(1). 133-137. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.14430/arctic4281 .
Rocha, A. V., M. M. Loranty, P. E. Higuera, M. C. Mack, F. Sheng-Hu, B. M. Jones, A. L. Breen, E. B. Rastetter, S. J. Goetz & G. R. Shaver . The footprint of Alaskan tundra fires during the past half-century: implications for surface properties and radiative forcing . Environmental Research Letters.