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Bruce McCune

Bruce McCune

Professor,
Ph.D., 1982, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Bruce.McCune@science.oregonstate.edu

Laboratory website

Office/Lab: Cordley 1098/1108
Phone: 541-737-1741/1742/1746

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research Area

Plant ecology and lichenology.

Description of Research

I work in three overlapping, interdependent areas:

  • Tools for analysis of ecological communities and habitats: My research on analytical tools concerns how species abundance as a response variable differs from the ideal variables, how this creates problems, how to deal effectively with those problems. My current research in this area focuses on species response surfaces in multidimensional predictor spaces.
  • Ecology of temperate forest epiphytes: My work in this area include basic research on the distribution, abundance, and dispersal limitations of temperate forest epiphytes and applied work on how changing forest practices will alter our future ecosystems. We have studied the long-term consequences of green-tree retention, how different species and functional groups of lichens are distributed in young, seemingly monotonous forests, and whether the structure of young forests be changed to enhance the re-entry and development of old-growth associated epiphytes.
  • Taxonomic syntheses of lichens in the Pacific Northwest: My work on regional lichen floras has been crucial to facilitating work on the ecology of lichens in the Pacific Northwest . Regional floras for macrolichens have been completed; work on crustose groups is continuing.

Research Group Members

Graduate Students

Ricardo Miranda Gonzalez (PhD expected 2017)
Abby Glauser (MS expected 2017-18)
Rob Smith (PhD expected 2018)

Faculty Research Assistants and Lab Technicians

Elisa Alphandary
Joe DiMeglio
Hunter Keller
Leon Rogers

Teaching

BOT 407/507 Seminar, Lichens and Bryophytes

BOT 407/507 Seminar, Community and Habitat Analysis

BOT 465/565 Lichenology

BOT 466/566 Bryology

BI 570 Community Analysis

Related Links

Websites that I maintain:
Bruce McCune's website http://oregonstate.edu/~mccuneb/
Epiphytes and forest management http://oregonstate.edu/~mccuneb/epiphytes.htm
Living with Mosses http://bryophytes.science.oregonstate.edu/mosses.htm

Lichenology Class Projects, http://bmccune.weebly.com/lichenology.html

Bryology Class Projects, http://bmccune.weebly.com/bryology.html

Publications

Root, H. T., M. McCune & B. McCune. 2013. Wind farm potential is higher in prime habitat for uncommon soil crust lichens. Ecological Processes 2:10 1-8.

Lintz, H. E., A. N Gray & B. McCune. 2013. Effect of inventory method on niche models: Random versus systematic error. Ecological Informatics 18:20-34.

Nelson, P. R, C. Roland, M. J. Macander & B. McCune. 2013. Detecting continuous lichen abundance for mapping winter caribou forage at landscape spatial scales. Remote Sensing of Environment (in press).

Hutten, M., U. Arup, O. Breuss, T. L. Esslinger, A. M. Fryday, K. Knudsen, J. C. Lendemer, C. Printzen, H. T. Root, M. Schultz, J. Sheard, T. Tønsberg’, & B. McCune. 2013. Lichens and Lichenicolous Fungi of Yosemite National Park, California. North American Fungi 8(11): 1-47.

McCune, B., J. Di Meglio & M. J. Curtis. 2014. An unusual ascospore shape and a new species, Umbilicaria nodulospora (Umbilicariaceae), from California and Oregon. Bryologist 117:170-178.
McCune, B. & L. S. Wang. 2014. The lichen genus Hypogymnia in southwest China. Mycosphere 5:27-76.

Root. H. T., B. McCune & S. Jovan. 2014. Lichen communities and species indicate climate thresholds in southeast and south-central Alaska, USA. Bryologist 117:241-252.

Root, H. T., B. McCune & Sarah Jovan. 2014. Lichen communities and species indicate climate thresholds in southeast and south-central Alaska, USA. Bryologist 117:241-252.

McCune, B., J. Di Meglio & M. J. Curtis. 2014. An unusual ascospore shape and a new species, Umbilicaria nodulospora (Umbilicariaceae), from California and Oregon. Bryologist 117:170-178.

McCune, B. & L. S. Wang. 2014. The lichen genus Hypogymnia in southwest China. Mycosphere 5:27-76.

Nelson, P. R., B. McCune, C. Roland & S. Stehn. 2015. Non-parametric methods reveal non-linear functional trait variation of lichens along environmental and fire age gradients. Journal of Vegetation Science 26:848-865.

McCune, B. 2015. The front door to the fourth corner: variations on the sample unit × trait matrix in community ecology. Community Ecology (in press).

Marks, J. A., J. C. Pett-Ridge, S. S. Perakis, J. L. Allen, and B. McCune. 2015. Response of the nitrogen fixing lichen Lobaria pulmonaria to phosphorus, molybdenum, and vanadium. Ecosphere 6(9):155. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES15-00140.1

McCune, B., S. Tchabanenko & X. L. Wei. 2015. Hypogymnia papilliformis (Parmeliaceae), a new lichen from Far East Russia and China. Lichenologist 47:117-122.

Smith, R. J., J. C. Benavides, S. Jovan, M. Amacher & B. McCune. 2015. A rapid method for landscape assessment of carbon storage and ecosystem function in moss and lichen ground layers Bryologist 118:32-45.  doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1639/0007-2745-118.1.032

McCune, B. & H. T. Root. 2015. Origin of the dust bunny distribution in ecological community data. Plant Ecology 216: 645-656.--- Supplemental materials

Nelson, P. R., McCune, B. & D. K. Swanson. 2015. Lichen traits and species as indicators of vegetation and environment.  Bryologist 118: 252-263.