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Sarah  Bisbing

Dr. Sarah Bisbing

Phone: (805) 756-2721
Office: 180-506
Research Gate


Areas of Focus

- Forest Ecology

- Silviculture and Forest Management

- Forest and Landscape Genetics

About Dr. Sarah Bisbing

D. Bisbing joined the Cal Poly faculty in Fall 2013. She has a B.S. (2005) and M.S. (2008) in Forestry from the University of Montana and a PhD in Ecology (2013) from Colorado State University. Her research investigates the role that climate, landscape connectivity, and local adaptation play in determining the abundance and distribution of western conifers. She is specifically interested in the ecological, biogeographic, and evolutionary processes that drive demographic patterns and species distributions. Dr. Bisbing’s teaching emphasizes field-based learning, and she is always up for a trip to the mountains. When not teaching and researching, you can her find running, biking, or climbing with the lab mascot, Dawkins the Dog.

Visit Dr. Bisbing's website.


Mulvey, R. and S. Bisbing. 2016. Complex interactions among agents affect shore pine health in southeast Alaska. Northwest Science 90 (2): 176  194.

Bisbing, S.M., D.J. Cooper, D.V. DAmore, and K.M. Marshall. 2015. Determinants of conifer species distributions across peatland to forest gradients in the coastal temperate rainforest of southeast Alaska. Ecohydrology. doi: 10.1002/eco.1640

Budzakova, M., I. Hodalova, P. Mereda Jr., L. Somlyay, S.M. Bisbing, and J. Sibik. 2014. Karyological, morphological, and ecological differentiation of Sesleria caerula and Sesleria tatrae (Poaceae) in the Western Carpathians and adjacent regions. Preslia 86: 245 - 277.

Cooper, D.J., S Bisbing, D. Millar, and E. Gage. 2013. The biology of freshwater wetlands by Arnold G. van der Valk. The Quarterly Review of Biology 88 (2): 133.

Bothwell, H., S. Bisbing, L. Crawford, N. Therkildsen, N. Alvarez, R. Holderegger, and S. Manel. 2013. Identifying genetic signatures of selection in a non-model species: a case study of the alpine gentian (Gentiana nivalis L.). Conservation Genetics 14 (2): 476-481.

Bisbing, S.M., P.B. Alaback, and T.H. DeLuca. 2010. Carbon storage of old-growth and second growth fire-dependent western larch (Larix occidentalis Nutt.) forests of the Inland Northwest, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 259 (5): 1041-1049.

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