Brad Oberle

Assistant Professor of Biology - Biology - Natural Sciences

Brad Oberle
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  • Office Location: HNS 110
  • Mail Location: Heiser E172C

Assistant Professor of Biology

Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
B.A., Kenyon College

Professor Oberle is broadly interested in the environmental biology of plants and fungi. His research centers on how functional trait variation influences species’ responses to climate change, including their capacity to absorb, store and emit greenhouse gasses. His approach combines lab experiments, field surveys, museum research and statistical models.

In collaboration with diverse students, policy makers and other researchers, he aims to elucidate biological principles that improve natural resource management in the local community and beyond. He enjoys teaching biology by doing science with students and emphasizes accurate analysis, effective communication and appreciation of diversity in nature.

Recent Courses
Biology of Climate Change
General Biology

Selected Publications
Osazuwa-Peters, O. L., I. Jimenez, B. Oberle, C. A. Chapman, A. E. Zanne. 2015. Selective logging: Do rates of forest turnover in stems, species composition and functional traits decrease with time since disturbance? – A 45-year perspective. Forest Ecology and Management in press.

Spasojevic M. J., E. E. Yablon*, B. Oberle, J. A. Myers. 2014. Ontogenetic trait variation influences tree community assembly across environmental gradients. Ecosphere 5:129.

Oberle, B., K. Dunham*, A. Milo, M. Evans D. Young and A. Zanne. 2014. Progressive, idiosyncratic changes in wood hardness during decay: implications for dead wood inventory and cycling. Forest Ecology and Management 323 :1-9.

Brandt, L., H. He, L. Iverson, F. Thompson, B. Oberle, et al. 2014. Central Hardwoods Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis: A report from the Central Hardwoods Climate Change Response Framework. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-124. Newtown Square, PSA, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 254 p.

Oberle, B., J.B. Beck, R.A. Montgomery* and E.E. Esselman. 2012. A morphologically intergrading population facilitates chloroplast introgression from diploid to tetraploid Dodecatheon (Primulaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 168: 91-100.

Oberle, B. and B. A. Schaal. 2011. Historical responses to climate change highlight contemporary threats to diversity in Dodecatheon. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 108: 5655-5660.

Oberle, B., J.B. Grace and J.M. Chase. 2009. Beneath the veil: plant growth form influences the strength of species richness—productivity relationships in forests. Global Ecology and Biogeography 18: 416-425.

Allan, B.F., R.B. Langerhans, W.A. Ryberg, W.J. Landesman, N.W. Griffin, R.S. Katz, B.J. Oberle, M.R. Schutzenhofer, K.N. Smyth, A. de St. Maurice*, L. Clark, K.R. Crooks, D.E. Hernandez, R.G. McLean, R.S. Ostfeld, and J.M. Chase. 2009. Ecological correlates of risk and incidence of West Nile virus in the United States. Oecologia 158: 699-708.