Tania Schoennagel

Tania Schoennagel

Assistant Professor Adjunct



  • PhD: University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002

Contact Information

(Office) 303 492-6760


Fire ecology, landscape ecology, geographic information systems (GIS), dendrochronology.

Research Interests

My research addresses the causes and consequences of western forest disturbances, primarily wildfire and insect outbreaks. As a landscape ecologist, I conduct research at multiple spatial and temporal scales to examine: (1) disturbance dynamics and successional patterns, (2) effects of past climate variability and future climate change, and (3) ecological implications of forest management policy and changing land use. I employ field studies, dendrochronology, GIS analyses and spatial modeling. My research generally focuses on fundamental ecological questions with applications to forest management, land-use policy and climate change.


  • David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship, Society for Conservation Biology and the Cedar Tree Foundation, 2006
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2003
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin Graduate School, 2000




Tania Schoennagel, Balch, J. K., Brenkert-Smith, H., Dennisond, P. E., Harvey, B. J., Krawchuk, M. A., Mietkiewicz, N., Morgan, P., Moritz, M. A., Rasker, R., Turner, M. G., Whitlock, C. 2017: Adapt to more wildfire in western North American forests as climate changes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(18): 4582-4590. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1617464114

Johnstone, J. F., Allen, C. D., Franklin, J. F., Frelich, L. E., Harvey, B. J., Higuera, P. E., Mack, M. C., Meentemeyer, R. K., Metz, M. R., Perry, G. L. W., Tania Schoennagel, Turner, M. G. 2016: Changing disturbance regimes, ecological memory, and forest resilience. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 14(7): 369-378. DOI: 10.1002/fee.1311

Hart, S. J., Tania Schoennagel, Veblen, T. T., Chapman, T. B. 2015: Area burned in the western United States is unaffected by recent mountain pine beetle outbreaks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(14): 4375-4380. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1424037112

Moritz, M. A., Batllori, E., Bradstock, R. A., Gill, A. M., Handmer, J., Hessburg, P. F., Leonard, J., McCaffrey, S., Odion, D. C., Tania Schoennagel, Syphard, A. D. 2014: Learning to coexist with wildfire. Nature, 515: 58-66. DOI: 10.1038/nature13946

Fleishman, E., Belnap, J., Cobb, N., Enquist, C. A. F., Ford, K., MacDonald, G., Pellant, M., Tania Schoennagel, Schmit, L. M., Schwartz, M., van Drunick, S., Westerling, A. L., Keyser, A., Lucas, R. 2013: Natural ecosystems. In Garfin, G., Jardine, A., Merideth, R., Black, M., and LeRoy, S. (eds.), Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: A Report Prepared for the National Climate Assessment. NCA Regional Input Reports. Washington, D. C.: Island Press, 148-167. ISBN 978-1-61091-484-0 DOI: 10.5822/978-1-61091-484-0_8

Smith, J. M., Hart, S. J., Chapman, T. B., Veblen, T. T., Tania Schoennagel 2012: Dendroecological reconstruction of 1980s mountain pine beetle outbreak in lodgepole pine forests in northwestern Colorado. Ecoscience, 19(2): 113-126. DOI: 10.2980/19-2-3487

Tania Schoennagel, Veblen, T. T., Negron, J. F., Smith, J. M. 2012: Effects of mountain pine beetle on fuels and expected fire behavior in lodgepole pine forests, Colorado, USA. PLoS ONE, 7(1): e30002. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0030002

Gartner, M. H., Veblen, T. T., Sherriff, R. L., Tania Schoennagel 2012: Proximity to grasslands influences fire frequency and sensitivity to climate variability in ponderosa pine forests of the Colorado Front Range. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 21(5): 562-571. DOI: 10.1071/WF10103

Parisien, M.-A., Snetsinger, S., Greenberg, J. A., Nelson, C. R., Tania Schoennagel, Dobrowski, S. Z., Moritz, M. A. 2012: Spatial variability in wildfire probability across the western United States. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 21(4): 313-327. DOI: 10.1071/WF11044

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