Biology

Domink Kulakowski

Dominik Kulakowski, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Geography
Adjunct Associate Professor of Biology
Graduate School of Geography
Department of Biology
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: (508) 793-7336
Email: dkulakowski@clarku.edu

Curriculum Vitae


Education

M.S. in Ecology, Pennsylvania State University, 1997
Ph.D. in Geography, University of Colorado, 2002
Research associate and lecturer, University of Colorado, 2002-2007
Research associate, Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (Division of the Alpine Environment), 2004-2005.

Current Research

  • Disturbance ecology, landscape change, and dynamics of mountain forest ecosystem
  • Effects of climate on mountain forest ecosystems
  • Interactions among disturbances in forest ecosystems, especially how previous disturbances affect the spread and severity of subsequent disturbances and how compounding disturbances affect ecosystem dynamics
  • The influence of biophysical variables and infrequent disturbances on the dynamics of quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

Courses Offered

Geog 104: Earth System Science
Geog 116: Forest Ecology
Geog 216/316: Field Methods for Environmental Science
Geog 372: Current Research Themes in Forest Ecology
Geog 323: Forest Ecology and Management

Selected Publications

Hart, S. J., T. T. Veblen, K. S. Eisenhart, D. Jarvis, and D. Kulakowski. 2013. Drought induces spruce beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis) outbreaks across northwestern Colorado. Ecology. In press.

Nguon, P. and D. Kulakowski. 2013. Natural forest disturbances and the design of REDD+ initiatives. Environmental Science and Policy. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2013.04.011

Kulakowski, D., M.W. Kaye, and D.M. Kashian. 2013. Long-term aspen cover change in the western US. Forest Ecology and Management. 299: 52–59.

Shinneman, D. J., W.L. Baker, P. C. Rogers and D. Kulakowski. 2013. Fire regimes of quaking aspen in the Intermountain West. Forest Ecology and Management. 299: 22–34.

Kulakowski, D., C. Matthews, D. Jarvis, and T. T. Veblen. 2013. Compounded disturbances in subalpine forests in western Colorado favor future dominance by quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides). Journal of Vegetation Science. 24: 168–176.

Black, S.H., D. Kulakowski, B.R. Noon, and D.A. DellaSala. 2013. Do bark beetle outbreaks increase wildfire risks in the central U.S. Rocky Mountains and what is the best remedial measure? Natural Areas Journal. 33(1):59-65.

Kulakowski, D. and D. Jarvis.  2013. Low-severity fires increase susceptibility of lodgepole pine to mountain pine beetle outbreaks in Colorado. Forest Ecology and Management. 289: 544–550.

Aronson, G. and D. Kulakowski. 2012. Bark beetle outbreaks, wildfires, and defensible space: how much area do we need to treat to protect homes and communities? International Journal of Wildland Fire. 22(2) 256-265.

Kulakowski, D., D. Jarvis, T.T. Veblen, and J. Smith. 2012. Stand-replacing fires reduce susceptibility to mountain pine beetle outbreaks in Colorado. Journal of Biogeography. 39: 2052–2060.

Hanna, P. and D. Kulakowski. 2012.The influences of climate on aspen dieback. Forest Ecology and Management. 274: 91-98.

Krumm, F., D. Kulakowski, A.C. Risch, H. Spiecker, and P. Bebi. 2012. Stem exclusion and mortality in passively managed subalpine forests of the Swiss Alps. European Journal of Forest Research. DOI: 10.1007/s10342-012-0625-6.

Kulakowski, D.and D. Jarvis. 2011. The influence of mountain pine beetle outbreaks on severe wildfires in northwestern Colorado and southern Wyoming: a look at the past century. Forest Ecology and Management. 261 (1): 1686–1696.

Panayotov, M., D. Kulakowski, L. Laranjeiro, and P. Bebi. 2011. Wind disturbances shape old Norway spruce forests in Bulgaria. Forest Ecology and Management. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2011.04.013.

Krumm, F., D. Kulakowski, H. Spiecker, P. Duc, and P. Bebi. 2011. Stand development of Norway spruce dominated subalpine forests of the Swiss Alps. Forest Ecology and Management. 262 (4): 620–628.

Kulakowski, D., P. Bebi., and C. Rixen. 2011. The interacting effects of land use change, climate change, and suppression of disturbances on landscape forest structure in the Swiss Alps. Oikos. 120 (2): 216–225.

Rogan, J., N. Bumbarger, D. Kulakowski, Z.J. Christman, D.M. Runfola, and S.D. Blanchard. 2010. Improving forest type discrimination with mixed lifeform classes using fuzzy classification thresholds informed by field observations. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing. 36 (6): 699–708.

Bebi, P., D. Kulakowski and C. Rixen. 2009. Snow avalanche disturbances in forest ecosystems – state of research and implications for management. Forest Ecology and Management. 257 (9): 1883-1892.

Kurzel, B. P., T. T. Veblen, and D. Kulakowski. 2007. A typology of stand structure and dynamics of Quaking askpen in northwestern Colorado. Forest Ecology and Management.252 (1-3): 176-190.

Schoennagel, T., T.T. Veblen, D. Kulakowski, A. Holz. 2007. Multidecadal climate variability and climate interactions affect subalpine fire occurrence, western Colorado (USA). Ecology. 88 (11): 2891-2902.

Rixen, C., S. Haag, D. Kulakowski, and P. Bebi. 2007. Natural distrubance modulates plant diversity and species composition in subalpine forest. Journal of Vegetation Science.18 (5): 735-742.

Kulakowski, D. and T.T. Veblen. 2007. Effect of prior distrubances on the extent and severity of a 2002 wildfire in Colorado subalpine forests. Ecology. 88 (3): 759-769.

Romme, W.H., J. Clement, J. Hicke, D. Kulakowski, L.H. MacDonald, T.L. Schoennagel, and T.T. Veblen. 2006. Recent Forest Insect Outbreaks and Fire Risk in Colorado Forests:A Brief Synthesis of Relevant Research. Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, Fort Collins, CO.

Kulakowski, D. and T.T. Veblen. 2006.The effect of fires on susceptibility of subalpine forests to a 19thcentury spruce beetle outbreak in western Colorado. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 36 (11): 2974-2982.

Kulakowski, D. and T.T. Veblen. 2006. Historical range of variability for forest vegetation of the Grand Mesa National Forest, Colorado. USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, Golden, CO and the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, Fort Collins, CO.

Kulakowski, D., T.T. Veblen, and B.P. Kurzel. 2006. Influences of infrequent fire, elevation and pre-fire vegetation on the persistence of quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.) in the Flat Tops area, Colorado, USA. Journal of Biogeography. 33: 1397-1413.

Kulakowski, D., C. Rixen, and P.Bebi. 2006. Changes in forest structure and in the relative importance of climatic stress as a result of suppression of avalance disturbances. Forest Ecology and Management. 223 (1-3):66-74.

Bigler, C., D. Kulakowski, and T.T. Veblen. 2005. Multiple distrubance interactions and drought influence fire severity in Rocky Mountain subalpine forests. Ecology. 86 (11): 3018-3029.

Kulakowski, D., T.T. Veblen, and S. Drinkwater. 2004. THe persistence of quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) in the Grand Mesa area, Colorado. Ecological Applications. 14 (5): 1603-1614.

Kulakowski, D. and T.T. Veblen. 2003. Subalpine forest development following a blowdown in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness, Colorado, USA. Journal of Vegetation Science. 14.5: 653-660.

Kulakowski, D., T.T. Veblen, and P. Bebi. 2003. Effects of fire and spruce beetle outbreak legacies on the distrubance regime of a subalpine forest in Colorado. Journal of Biogeography. 30 (9): 1445-1456.

Bebi, P., D. Kulakowski, and T.T. Veblen. 2003. Interactions between fire and spruce beetles in a subalpine Rocky Mountain forest landscape. Ecology. 84 (2): 362-371.

Kulakowski, D. and T.T.Veblen. 2002. Influences of fire history and topography on the pattern of severe wind blowdown in a Colorado subalpine forest. Journal of Ecology. 90 (5):806-819.

Baker, W.L., Ph.H. Flaherty, J.D. Lindemann, T.T. Veblen, K.S. Eisenhart, and D. Kulakowski. 2002. Effects of vegetation on the impact of a severe blowdown in the Southern Rocky Mountains, USA. Forest Ecology and Managment. 168 (1-3): 63-75.

Veblen, T.T., D. Kulakowski, K.S. Eisenhart, and W.L. Baker. 2001. Subalpine forest damage from a severe windstorm in Northern Colorado. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 31 (12): 2089-2097.

Uhl, C., D. Kulakowski, J. Gerwing, M. Brown, and M. Cochrane. 1996. Sustainability: A touchstone concept for univeristy operations, education, and research. Concervation Biology. 10 (5):1308-1311.