Dr Bianca Eskelson

Assistant Professor
Forest Sciences Centre
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
work phone: 6048270629

Research Areas

Estimation of disturbance effects
Recovery dynamics after disturbance
Spatial copula models
Nearest neighbor imputation


Fire effects and ecosystem recovery after forest wildfire

USDA Forest Service

Assessment of spatial and temporal patterns of headwater stream temperature

USDA Forest Service

Status and trends of whitebark pine distribution and health in California, Oregon and Washington

USDA Forest Service

Climate envelope modeling

USDA Forest Service

Quantification of fire effects and post-fire dynamics


Professional Affiliations

Oregon State University, Courtesy Faculty
Canadian Journal of Forest Research, Associate Editor
International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), Coordinator 4.02.03
American Statistical Association (ASA)
Ecological Society of America (ESA)


OSU College of Forestry Dean’s Award for Outstanding Achievement Research/Scholarship , 2011

Current Graduate Students

NguyetAnh Nguyen, MSc
Hyeyoung Woo, PhD
Sushil Nepal, PhD
YiChin Tseng, MSc

Post Doctoral Fellows and Research Assistants

Dr. Woongsoon Jang (PostDoc)

Previous Students, Post Doctoral Fellows and Research Assistants

Grace Carsky, MSc (2016-2018) – Effects of thinning on size-structure dynamics and growth in pure and mixed Douglas-fir and western hemlock stands in coastal British Columbia
Kate Peterson, MSc (2015-2018) – Impacts of wildfire on forest surface fuel carbon in Pacific Northwest forests – 2018 Faculty of Forestry Best MSc Thesis Award

Current Courses

Winter 2019

GEM540 Linear Regression Models and Introduction to Spatial Statistics Sections

Winter 2019

FRST430 Advanced Biometrics Sections

Analysis of variance, multiple regression and analysis of covariance. Design and analysis of experiments.

Selected Publications

Jang W., B.N.I. Eskelson, and L. de Montigny (2019). Tree damage after fertilization of thinned lodgepole pine, Douglas-fir, and spruce stands in the British Columbia interior: synthesis report on up to 18-year responses from EP886 Prov. B.C., Victoria, B.C., Tech. rep. 120.
Peterson, K.F., B.N.I. Eskelson, V.J. Monleon, and L.D. Daniels (2019). Surface fuel loads following a coastal-transitional fire of unprecedented severity: Boulder Creek fire case study Canadian Journal of Forest Research 49:925-932
Jang W., B.N.I. Eskelson, P.L. Marshall, and I. Moss (2018). A stand table projection system for interior Douglas-fir in British Columbia, Canada Elsevier Forest Ecology and Management 409:434-443
Eskelson, B.N.I., and V.J. Monleon (2018). Post-fire surface fuel dynamics in California forests across three burn severity classes and two forest types CSIRO Publishing International Journal of Wildland Fire 27(2):114-124
Eskelson, B.N.I., and V.J. Monleon (2018). Status and trends of whitebark pine distribution and health in California, Oregon and Washington In: Forest health monitoring: national status, trends, and analysis 2016. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-233. Ashville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. Pages 135-142.
Leach, J.A., D.H. Olson, P.D. Anderson, and B.N.I. Eskelson (2017). Spatial and seasonal variability of forested headwater stream temperatures in western Oregon, USA Springer, Aquatic Sciences 79(2):291-307. doi:10.1007/s00027-016-0497-9
Ferster, C.J., B.N.I. Eskelson, D.W. Andison, and V.M. LeMay (2016). Vegetation mortality within natural wildfire events in the western Canadian boreal forest: what burns and why? MDPI Forests 7(9):187
Eskelson, B.N.I., V.J. Monleon, J.S. Fried (2016). A 6 year longitudinal study of post-fire woody carbon dynamics in California's forests NRC Research Press Canadian Journal of Forest Research 46:610-620
Hagar, J.C., B.N.I. Eskelson, P.K. Haggerty, S.K. Nelson, and D.G. Vesley (2014). Modeling marbled murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) habitat using LiDAR-derived canopy data Wildlife Society Bulletin 38(2):237–249
Azuma, D., B.N.I. Eskelson, J. Thompson (2014). Effects of rural residential development on forest communities in Oregon and Washington, USA Forest Ecology and Management 330:183-191
Eskelson, B.N.I., P.D. Anderson, and H. Temesgen (2013). Modeling relative humidity in headwater forests using correlation with air temperature Northwest Science 87(1):40-58
Barrett, T.M., G. Latta, P.E. Hennon, B.N.I. Eskelson, and H. Temesgen (2012). Host-parasite distributions under changing climate: Tsuga heterophylla and Arceuthobium tsugense in Alaska Canadian Journal of Forest Research 42:642-656
Eskelson, B.N.I., H. Temesgen, and J.C. Hagar (2012). A comparison of selected parametric and imputation methods for estimating snag density and snag quality attributes Forest Ecology and Management 272:26-34
Marquardt, T., H. Temesgen, P.D. Anderson, and B.N.I. Eskelson (2012). Evaluation of sampling methods to quantify abundance of hardwoods and snags with conifer dominated riparian zones Annals of Forest Science 69:821-828
Eskelson, B.N.I., P.D. Anderson, J.C. Hagar, and H. Temesgen (2011). Geostatistical modeling of riparian forest microclimate and its implications for sampling Canadian Journal of Forest Research 41:974-985
Eskelson, B.N.I., L. Madsen, J.C. Hagar, and H. Temesgen (2011). Estimating riparian understory vegetation cover with beta regression and copula models Forest Science 57(3):212-221
Temesgen, H., B.N.I. Eskelson, D.M. Adams, T.C. Maness, and H.E. Burkhart (2011). Teaching in contemporary forest resources curricula: Applications to the teaching of forest measurements and biometrics Journal of Forestry 109(7):371-377
Eskelson, B.N.I., H.Temesgen, T.M. Barrett, V. LeMay, N.L. Crookston, and A.T. Hudak (2009). The roles of nearest neighbor methods in imputing missing data in forest inventory and monitoring databases Taylor & Francis Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 24(3): 235-246.
Eskelson, B.N.I., H. Temesgen, and T.M. Barrett (2009). Estimating current forest attributes from paneled inventory data using plot-level imputation: a study from the Pacific Northwest Forest Science 55(1):64-71
Eskelson, B.N.I., H. Temesgen, and T.M. Barrett (2009). Estimating cavity tree and snag abundance using negative binomial regression models and nearest neighbor imputation methods Canadian Journal of Forest Research 39:1749-1765
Eskelson, B.N.I., T.M. Barrett, and H. Temesgen (2009). Imputing mean annual change to estimate current forest attributes Silva Fennica 43(4):649-658
Eskelson, B.N.I., H. Temesgen, and T.M. Barrett. (2008). Comparison of stratified and non-stratified most similar neighbour imputation for estimating stand tables Forestry 81:125-134