Dan Kashian

Dan Kashian

Associate Professor
Director, Environmental Sciences Program


313-577-6891 (fax)


3107 Biological Sciences

Curriculum Vitae



Dan Kashian

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  •  Forest and Landscape Ecology; Disturbances in Forested Ecosystems


My research focuses on the ecology of terrestrial ecosystems and the influence of disturbances in shaping the distribution and spatial heterogeneity of plant communities and ecosystems.  Much of my work attempts to understand how the combination of site factors, biotic interactions, naural disturbances, and and humans affect landscape patterns and ecosystems processes in forests.  Nearly all of my work is field-based, supplemented by GIS, remote sensing, and simulation modeling.   

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • PhD, 2002, University of Wisconsin, Zoology/Forest Ecology and Management
  • MS, 1998, University of Michigan, Forest Ecology
  • BS, 1993, University of Michigan, Natural Resources

Awards and Grants

  •  Grants:

    US Fish and Wildlife Service: Ecological inventory and classification of the Shiawassee Natural Wildlife Refuge.  2017-2019.  Sole PI.

    Joint Fire Sciences Program: Assessing 30 years of change in vegetation and fuels following wildfire in jack pine forests of northern Lower Michigan.  2015-2018.  Sole PI.

    USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative:  A silvicultural system for conserving biodiversity and enhancing ecosystem services in xeric jack pine forests of the Lake States Region.  20105-2018.  Co-PI.

    US Department of Agriculture:  Forecasting carbon storage of eastern forests: Can American chestnut restoration improve carbon storage potential in an uncertain future?  2011-2013.  Co-PI.

    USDA Forest Service: Evaluating the impacts of emerald ash borer and biological ciontrol on ash mortality, health, and recovery in southeastern Michigan.  2012-2017.  Co-PI.

    Joint Fire Sciences Program: Integrating fuels reductions, barrens restoration, and plantation structural enhancement in endangered Kirtland's warbler habitat management.  2010-2013.  Co-PI.

    US Fish and Wildlife Service:  A multi-scaled geographic assessment of upland sandpiper occupancy and habitat use.  2010-2013.  Co-PI.

    USDA Forest Service:  Drought-related mortality and growth decline in aspen forests.  2009-2014.  Co-PI.

     Awards and Honors:

    Wayne State University Presidential Teaching Award, 2015.

    WSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Career Chair Development Award, 2014.

    WSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Award, 2010.

Selected Publications


Kashian, D.M.*, J.R. Sosin, P.W. Huber, M.M. Tucker, and J. Dombrowski.  2017.  A neutral modeling approach for designing spatially heterogeneous jack pine plantations in northern Lower Michigan.  Landscape Ecology, in press.

Spei, B.A., and D.M. Kashian*.  2017.  Potential for persistence of blue ash in the presence of emerald ash borer in southeastern Michigan.  Forest Ecology and Management, in press.

Costanza, K.K.L., W.H. Livingston, D.M. Kashian, R.A. Slesak, J.C. Tardiff, J.P. Drech, A.K. Diamond, J.J. Daigle, D.J. Ranco, N.W. Siegert, J. Neptune, L. Benedict, S. Fraver, and M. Reinikainen.  2017.  The precarious state of a cultural keystone species: Biological and tribal assessments of the role and future of black ash.  Journal of Forestry, in press.

Tucker, M.M., R.G. Corace III, D.T. Cleland, and D.M. Kashian*. 2016. Long term effects of managing for an endangered songbird on the heterogeneity of a fire-prone landscape. Landscape Ecology 31: 2445-2458.

Kashian, D.M.* 2016.  Sprouting and seed production may promote persistence of green ash in the presence of the emerald ash borer.  Ecosphere 7: e01332.

Binkley, D., and D.M. Kashian. 2015. Tree-level patterns of lodgepole pine growth and leaf area in Yellowstone National Park: explaining anomalous patterns of growth dominance within stands. Ecosystems 18: 251-259.

de Bruijn, A., E.J. Gutafson, D.M. Kashian, H.J. Dalgleish, B.R. Sturtevant, and D.F. Jacobs. 2014. Decomposition rates of American chestnut (Castanea dentata) wood and implications for coarse woody debris pools. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 44: 1575-85.

Kashian, D.M.*, W.H. Romme, D.B. Tinker, M.G. Turner, and M.G. Ryan. 2013. Post-fire changes in forest carbon storage over a 300-year chronosequence of Pinus contorta-dominated forests. Ecological Monographs 83: 49-66.

Kashian, D.M.*, R.G. Corace, L.M. Shartell, D. Donner, and P. Huber. 2012. Variability and persistence of post-fire biological legacies in jack pine-dominated forests of northern Lower Michigan. Forest Ecology and Management 263: 148–158.

Kashian, D.M.*, R.M. Jackson, and H.D. Lyons. 2011. Forest structure altered by mountain pine beetle outbreaks affects subsequent attack in a Wyoming lodgepole pine forest, USA. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 41: 2403-2412.

Kashian, D.M.*, and J.A. Witter.  2011.  Assessing the potential for ash canopy tree replacement via current regeneration following emerald ash borer-caused mortality on southeastern Michigan landscapes.  Forest Ecology and Management 261: 480-488.





Currently Teaching

  •  I am on sabbatical during Winter Term 2017.

Courses taught

 Bio 5540/7540: Ecosystem and Landscape Ecology.  3 cr.

Bio 5440/7440: Terrestrial Ecology.  4 cr.

Bio 5180/7180: Biology of Trees and Shrubs.  4 cr.

Bio 1500:  Basic Life Diversity.  4 cr.