Laura Leites

Associate Research Professor of Quantitative Forest Ecology

Laura Leites

Research Summary

Adaptation to climate in forest trees, seed movement under a changing climate, forest ecosystem modeling.

Huck Affiliations

Publication Tags

Climate Climate Change Provenance Modeling Oak Cold Tolerance Population Genetics Cline Pinus Ponderosa Pseudotsuga Menziesii Test Land Use Quercus Temperature Growth Response Regeneration Acer Rubrum Reforestation Cold Testing Trade Off Harvest North America Winter Genotype

Most Recent Papers

Ecological genetics of Juglans nigra

Lauren Onofrio, Gary Hawley, Laura P. Leites, 2021, Ecology and Evolution

Uncertainty in the modelled mortality of two tree species (Fraxinus) under novel climatic regimes

Kim C. Steiner, Lake E. Graboski, Jennifer L. Berkebile, Songlin Fei, Laura P. Leites, 2021, Diversity and Distributions

The importance of land-use legacies for modeling present-day species distributions

Xin Chen, Laura Leites, 2020, Landscape Ecology on p. 2759-2775

Patchy landscapes support more plant diversity and ecosystem services than wood grasslands in Mediterranean silvopastoral agroforestry systems

Simonetta Bagella, Maria Carmela Caria, Giovanna Seddaiu, Laura Leites, Pier Paolo Roggero, 2020, Agricultural Systems

New Seed-Collection Zones for the Eastern United States: The Eastern Seed Zone Forum

Carolyn Pike, Kevin Potter, Paul Berrang, Barbara Crane, Joanne Baggs, Laura Leites, Tom Luther, 2020, Journal of Forestry on p. 444-451

Adaptation to climate in five eastern North America broadleaf deciduous species: Growth clines and evidence of the growth-cold tolerance trade-off

Laura P. Leites, Gerald E. Rehfeldt, Kim C. Steiner, 2019, Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics on p. 64-72

Insights on the use of decision-support tools to sustain forest ecosystems from a case study in Pennsylvania, USA

Joshua Rittenhouse, Laura Leites, Kelly Derham, Scott Miller, 2018, Journal of Forestry on p. 391-395

Modeling and simulation of tree spatial patterns in an oak-hickory forest with a modular, hierarchical spatial point process framework

Andrew J. Lister, Laura P. Leites, 2018, Ecological Modelling on p. 37-45

Role of population genetics in guiding ecological responses to climate

Gerald E. Rehfeldt, Laura P. Leites, Dennis G. Joyce, Aaron R. Weiskittel, 2018, Global Change Biology on p. 858-868

Limitations on regeneration potential after even-aged harvests in mixed-oak stands

Anthony J. Campbell, Kim C. Steiner, James J. Finley, Laura Leites, 2015, Forest Science on p. 874-881

Most-Cited Papers

Height-growth response to climatic changes differs among populations of Douglas-fir

Laura P. Leites, Andrew P. Robinson, Gerald E. Rehfeldt, John D. Marshall, Nicholas L. Crookston, 2012, Ecological Applications on p. 154-165

Comparative genetic responses to climate for the varieties of Pinus ponderosa and Pseudotsuga menziesii: Realized climate niches

Gerald E. Rehfeldt, Barry C. Jaquish, Javier López-Upton, Cuauhtémoc Sáenz-Romero, J. Bradley St Clair, Laura P. Leites, Dennis G. Joyce, 2014, Forest Ecology and Management on p. 126-137

Comparative genetic responses to climate in the varieties of pinus ponderosa and pseudotsuga menziesii: Reforestation

Gerald E. Rehfeldt, Barry C. Jaquish, Cuauhtémoc Sáenz-Romero, Dennis G. Joyce, Laura P. Leites, J. Bradley St Clair, Javier López-Upton, 2014, Forest Ecology and Management on p. 147-157

Comparative genetic responses to climate in the varieties of Pinus ponderosa and Pseudotsuga menziesii: Clines in growth potential

Gerald E. Rehfeldt, Laura P. Leites, J. Bradley St Clair, Barry C. Jaquish, Cuauhtémoc Sáenz-Romero, Javier López-Upton, Dennis G. Joyce, 2014, Forest Ecology and Management on p. 138-146

Possibilities and limitations of using historic provenance tests to infer forest species growth responses to climate change

Laura P. Leites, Gerald E. Rehfeldt, Andrew P. Robinson, Nicholas L. Crookston, Barry Jaquish, 2012, Natural Resource Modelling on p. 409-433

Role of population genetics in guiding ecological responses to climate

Gerald E. Rehfeldt, Laura P. Leites, Dennis G. Joyce, Aaron R. Weiskittel, 2018, Global Change Biology on p. 858-868

Modeling mensurational relationships of plantation-grown loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) in Uruguay

Laura P. Leites, Ane Zubizarreta-Gerendiain, Andrew P. Robinson, 2013, Forest Ecology and Management on p. 455-462

Estimating Canopy Height of Deciduous Forests at a Regional Scale with Leaf-Off, Low Point Density LiDAR

K. M. Brubaker, S. E. Johnson, J. Brinks, L. P. Leites, 2014, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing on p. 123-134

Adaptation to climate in five eastern North America broadleaf deciduous species: Growth clines and evidence of the growth-cold tolerance trade-off

Laura P. Leites, Gerald E. Rehfeldt, Kim C. Steiner, 2019, Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics on p. 64-72

Limitations on regeneration potential after even-aged harvests in mixed-oak stands

Anthony J. Campbell, Kim C. Steiner, James J. Finley, Laura Leites, 2015, Forest Science on p. 874-881