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.

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Publication Tags

Climate Climate Change Provenance Cold Tolerance Pseudotsuga Menziesii Modeling Test Temperature Cline Pinus Ponderosa Land Use Genotype Reforestation Growth Response Testing Population Genetics Seed Forest Inventory Seeds Attribute North America Habitat Analysis Eastern United States Pine

Most Recent Papers

Ecological analysis of intraspecific variability of eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) under climate change by combining provenance and demographic data

Anantha Prasad, Laura Leites, 2022, Landscape Ecology on p. 109-128

Cost implications of cluster plot design choices for precise estimation of forest attributes in landscapes and forests of varying heterogeneity

Andrew J. Lister, Laura P. Leites, 2022, Canadian Journal of Forest Research on p. 188-200

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 on p. 1449-1461

Ecological genetics of Juglans nigra

Lauren Onofrio, Gary Hawley, Laura P. Leites, 2021, Ecology and Evolution on p. 7399-7410

Designing plots for precise estimation of forest attributes in landscapes and forests of varying heterogeneity

Andrew J. Lister, Laura P. Leites, 2021, Canadian Journal of Forest Research on p. 1569-1578

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 M. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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