Jeffrey A. Hicke

Department of Earth and Spatial Sciences
McClure Hall Room 307C
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID 83844-3021
jhicke [at]

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My broad interests are to understand global environmental change issues, especially climate change and biodiversity loss. I study the responses of plants and animals to these changes as well as how ecosystems affect climate change through carbon cycling and biogeophysical processes. I am also interested in patterns, controlling factors, and effects of forest disturbances, particularly insect outbreaks. My research incorporates a range of spatial scales, from plot to global, and temporal scales, from daily to century. I utilize a combination of tools including remote sensing, geographic information systems, process and statistical modeling (ecosystem and insect population), and field measurements to investigate these questions.


Teaching (note: later classes have been put on UI's learning management system to better serve students; contact me if you want course materials)


Representative Publications (see CV for full list)

Anderegg, W. R. L., O. S. Chegwidden, G. Badgley, A. T. Trugman, D. Cullenward, J. T. Abatzoglou, J. A. Hicke, J. Freeman, and J. J. Hamman, Future climate risks from stress, insects and fire across US forests, Ecology Letters,, 2022.

Ren, J., J. Adam, J. A. Hicke, E. Hanan, N. Tague, M. Liu, C. Kolden, and J. T. Abatzoglou, How does water yield respond to mountain pine beetle infestation in a semiarid forest?, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 25, 4681-4699, 2021.

Ye, S., J. Rogan, Z. Zhu, T. J. Hawbaker, S. J. Hart, R. A. Andrus, A. J. H. Meddens, J. A. Hicke, J. R. Eastman, and D. Kulakowski, Detecting subtle change from dense Landsat time series: case studies of mountain pine beetle and spruce beetle disturbance, Remote Sensing of Environment, 263, 112560, 2021.

Anderson, S. M., L. S. Heath, M. R. Emery, J. A. Hicke, J. Littell, A. Lucier, J. G. Masek, D. L. Peterson, R. Pouyat, K. M. Potter, G. Robertson, and J. Sperry, Developing a set of indicators to identify, monitor, and track impacts and change in forests of the United States, Climatic Change, 165, 13, 2021.

Xu, B., J. A. Hicke, and J. T. Abatzoglou, Drought and moisture availability and recent western spruce budworm outbreaks in the western United States, Forests, 10, 354, 2019.

Janousek, W. M., J. A. Hicke, A. J. H. Meddens, and V. J. Dreitz, The effects of mountain pine beetle outbreaks on avian communities in lodgepole pine forests across the greater Rocky Mountain region, Forest Ecology and Management, 444, 374-381, 2019.

Morris, J. L, S. Cottrell, C. J. Fettig, W. D. Hansen, R. L. Sherriff, V. A. Carter, J. Clear, J. Clement, R. J. DeRose, J. A. Hicke, P. E. Higuera, K. M. Mattor, A. W. R. Seddon, H. Sepp, J. D. Stednick, and S. J. Seybold, Bark beetles as catalysts of change in social-ecological systems, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 16, S34-S43, 2018.

Hicke, J. A., J. T. Abatzoglou, S. Daley-Laursen, J. Esler, and L. E. Parker, Using scientific conferences to engage the public on climate change, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 98, 225-230, 2017.

Buotte, P. C., J. A. Hicke, H. K. Preisler, J. T. Abatzoglou, K. F. Raffa, and J. A. Logan, Climate influences on whitebark pine mortality from mountain pine beetle in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Ecological Applications, 26, 2505-2522, 2016.

Kolb, T. E., C. J. Fettig, B. J. Bentz, J. E. Stewart, A. S. Weed, J. A. Hicke, and M. P. Ayres, Observed and anticipated impacts of drought on forest insects and diseases in the United States, Forest Ecology and Management, 380, 321-334, 2016.

Olsoy, P. J., K. A. Zeller, J. A. Hicke, H. B. Quigley, A. R. Rabinowitz, and D. H. Thornton, Quantifying the effects of deforestation and fragmentation on a range-wide conservation plan for jaguars, Biological Conservation, 203, 8-16, 2016.

Buotte, P., D. L Peterson, K. S. McKelvey, and J. A. Hicke, Capturing subregional variability in regional-scale climate change vulnerability assessments of natural resources, Journal of Environmental Management, 169, 313-318, 2016.

Anderegg, W. R. L., J. A. Hicke, R. A. Fisher, C. D. Allen, J. Aukema, B. Bentz, S. Hood, J. W. Lichstein, A. K. Macalady, N. McDowell, Y. Pan, K. Raffa, A. Sala, J. D. Shaw, N. L. Stephenson, C. Tague, and M. Zeppel, Tree mortality from drought, insects, and their interactions in a changing climate, New Phytologist, 208, 674-683, 2015.

Halmy, M. W. A., P. E. Gessler, J. A. Hicke, and B. B. Salem, Land use/land cover change detection and prediction in the north-western coastal desert of Egypt using Markov-CA, Applied Geography, 63, 101-112, 2015.

Meddens, A. J. H., J. A. Hicke, A. K. Macalady, P. C. Buotte, T. R. Cowles, and C. D. Allen, Patterns and causes of observed piņon pine mortality in the southwestern United States, Tansley Insight in New Phytologist, 206, 91-97, 2015.

Meddens, A. J. H. and J. A. Hicke, Spatial and temporal patterns of Landsat-based detection of tree mortality caused by a mountain pine beetle outbreak in Colorado, USA, Forest Ecology and Management, 322, 78-88, 2014.

Creeden, E. P., J. A. Hicke, and P. C. Buotte, Climate, weather, and recent mountain pine beetle outbreaks in the western United States, Forest Ecology and Management, 312, 239-251, 2014.

Hicke, J. A., A. J. H. Meddens, C. D. Allen, and C. A. Kolden, Carbon stocks of trees killed by bark beetles and wildfire in the western United States, Environmental Research Letters, 8, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/3/035032, 2013.

Stamper, T. J., J. A. Hicke, M. Jennings, and J. Aycrigg, Spatial and temporal patterns of changes in protected areas across the southwestern United States, Biodiversity and Conservation, 22, 343-356, 2013.

Meddens, A. J. H., J. A. Hicke, and C. Ferguson, Spatiotemporal patterns of observed bark beetle-caused tree mortality in British Columbia and the western United States, Ecological Applications, 22, 1876-1891, 2012.

Hicke, J. A., M. C. Johnson, J. L. Hayes, and H. K. Preisler, Effects of bark beetle-caused tree mortality on wildfire, Forest Ecology and Management, 271, 81-90, 2012.

Hicke, J. A., C. D. Allen, A. Desai, M. Dietze, R. J. Hall, E. T. Hogg, D. Kashian, D. Moore, K. Raffa, R. Sturrock, and J. Vogelmann, Effects of biotic disturbances on forest carbon cycling in the United States and Canada, Global Change Biology, 18, 7-34, 2012.

Pfeifer, E. M., J. A. Hicke, and A. J. H. Meddens, Observations and modeling of aboveground tree carbon stocks and fluxes following a bark beetle outbreak in the western United States, Global Change Biology, 7, 339-350, 2011.

Hicke, J. A., J. Slusser, K. Lantz, and F. G. Pascual, Trends and interannual variability in surface UV-B radiation over 8 to 11 years observed across the United States, Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, D21302, doi:10.1029/2008JD009826, 2008.

Hicke, J. A., J. C. Jenkins, D. S. Ojima, and M. Ducey, Spatial patterns of forest characteristics in the western United States derived from inventories, Ecological Applications, 17, 2387-2402, 2007.

Hicke, J. A., NCEP and GISS solar radiation data sets available for ecosystem modeling: Description, differences, and impacts on net primary production, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 19, GB2006, doi:10.1029/2004GB002391, 2005.

Hicke, J. A., and D. B. Lobell, Spatiotemporal patterns of cropland area and net primary production in the central United States estimated from USDA agricultural information, Geophysical Research Letters, 31, L20502, doi:10.1029/2004GL020927, 2004.

Hicke, J. A., G. P. Asner, E. S. Kasischke, N. H. F. French, J. T. Randerson, B. J. Stocks, C. J. Tucker, S. O. Los, and C. B. Field, Postfire response of North American net primary productivity analyzed with satellite observations, Global Change Biology, 9, 1145-1157, 2003.

Hicke, J. A., G. P. Asner, J. T. Randerson, S. Los, R. Birdsey, J. C. Jenkins, C. Tucker, C. Field, Trends in North American net primary productivity derived from satellite observations, 1982-1998, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 16, 10.1029/2001GB001550, 2002a.

Hicke, J., and A. Tuck, Polar stratospheric cloud impacts on Antarctic stratospheric heating rates, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 127, 1645-1658, 2001.

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