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Rose-Marie Muzika

Rose-Marie Muzika, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Forestry

203 ABNR
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-8835


Disturbance ecology of oak dominated forests


Forest Ecology, Forest Health & Protection, Forest Ecology Field Studies

Specific Emphasis

Dr. Muzika's research emphasizes disturbance ecology; particularly long-term changes in forest composition and processes as influenced by both natural and anthropogenic disturbances. Current research efforts within the broad topic of disturbance ecology include the effects of non-indigenous organisms on forest succession and the role of silviculture in moderating such effects. In an attempt to predict the resilience of specific forest types to disturbance, other ongoing research includes studies of the variability of recovery from disturbance and the influence of ecosystem type on the success of establishment of exotic organisms. Understanding plant species distribution and abundance, pre-settlement vegetation, interactions of climate and disturbance, and assessing site-related tree growth and stand development represent other fundamental questions of interest.

Selected Publications

  • Unger, I.M., R.M. Muzika, P.P. Motavalli, and J. Kabrick. 2008. Evaluation of Continuous In Situ Monitoring of Soil Changes with Varying Flooding Regimes. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis 39:1600-1619.
  • Voelker, S.L., R.M. Muzika, and R.P. Guyette. 2008. An investigation of individual tree and stand level factors that influence growth, vigor and decline of red oaks in the Ozarks. Forest Science 54:8-20.
  • Unger, I.M., and R.M. Muzika. 2008. Influence of Microtopography on Soil Chemistry and Understory Riparian Vegetation. In: Proceedings of the 16th Central Hardwood Forest Conference. e-Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-24. Jacobs, D.F. and Michler, C.H. Eds. April 8-9, 2008; Lafayette, IN.
  • Duchamp, J.E., M.D. Yates, R.M. Muzika and R.K. Swihart. 2006. Estimating probabilities of detection for bat echolocation calls: an application of the double observer method. Wildlife Society Bulletin 34:408-412.
  • Guyette, R.P., M. C. Stambaugh, A. Lupo, R.M. Muzika and D.C. Dey. 2006. Oak growth in Midwestern North America linked with post glacial climate epochs in the North Atlantic. PAGES news 14:21-22.
  • Guyette, R.P., M. C. Stambaugh, R.M. Muzika and E.R. McMurry. 2006. Fire history at the southwestern great plains margin, Capulin Volcano National Monument. Great Plains Research 16:161-172.
  • Voelker, S.L., R.M. Muzika, R.P. Guyette, and M.C. Stambaugh, 2006. Historic CO2 Enhancement declines with age in Quercus and Pinus . Ecological Monographs 76(4): 549-564.
  • Muzika, R.M., S.T. Grushecky, A.M. Liebhold, and R.L. Smith. 2004. Using thinning as a management tool for gypsy moth: the influence on small mammal abundance. Forest Ecology and Management 192:349-359
  • Muzika, R.M., R.P. Guyette, T. Zielonka, and A. M. Liebhold. 2004. The influence of O3, NO2 and SO2 on growth of Picea abies and Fagus sylvatica in the Carpathian Mountains. Environmental Pollution 130: 65-71
  • Muzika,R.M., R.P. Guyette, T. Zielonka, and A.M. Liebhold. 2002. The influence of air pollution on tree growth in the Carpathian Mountains. pages 185-193 from: Effects of Air Pollution on Forest Health and Biodiversity in Forest of the Carpathian Mountains. NATO Scientific Affairs Division; IOS Press, Amsterdam.
  • Guyette,R.P., R.M.Muzika and D.C. Dey. 2002. Dynamics of an anthropogenic fire regime. Ecosystems 5:472-486.
  • Stambaugh, M.C., R.M. Muzika and R.P. Guyette. 2002. Disturbance and Vegetation Dynamics in old -growth shortleaf pine (Pinus echinata Mill.) forest within the Ozark Highlands, Missouri. Natural Areas Journal 28:108-119.
  • Guyette, R.P., W.G. Cole, D.C. Dey, and R.M. Muzika. 2002. Age distributions of large woody debris in riparian carbon pools. Canadian Journal od Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 59(3):578-585
  • Muzika, R.M., A.M. Liebhold, and M.J. Twery. 2000. Dynamics of twolined chestnut borer as influenced by gypsy moth defoliation and selection thinning. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 2:283-289.
  • Muzika, R.M. and A. M. Liebhold. 2000. A critique of silvicultural approaches to managing defoliating insects in North America. Agriculture and Forest Entomology 2 (2): 97-105
  • Liebhold, A.M., J. S. Elkinton, D.W. Williams, R.M. Muzika. 2000. What causes outbreaks of gypsy moth in North America? Researches in Population Ecology 42:257-266.
  • Muzika,R.M. and A.M Liebhold. 1999. Changes in radial increment in host and non-host tree species with gypsy moth defoliation. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 29:1365-1373.
  • Muzika, R.M. A.M. Liebhold and K.W. Gottschalk. 1998. The effects of silvicultural management on gypsy moth dynamics and impact: an eight year study. Pp:261-268 in: Proceedings: population dynamics, impacts and integrated management of forest defoliating insects. M.L. McManus and A.M. Liebhold (eds.) USDA Forest Service General Technical Report NE-247.
  • Liebhold, A.M., R.M. Muzika, and K.W. Gottschalk. 1998. Does forest thinning affect gypsy moth dynamics? Forest Science 44:239-245.
  • Muzika, R.M., S.L. Stephenson, H.S. Adams, D.M. Lawrence, and G.W. Miller. 1998. Patterns of overstory composition on the Fernow Experimental Forest and adjacent portions of Otter Creek Wilderness area. Appalachian Biogeography. Publication of the Virginia Museum of Natural History.
  • Muzika, R.M. and A.M. Liebhold. 1997. Ecological effects of introduced species in North America. Acta Phytopathologica et Entomologica Hungarica 32:161-170.
  • Muzika, R.M., A.M. Liebhold and K.W. Gottschalk. 1997. Silvicultural methods of Lymantria dispar L. management: effects on Agrilus bilineatus (Weber) populations. Pp. 9-14 in: Proceedings: Integrating cultural tactics into the management of bark beetle and reforestation pests. Gregoire et al. (eds.) USDA General Technical Report NE-236.
  • Muzika, R.M and M.J. Twery. 1997. Early-Season Activity and Habitat Characteristics of Terricolous Spider Families (Araneae) in an Appalachian Oak-Mixed Hardwood Forest. Environmental Entomology 26:497-506.
  • Muzika, R.M., R. Hunsucker and T. Demeo. 1996. Botanical reconnaissance of Big Run Bog candidate research natural area. USDA Forest Service Northeastern Forest Experiment Station General Technical Report NE-223.
  • Muzika, R.M. and M.J. Twery. 1995. Woody species regeneration following defoliation and thinning in shardwood stands of north-central West Virginia. Proceedings of the 10th Central Hardwoods Forest Conference pp.326-340.
  • Muzika, R.M. 1993. Terpenes and phenolics in response to nitrogen fertilization: a test of the carbon/nutrient balance hypothesis. Chemoecology 4:3-7.
  • Muzika, R.M. and K.S. Pregitzer. 1992. Effect of nitrogen fertilization on leaf phenolic production of grand fir seedlings. Trees - Structure and Function 6:241-244.
  • Muzika, R.M., C.L. Campbell, A.L. Smith and J.W. Hanover. 1990. Comparison of techniques for extracting volatile chemicals from conifer needles. Journal of Chemical Ecology 16:2713-2722.
  • Muzika, R.M, K.S. Pregitzer and J.W. Hanover. 1989. Changes in terpene production with fertilization of grand fir (Abies grandis) seedlings. Oecologia 80:485-489.
  • Muzika, R.M, J.B. Gladden, and J.D. Haddock. 1987. Structural and functional aspects of succession in Southeastern floodplain forests following a major disturbance. American Midland Naturalist 117:1-9.
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