JeriLynn (Jeri) E. Peck, Ph.D.
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My background is in plant community ecology in forested ecosystems and in the multivariate analyses used on such data, but I'm a synergistic thinker interested in the application of logic to study design and communication. At the moment, I provide trainings to ecologists in the art of multivariate community data analysis and collaborate with the Silviculture & Applied Forest Ecology Lab here at Penn State.
I teach short-courses on the appropriate use of multivariate data analysis in community ecology, specifically using the PC-ORD software. These trainings are intended to introduce multivariate statistical concepts, describe the classification, ordination, and other available tools, and train users in a defensible data analysis approach and process. The 2016 second edition of my book is meant to supplement these trainings or serve as a stand-alone tool for self-guidance.
I also collaborate with the Silviculture & Applied Forest Ecology Lab here at Penn State and consult on data analysis and scientific manuscript preparation and editing.
Between 1990 and 2010, I was immersed in field research on all aspects of commercial moss harvest. This included assessing species composition, biomass distribution, cover and biomass growth rates, post-harvest recovery dynamics, and alternative management approaches, mostly in western Oregon. Oregon State University now maintains the website on this topic.
Selected Annual Publications:
Zenner, E.K., J.E. Peck, M.L. Hobi, & B. Commarmot. 2016. Validation of a classification protocol: meeting the prospect requirement and ensuring distinctiveness when assigning forest development phases. Applied Vegetation Science 19:541-552.
Zenner, E.K., J.E. Peck, M.L. Hobi, & B. Commarmot. 2015. The dynamics of structure across scale in a primeval European beech stand. Forestry 88:180-189.
Peck, J.E., E.K. Zenner, P. Brang, and A. Zingg. 2014. Tree size distribution and abundance explain structural complexity differentially within stands of even- and uneven-aged structure types. European Journal of Forest Research 133:335-346.
Zenner, E.K., Y.L. Dickinson, and J.E. Peck. 2013. Recovery of forest structure and composition to harvesting in different strata of mixed even-aged central Appalachian hardwoods. Annals of Forest Science, 70:151-159.
Peck, J.E., E.K. Zenner, & B. Palik. 2012. Variation in microclimate and early growth of planted pines under dispersed and aggregated overstory retention in mature managed red pine in Minnesota. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 42(2):279-290.
Peck, J.E. & E.K. Zenner. 2011. Site Classification Systems could link social and ecological management constraints. The Journal of Forestry 109(2):95-100.
Peck, J.E. & A.R. Moldenke. 2010. Invertebrate communities of subcanopy epiphyte mats subject to commercial moss harvest. Journal of Insect Conservation 15(4):733-742.
Zenner, E.K. & J.E. Peck. 2009. Characterizing structural conditions in mature managed red pine: Spatial dependency of metrics and adequacy of plot size. Forest Ecology and Management 257:311-320.
Peck, J.E. & L.E. Frelich. 2008. Commercial moss harvest does not disrupt successional development of understory epiphytic bryophytes in the Pacific Northwest. Ecological Applications 18(1):146-158.
Peck, J.E. & P.S. Muir. 2007. Are they harvesting what we think they're harvesting? Comparing field data to commercially sold forest moss. Biodiversity and Conservation 16(7):2031-2043.
Peck, J.E. 2006. Regrowth dynamics of understory epiphytic bryophytes 10 years after simulated commercial moss harvest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 36:1749-1757.
Peck, J.E., J. Grabner, D. Ladd, & D. Larsen. 2004. Microhabitat affinities of Missouri Ozarks lichens. The Bryologist 107(1):47-61.
Peck, J.E. & P.S. Muir. 2001. Estimating the biomass of harvestable epiphytic moss in Central Western Oregon. Northwest Science 75(2):99-106.
Peck, J.E., B. Daly, B. McCune, & J. Ford. 2000. Tethered transplants for estimating biomass growth rates of the arctic lichen Masonhalea richardsonii. The Bryologist 103(3):449-454.
Peck, J.E. & B. McCune. 1998. Commercial moss harvest in northwestern Oregon: biomass & accumulation. Biological Conservation 86:299-305.
Peck, J.E. & B. McCune. 1997. Effects of green tree retention on epiphytic lichen communities: A retrospective approach. Ecological Applications 7(4):1181-1187.
Peck, J.E., W. Hong, & B. McCune. 1995. Diversity of bryophytes on four host tree species on Thermal Island, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada. The Bryologist 98(1):123-128.