Margot Wilkinson Kaye, Ph.D.

Margot Wilkinson Kaye, Ph.D.

  • Interim Department Head and Professor of Forest Ecology
303 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Global change ecology
  • Forest ecology
  • Dendrochronology
  • Community ecology


  • B.A. University of Virginia 1993
  • M.S. University of Arizona 1997
  • Ph.D. Colorado State University 2002

Academic Interests

Vegetation dynamics; global change ecology; interactions among vegetation, climate and human land use; dendrochronology; disturbance history; environmental change.

Courses Taught

FOR203: Field dendrology, Fall

FOR320: Forest fire management and ecology, Spring

FOR597: Introduction to tree-ring methods, Intermittent

Research themes

  • Northeastern forest regeneration and global change

  • Impacts of woody shrub invasion on eastern forest dynamics

  • Late-successional forest in the eastern US

  • Drivers of aboveground primary productivity in a temperate watershed

  • Climate, fire, and ecology of semi-arid pine forest in western US and Iberian Peninsula

  • Long-term and broad scale dynamics of quaking aspen in the western US

  • See my lab website for more information about projects, publications, and people