Lynn M. Resler

Associate Professor


My teaching and research interests are quite diverse, but generally lie within the broad subdiscipline of ecological biogeography. I have emphasized most of my research efforts on spatial pattern-process relationships, with a particular interest in vegetation pattern and dynamics at mountain ecotones. A number of themes have emerged in my work including:

·        Coupled biogeographic-geomorphic systems

·        Dynamics of mountain ecotones, especially alpine treelines

·        Species interactions, invasive species, foundation and keystone species

·        Combining field methods with applications of geospatial techniques

I am intrigued by questions that address how local biophysical and biotic processes affect broader vegetation patterns. For example: how exotic and invasive diseases impact treeline response to climate warming; how fine-scale geomorphic processes and patterns influence seedling growth and ultimately treeline advance; and how historical land use impacts contemporary vegetation pattern, are examples of some of the questions that have driven my past and present work.  


·        Biogeography

·        Advanced Physical Geography

·        Mountain Geography

·        Polar Environments

·        Study Abroad and Field Experiences

Selected Professional Activities

·        Associate Editor at Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research; Editorial board member: Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Physical Geography, Southeastern Geographer.

·        Vice President and Program Coordinator, Southeastern Division of the American Association of Geographers (SEDAAG), 2017-present.

·        Past President and member, Biogeography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers

·        17+ years of field experience including the development of and leading undergraduate and graduate student research and learning experiences, including the following field courses: Antarctica: Humans and the Environment (2017); Mountain Environments: Mount Baker, Washington (2013); Sustainability in New Zealand (2009); North American Landscapes: Atlantic Provinces (2009). Multiple field data collection excursions within the Appalachian Mountains of the Eastern US and the Rocky Mountains of the US and Canada.

Selected Publications:
*indicates student author

*Aksha, S., Juran, L., and Resler, L.M. 2017. Spatial and temporal analysis of natural hazard mortality in Nepal. Environmental Hazards, 1-17.

Jin, X., Shao, Y., Zhang, Z., Resler, L.M., Campbell, J.B., Chen, G., and Zhou, Y. 2017. The evaluation of land consolidation policy in improving agricultural productivity in China. Scientific Reports 7.

Malanson, G.P., and Resler, L.M. 2015 Neighborhood functions alter unbalanced facilitation on a stress gradient. Journal of Theoretical Biology 365: 76-83.

Resler, L.M., Shao, Y., Tomback, D.F., and Malanson, G.P. 2014. Predicting functional role and occurrence of whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) at alpine treelines: Model accuracy and variable importance. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 104(4): 1-20.

Tomback, D.F., *Chipman, K.G., Resler, L.M., *Smith-McKenna, E. K. and C.M. Smith. 2014. Relative abundance and functional role of whitebark pine at treeline in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 46(2): 407-418.

*Smith-McKenna, E.K., Malanson, G.P, Resler, L.M., Carstensen, W., Prisley, S.P., and Tomback, D.F. 2014. Feedbacks, disease, and climate influences on treeline pattern and process: an agent-based model application. Environmental Modelling and Software 62: 85-96.

*Smith-McKenna, E.K., Resler, L.M., Tomback, D.F., Zhang, H., and Malanson, G.P. 2013. Topographic influences on the distribution of white pine blister rust in Pinus albicaulis treeline communities. ÉcoScience 20 (3): 215-229.

*Smith, E.K., Resler, L.M., Vance, E. Carstensen, W., and Kolivras, K. 2010. Modeling the incidence of white pine blister rust infection in whitebark pine at alpine treeline in the Northern Rocky Mountains using GIS. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 43(1): 107-117.

*McManamay, R., Resler, L.M., Campbell, J, and McManamay, R. 2011. Assessing the impacts of balsam woolly adelgid and anthropogenic disturbance on the stand structure and mortality of Fraser fir in the Black Mountains, North Carolina. Castenea 76(1).

*Stine, M.B., Resler, L.M. and Campbell, J. B. 2010. Vegetation and soil patterns of a Southern Appalachian, mountain wetland ecotone. Catena 86, 57-55.

Resler, L.M. and M.B. Stine*. 2009. Patterns and Processes of Tree Islands in Two Transitional Environments: Alpine-Treeline and Bog-Forest Ecotones. Geography Compass 3.

Resler, L.M., and Tomback, D.F. 2008. Blister rust prevalence in krummholz whitebark pine:  Implications for treeline dynamics.  Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 40(1): 161-170.

Tomback, D.F. and Resler L. M. 2007. Invasive pathogens at alpine treeline: complications and concerns. Physical Geography 28(5): 397-418.

Resler, Lynn M.  2006. Geomorphic Controls of Spatial Pattern and Process and Alpine Treeline . The Professional Geographer 58 (2), 124-138.

Resler, L.M., David R. Butler, and George P. Malanson. 2005. Topographic shelter and conifer establishment and mortality in an alpine environment, Glacier National Park, Montana. Physical Geography 26 (2):112-125.


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