James McIver

Associate Professor, (Sr Res)

Research Interests: Forest and Range Ecology and Management & Insect Ecology

EOARC - Union Station
372 South 10th Street
Union, OR 97883

Office Phone: 541-562-5396
Fax:  541-562-5348

Email: James McIver


Mailing Address:
P.O. Box E
Union, OR 97883  



Ph.D - 1983 - Entomology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
M.S. - 1978 - Biology, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID
B.S. -1975 - Biology, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO 



  • Blom, P., J.D. McIver. 2011. Geostatistics predicts ant nest location in the central Great Basin. Journal Arid Environments, In preparation.
  • Macke, E., J.D. McIver, K. Erickson. 2011. Short-term response of butterflies to restoration treatments in sagebrush steppe lands. Journal Research Lepidoptera, In preparation.
  • McIver, J.D., P. Blom. 2011. Factors behind harvester ant nest density in the Great Basin and surrounding areas. Rangeland Ecology and Management, In preparation.
  • McIver, J.D., K. Erickson, P. Blom, E. Macke. 2011. Ant community structure in relation to woodland invasion in the Great Basin. Rangeland Ecology and Management. In preparation.


  • Erickson K, R Thorp, JD McIver (2010). Pollinators of the invasive plant sulfur cinquefoil (Potentilla recta) and co-occurring native cinquefoils (Potentilla gracilis) in northeastern Oregon, U.S.A. In Preparation.
  • McIver JD, C Fettig (2010). Ecological consequences of alternative fuel reduction treatments in seasonally dry forests: the national fire and fire surrogate study. Forest Science 56:2-3.
  • McIver JD, CP Weatherspoon (2010). On conducting a multi-site, multi-disciplinary forestry research project: lessons from the national fire and fire surrogate study. Forest Science, 56:4-17.
  • McIver JD, M Brunson, S Bunting, J Chambers, N Devoe, P Doescher, J Grace, D Johnson, S Knick, R Miller, M Pellant, F Pierson, D Pyke,  K Rollins, B Roundy, G Schupp, R Tausch, D Turner (2010). SageSTEP: A Regional Experiment to Evaluate Effects of Fire and Fire Surrogate Treatments in the Sagebrush Biome. General Technical Report, RMRS-GTR-237, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Ft. Collins, CO.
  • McIver JD, F Grevstad (2010). Natural enemies of invasive knotweeds in the Pacific Northwest. Forest Health Report, FHTET-2010-02, U.S. Forest Service, Northern Region, 39 pages.
  • Miller, R.E., J.D. McIver, S.W. Howes, W.B. Gaeuman. 2010. Assessment of soil disturbance in forests of the interior Columbia River Basin: a critique. General Technical Report, PNW-GTR-811, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Portland, OR.


  • McInnis ML, JD McIver (2009). Timing of cattle grazing alters impacts on streambanks in an Oregon mountain watershed. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation In Press.
  •  McIver, J., A. Youngblood, and S.L. Stephens. 2009. The national fire and fire surrogate study: ecological consequences of fuel reduction methods in seasonally dry forests. Ecological Applications. 19:283-284. 
  •  McIver JD, R Thorp, K Erickson (2009). Pollinators of the invasive plant yellow starthistle (Centaurea solstitialis) in northeastern Oregon, U.S.A. Weed Biology and Management 9:137-145.
  • Schwilk DW, JE Keeley, EE Knapp, JD McIver, JD Bailey, C Fettig, CE Fiedler, RJ Harrod, JJ Moghaddas, KW Outcalt, CN Skinner, SL Stephens, TA Waldrop, DA Yaussey, and A Youngblood. (2009). The national fire and fire surrogate study: effects of alternative fuel reduction methods on forest vegetation structure and fuels. Ecological Applications 19:285-304.
  • Stephens SL, JJ Moghaddas, C Edminster, CE Fiedler, S Haase, M Harrington, JE Keeley, E Knapp, JD McIver, K Metlen, C Skinner, A Youngblood. (2009). Fire and fire surrogate treatment effects on vegetation structure, fuels, and potential fire behavior and severity from six western United States coniferous forests. Ecological Applications 19:305-320.
  • Youngblood A, J Grace, JD McIver (2009). Delayed mortality of ponderosa pine in northeastern Oregon: structural equation modeling of causal factors. Ecological Applications 19:321-337.


  • Hartsough BR, S Abrams, J Barbour, ES Drews, J McIver, J Moghaddas, DW Schwilk, SL Stephens (2008). The economics of alternative fuel reduction treatments in western dry forests: financial and policy implications from the National Fire and Fire Surrogate Study. Forest Policy and Economics 10:344-354.
  • McIver JD, REJ Boerner, S Hart. (2008). The national fire and fire surrogate study: ecological consequences of alternative fuel reduction methods in seasonally dry forests. Forest Ecology and Management 255:3075-3080.
  • Youngblood A, C Wright, R Ottmar, JD McIver (2008). Changes in fuelbed characteristics and resulting fire potentials after fuel reduction treatments in dry forests of the Blue Mountains, northeastern Oregon. Forest Ecology and Management 255:3151-3169.
  • Rinehart JE, ET Shryock, JD McIver, TR Torgersen, M Dryer (2008). Investigating RAPD-PCR Markers in Supercolonies of the Thatch Ant Formica obscuripes Forel (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): Detection of Genetic Heterogeneities Between Nests. Northwest Science In Press.


  • McIver JD, R Ottmar (2007). Fuel mass and stand structure after postfire logging of a severely burned ponderosa pine forest in northeastern Oregon. Forest Ecology and Management 238:268-279.
  • McIver JD, ML McInnis (2007). Cattle grazing effects on macroinvertebrates in an Oregon mountain stream. Range Ecology and Management 60:293-303.

Organizations and Affiliations:

  • Entomological Society of America
  •  International Union for the Study of Social Insects
  • Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society

Honors, Awards, and Certifications:

  • Joint Fire Science Program, A regional experiment to evaluate effects of fire and fire surrogate treatments in sagebrush biome (12.9 million), 2005-2010. 
  • Joint Fire Science Program, Supplemental project to the national Fire-Fire Surrogate Study -- Network Level Analysis ($296,000), 2004-present.
  •   Joint Fire Science Program , Designing a large-scale management experiment to address sagebrush steppe restoration issues ($103,000), 2003-present.
  • Joint Fire Science Program, Fire-Fire Surrogate Study ($13.4 million), 2000-present  
  • U.S.D.A. National Research Initiative, comparison of forest fuel reduction methods ($225,000); December 1996-present
  •  E.P.A. Agricultural in Concert with the Environment, cattle management techniques for riparian areas ($105,000); 1996-1999  
  •  National Fish and Wildlife Foundation development of an ecosystem management curriculum for K-12 ($45,000); 1992-1994
  •  Oregon Governor's Watershed Enhancement Program, seminar series on watersheds ($10,000); 1993  
  • National Science Foundation, Post-doctoral Grant, ecology of ant-mimicry ($27,000); December 1987--1989
  •  National Geographic Society, ecology of the western thatching ant ($16,000); 1987
  •  National Geographic Society, learning and memory in assassin bugs ($9,500); 1986

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado