Meet the Forestry Faculty

Michael C. Stambaugh

Michael C. Stambaugh, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor


  • Ph.D. 2008, University of Missouri


  • Fire Ecology
  • Dendrochronology
  • Forest Ecology and Management
  • Paleoclimatology

Research Summary

  • Stambaugh's research primarily concerns changes in forest ecosystems, both in time and space. Stambaugh is interested in documenting past changes in forests as a means for understanding potential future scenarios. His research commonly utilizes tree-rings because they are excellent archives based on their ability to: span long time periods (millennia), be precisely dated, and provide information at a sub-annual resolution. Currently he supervises research conducted by the Missouri Tree-Ring Laboratory (


  • Dendroecology
  • Fire and Forest Ecology

Selected Publications

  • Guyette, R.P., M.C. Stambaugh, D.C. Dey, and R. Muzika. 2012.
    Predicting ecosystem fire using the physical chemistry of climate. Ecosystems DOI: 10.1007/s10021-011-9512-0.
  • Voelker, S.L., P-E Noirot-Cosson, M.C. Stambaugh, E.R. McMurry, F.C. Meinzer, B. Gartner Lachenbruch, R.P. Guyette. 2012.
    Spring temperature responses of oaks are synchronous with North Atlantic conditions during last glaciations. Ecological Monographs doi:
  • Stambaugh, M.C., J. Sparks, R.P. Guyette, and G. Willson. 2011.
    Fire history of a relict oak woodland in northeastern Texas. Rangeland Ecology and Management 64:419-423.
  • Stambaugh, M.C., R.P. Guyette, E.R. McMurry, E.R. Cook, D.M. Meko, and A.R. Lupo. 2011.
    Drought duration and frequency in the U.S. Corn Belt during the last millennium (AD 992 - 2004). Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 151:154-162.
  • Stambaugh, M.C., R.P. Guyette, and J.M. Marschall. 2011.
    Longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Mill.) fire scars reveal new details of a frequent fire regime. Journal of Vegetation Science 22:1094-1104.
  • Stambaugh, M.C., D.C. Dey, R.P. Guyette, H. He., J.M. Marschall. 2011.
    Spatial and temporal patterning of fuel loading and fire hazard across a deciduous forest landscape, USA. Landscape Ecology 26(7):923-935.
  • Stambaugh, M.C., R.P. Guyette, R. Godfrey, E.R. McMurry, and J.M. Marschall. 2009.
    Fire, drought, and human history near the western terminus of the Cross Timbers, Wichita Mountains, Oklahoma. Fire Ecology 5(2):51-65.
  • Guyette R.P., D.C. Dey, and M.C. Stambaugh. 2008.
    The temporal distribution and carbon storage of large oak wood in streams and floodplain deposits. Ecosystems 11: 643-653.
  • Stambaugh, M.C. and R.P. Guyette. 2008.
    Predicting spatio-temporal variability in fire return intervals with a topographic roughness index. Forest Ecology and Management 254:463-473.
  • Stambaugh, M.C., R.P. Guyette, E.R. McMurry, and J.M. Marschall. 2008.
    Six centuries of fire history at Devils Tower National Monument with comments on region-wide temperature influence. Great Plains Research 18:177-187.
  • Guyette R.P., D.C. Dey, and M.C. Stambaugh. 2008.
    The temporal distribution and carbon storage of large oak wood in streams and floodplain deposits. Ecosystems 11:643-653.
  • McMurry, E.R., M.C. Stambaugh, R.P. Guyette, and D.C. Dey. 2007.
    Fire scars reveal source of New England's 1780 Dark Day. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 16(3):266-270.
  • 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.
  • Stambaugh, M.C. and R.P. Guyette. 2006.
    Fire regime of an Ozark Wilderness Area, Arkansas. American Midland Naturalist 156:237-251.
  • Guyette R.P. and M.C. Stambaugh. 2004.
    Post oak fire scars as a function of diameter, growth, and tree age. Forest Ecology and Management 198:183-192.
  • Guyette R.P. and M.C. Stambaugh. 2003.
    The age and density of ancient and modern oak in streams and sediments. International Association of Wood Anatomists (IAWA) Journal 24(4):345-353.
  • Stambaugh M.C., R.M. Muzika and R.P. Guyette. 2002.
    Disturbance characteristics and overstory composition of an old-growth shortleaf pine (Pinus echinata Mill.) forest within the Ozark Highlands, Missouri, USA. Natural Areas Journal 22: 108-119.