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Brian Woodward Ph.D.

Forest Advisor for Santa Cruz, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties
UCCE Santa Clara County
1553 Berger Drive, Bldg 1
2nd Floor
San Jose, CA 95112
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I am the UCCE Forestry Advisor for Santa Cruz, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties. I serve as a resource to all forest managers, forest owners (public and private), and residents of my region seeking information related to forest management, forest health, forest ecology, and related topics in the Santa Cruz Mountains region.

My responsibilities include conducting applied research in forest management and ecology, engaging in outreach and education, and promoting the implementation of cross-boundary forest management using sound, science-guided techniques for building forest resilience.

I completed a PhD in Ecology from Colorado State University, where I studied the effects of mixed severity fire and other disturbances on coast redwood forest communities across California. I hold an MS in Forest Sciences where I studied spatial patterns and environmental factors contributing to bark beetle outbreaks. Previously, I have worked across western forest systems in roles related to ecology, forestry, conservation, and remote sensing.

Please reach out to me anytime with questions or if you would like to collaborate on research, outreach, or would like to request a public presentation!


Ph.D. Ecology, Colorado State University. 2021
M.S. Forest Sciences, Colorado State University. 2017


Forest Management


forest ecology, fire ecology, prescribed fire, forest monitoring, coast redwood, forest regeneration, forest management, disturbance ecology, remote sensing


Peer Reviewed

  • Vorster, A. G., Stevens-Rumann, C., Young, N., Woodward, B.D., Choi, C. T. H., Chambers, M. E., ... & West, A. (2023). Metrics and Considerations for Evaluating How Forest Treatments Alter Wildfire Behavior and Effects. Journal of Forestry.

  • Evans, A.W., Woodward, B.D., Wyckoff, A.C., Toledo, D., Duke, S., Fischer, C., Núñez, C. and Sierra?Corona, R., 2023. Livestock grazing is an effective conservation tool for Californian coastal grassland ecology: An eight year study on vegetation dynamics. Applied Vegetation Science

  • Werner, Z., Choi, C.T.H., Winter, A., Vorster, A.G., Berger, A., O'Shea, K., Evangelista, P. and Woodward, B., 2022. MODIS sensors can monitor spatiotemporal trends in fog and low cloud cover at 1 km spatial resolution along the US Pacific Coast. Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment

  • Blomdahl, E., Speer, J., Kaye, M., Zampieri, N.E., Rochner, M., Currey, B., Alving, D., Cahalan, G.D., Hagedorn, B., Li, H., Oelkers, R., Pelletier, L., Thapa, I., Willson, K., Woodward, B.D, R. DeRose, R.J. 2022. Drivers of forest change in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Journal of Vegetation Science

  • Woodward, B. D., Romme, W. H., & Evangelista, P. H. (2020). Early postfire response of a northern range margin coast redwood forest community. Forest Ecology and Management

  • Vorster, A.G., Woodward, B.D., West, A.M., Young, N.E., Sturtevant, R.G., Mayer, T.J., Girma, R.K. and Evangelista, P.H., 2018. Tamarisk and Russian olive occurrence and absence dataset collected in select tributaries of the Colorado River for 2017. Data.

  • Woodward, B.D., Evangelista, P.H., Young, N.E., Vorster, A.G., West, A.M., Carroll, S.L., Girma, R.K., Hatcher, E.Z., Anderson, R., Vahsen, M.L. and Vashisht, A., 2018. Co-Rip: A riparian vegetation and corridor extent dataset for Colorado river basin streams and rivers. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information

  • Woodward, B.D., Evangelista, P.H. and Vorster, A.G., 2018. Mapping progression and severity of a Southern Colorado spruce beetle outbreak using calibrated image composites. Forests

  • Woodward, B.D., Engelstad, P., Vorster, A., Beddow, C., Krail, S., Vashisht, A. and Evangelista, P., 2017. Forest harvest dataset for northern Colorado Rocky Mountains (1984–2015) generated from a Landsat time series and existing forest harvest records. Data in Brief

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