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V. Thomas Parker

Professor tomparker
Professor
University of California, Santa Barbara
At SFSU Since: 
1980
Office: 
Hensill Hall 449
Office Hours: 
Wed 11-12 (Fall) or Thur 9-11 (Spring) or by appt
Office Phone: 
(415) 338-2375
Specialties: 
Plant Ecology, Community Ecology, Vegetation dynamics (dispersal, seed banks, seedling establishment, mycorrhizae), Fire Ecology, Vegetation conservation and management, Evolution and Ecology of Arctostaphylos (Ericaceae) and Ceanothus (Rhamnaceae), Tidal Wetlands, Chaparral, Mixed Evergreen Forests

I study the ecology and evolution of plant communities, focusing on their dynamics.  Current research includes the effects of climate change on tidal wetlands of the San Francisco Bay-Delta, and the ecology and evolution of Arctostaphylos species in chaparral and other communities.

Recent publications:

Vasey, M.C., M. E. Loik, and V. T. Parker.  2012.  Influence of summer marine fog and low cloud stratus on water relations of evergreen woody shrubs (Arctostaphylos: Ericaceae) in the chaparral of central California. Oecologia 170:325–337.

Vasey, M.C., V.T. Parker, L.M. Schile, J.C. Callaway & E.R. Herbert. 2012. Vegetation of the tidal wetlands in SF Bay-Delta. San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science 10(2). http://escholarship.org/uc/item/44z5v7xf

Parker, V.T., J.C. Callaway, L.M. Schile, M.C. Vasey & E. Herbert. 2012. Tidal marshes in the context of climate change.  In:  Tidal Salt Marshes of the San Francisco Bay Estuary: ecology, restoration, preservation, pp. 87-94.  A. Palaima (ed.) University of California Press, Berkeley.

Parker, V.T., J.C. Callaway, L.M. Schile, M.C. Vasey & E. Herbert. 2012.  Tidal vegetation: spatial and temporal dynamics.  In:  Tidal Salt Marshes of the San Francisco Bay Estuary: ecology, restoration, preservation, pp. 97-111. A. Palaima (ed.) University of California Press, Berkeley.

Callaway, J. C. & V.T. Parker. 2012. Current issues in tidal marsh restoration. In:  Tidal Salt Marshes of the San Francisco Bay Estuary: ecology, restoration, preservation, pp. 253-262. A. Palaima (ed.) University of California Press, Berkeley.

Parker, V.T., M.C. Vasey, and J.E. Keeley.  2012.  Arctostaphylos.  In B. G. Baldwin et al. (eds.), The Jepson Manual: Vascular Plants of California, Second Edition, pp. 686-699. Univ. of California Press, Berkeley.

Callaway, J.C., R. Thom, V.T. Parker, J. Rybczyk, H. Diefenderfer, A. Borde.  2012.  Pacific coast tidal wetlands. In: D. Batzer and A. Baldwin (eds.) Wetland Habitats of North America: Ecology and Conservation Concerns, pp. 103-116. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.

Diggory, Z.E. and V.T. Parker.  2011.  Seed supply and revegetation dynamics at restored tidal marshes, Napa River, CA.  Restoration Ecology 19, No. 101: 121–130. 

Tuxen, K, D. Stralberg, S. Siegel, L. Schile, V.T. Parker, M. Vasey, J. C. Callaway, and M. Kelly.  2011.  Tidal marsh vegetation mapping using high-resolution aerial photography and a hybrid pixel-based classification approach.  Wetlands Ecology and Management 19: 141-157.

Parker, V.T., L.M. Schile, M.C. Vasey and J.C. Callaway.  2011.  Do gradient-directed transects work at small scales: A test using tidal wetland vegetation sampling design.  Ecosphere 2: art99. [doi:10.1890/ES11-00151.1]

Stralberg, D., M. Brennan, J.C. Callaway, J.K. Wood, L. M. Schile, D. Jonsomjit, M. Kelly, V.T. Parker and S. Crooks.  2011.  Evaluating tidal marsh sustainability in the face of sea-level rise: a hybrid modeling approach applied to San Francisco Bay. PLoS One 6(11): e27388. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0027388

Schile LM, Callaway JC, Parker VT, Vasey MC.  2011.  Salinity and inundation influence productivity of the halophytic plant Sarcocornia pacifica.  Wetlands 31(6): 1165-1174.

Parker, V. T., J. C. Callaway, L. M. Schile, M. C. Vasey & E. Herbert.  2011.  Climate change and San Francisco Bay-Delta tidal wetlands.  San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science 9(3): http://escholarship.org/uc/item/8j20685w

Callaway, J. C., V.T. Parker, L. M. Schile, M. C. Vasey & E. Herbert.  2011.  Restoration in the San Francisco Bay-Delta.  San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science 9(3): http://escholarship.org/uc/item/5dd3n9x3

Hillman, J.M. and V.T. Parker.  2011.  Constraints on population recruitment for a rare serpentine seep thistle. In: Willoughby, J.W., B.K. Orr, K.A. Schierenbeck, and N.J. Jensen (eds.) Strategies and Solutions, pp. 87-95.  CNPS, Sacramento, CA

Parker, V.T.  2011.  Diversity and management of rare Arctostaphylos and Ceanothus species in chaparral. In: Willoughby, J.W., B.K. Orr, K.A. Schierenbeck, and N.J. Jensen (eds.) Strategies and Solutions, pp. 233-238.  CNPS, Sacramento, CA

Parker, V.T., E.R. Herbert, J.C. Callaway, L.M. Schile, and M.C. Vasey.  2011.  Climate change impacts on San Francisco Bay-Delta tidal wetlands. In: Willoughby, J.W., B.K. Orr, K.A. Schierenbeck, and N.J. Jensen (eds.) Strategies and Solutions, pp. 239-244.  CNPS, Sacramento, CA

Fetscher, A.E.; M.A. Sutula, J.C. Callaway, V.T. Parker, M.C. Vasey, J.N. Collins, and W.G. Nelson.  2010.  Patterns in Estuarine Vegetation Communities in Two Regions of California: Insights from a Probabilistic Survey.  Wetlands 30:833–846