Christopher Dolanc

Assistant Professor of Biology

Zurn 102

(814) 824-2540



Missouri State University – Music Performance (1996)

Missouri State University – Biology (1999)



Miami University – Master’s in Botany (2002)



University of California, Davis – Ecology (2011)



I am interested in how plants interact with the environment (Plant Ecology), how forests function as an ecosystem (Forest Ecology) and how we can use the past to predict the future of our ecosystems (Historical Ecology). I am particularly interested in how forest communities are responding to climate change, and how individual trees have and will respond to shifts in climate. My work is mostly field-based, using large plots to sample herbs and trees, but I also work with tree rings to analyze their patterns and relate those patterns to the environment (Dendrochronology).

Learn more about Chris here.



  • Dolanc, C.R., Safford, H.D., Thorne, J.H. and Dobrowski, S.Z. (2014) Changing forest structure across the landscape of the Sierra Nevada, CA, USA, since the 1930s. Ecosphere 5(8): 101.
  • Dolanc, C.R., Safford, H.D., Dobrowski, S.Z. and Thorne, J.H. (2014) Shifts in abundance and composition of vegetation types of the Sierra Nevada, CA, US. Applied Vegetation Science 17: 442-455.
  • Dolanc, C.R., Westfall, R.D., Safford, H.D., Thorne, J.H. and Schwartz, M.W. (2013) Growth-climate relationships for six subalpine tree species in a Mediterranean climate. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 43: 1114-1126.
  • Dolanc, C.R., Thorne, J.H. and Safford, H.D. (2013) Widespread shifts in the demographic structure of subalpine forests in the Sierra Nevada, California, 1934 to 2007. Global Ecology and Biogeography 22(3): 264-276.
  • Schwartz, M.W., Dolanc, C.R., Gao, H., Strauss, S.Y., Schwartz, A.C., Williams, J.N. and Tang, Ya. (2013) Forest structure, stand composition, and climate-growth response in montane forests of Jiuzhaigou National Nature Reserve, China. PLoS One 8(8).


Courses Taught: 

BIO 210 – General Botany

BIO 146/147 – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

BIO 100 – Freshman Seminar

ENVS 100 – Environmental Problem Solving