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Dr. Cristian Montes

Associate Professor, Natural Resources Biometrics
Co-Director Plantation Management Research Cooperative
UGA Site Director NSF Center for Advanced Forestry Systems

Forest Engineer with more than 20 years experience working with the Industry in South America, leading research groups in Forest Silviculture, Management, Modeling and Tree Breeding.  My research focus is in developing practical tools to improve the value of forest plantations and the explicit uncertainty utilization into forestry decisions.  My work is mostly through the Plantation Management Research Cooperative, the Wood Quality Consorptium, the Forest Health Cooperative and the Langdale Center of Forest Bussiness.

Selected Publications:


Munro, H. †, Montes, C., Kinane, S., and Gandhi, K. 2021.  Through space and time: Predicting numbers of an eruptive pine tree pest and its predator under changing climate conditions.  Forest Ecology and Management. 118770 doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2020.118770

Koirala, A. †, Montes, C. and Bullock, B.  2021. Modeling dominant height using stand and water balance variables for lobolly pine in the Western Gulf, US.  Forest Ecology and Management 479.118610. doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2020.118610.



McNichol, B., Sullivan, B., Munro, H., Montes, C., Nowak, J., Villari, C., and Gandhi, K. 2020.  Density-dependent variability in an eruptive bark beetle and its value in predicting outbreaks.  Ecosphere 31.

Kinane, S. †, Montes, C. and Bullock, B. 2020.  A non-parametric framework to estimate fertilization response in loblolly pine plantations using environmental covariates.  Forestry.  doi:10.1093/foresj/cpaa044

Olmedo, G., Guevara, M, Gilabert, H., Montes, C., Arellano, E.C., Barria-Knopf, B., Garate, F., Mena-Quijada, P., Acuña, E., Bown, H. E. And Ryan, M.G.  2020.  Baseline of Carbon Stocks in Pinus radiata and Eucalyptus spp. Plantations of Chile. Forests 11, 1063. doi:10.3390/f11101063

Scolforo, H., Montes, C., Cook, R., Allen, H.L., Albaugh, T.J., Rubilar, R. and Campoe, O. (2020). A new Approach for Modeling Volume Response from Mid-Rotation Fertilization of Pinus taeda L. Plantations.  Forests 11,646. doi:10.3390/f11060646.

Barroso-Queiroz, T., Campoe, O., Montes, C., Alvarez, C., Zapata, M., and Guerrini, I. (2020).  Temperature thresholds for Eucalyptus genotypes growth across tropical and subtropical ranges in South America.  Forest Ecology and Management 472, 118248. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2020.118248

Zhao, D., Bullock, B., Montes, C. and Wang, M. (2020) Rethinking maximum stand basal area and maximum SDI from the aspect of stand dynamics.  Forest Ecology and Management (474)118462. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2020.118462

Zhao, D., Bullock, B., Montes, C., Wang, M., Westfall, J., and Coulston, J. (2020). Long-term dynamics of loblolly pine crown structure and aboveground net primary production as affected by site quality, planting density and cultural intensity. Forest Ecology and Management.

Munro, H. †, Gandhi, K., Barnes, B., Montes, C., Nowak, J., Shepherd, W., Sullivan, B. (2020). Electrophysiological and behavioral responses of two bark beetles, Dendroctonus frontalis and D. terebrans (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), to odors of host pines (Pinus spp.). Chemoecology. doi:10.1007/s00049-020-00311-7

Orrego, S., Montes, C., Restrepo, H., Bullock, B., and Zapata Cuartas, M. (2020). Modeling height growth for teak plantations in Colombia using a reducible stochastic differential equation approach. Journal of Forestry Research. doi: 10.1007/s11676-020-01174-y



Wang, M., Montes, C.R., Bullock, B.P. and Zhao, D. (2019) An Empirical Examination of Dominant Height Projection Accuracy Using Difference Equation Models.  Forest Science. doi: 10.1093/forsci/fxz079.

Zhao, D., Bullock, B. P., Montes, C.R., Wang, M., Greene, D., and Sutter, L. (2019). Loblolly pine outperforms slash pine in the southeastern United States - A long-term experimental comparison study. FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT, 450, 15 pages. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2019.117532.

Wright, S. †, Dahlen, J., Montes, C., and Eberhardt, T. L. (2019). Quantifying knots by image analysis and modeling their effects on the mechanical properties of loblolly pine lumber. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF WOOD AND WOOD PRODUCTS, 77(5), 903-917. doi:10.1007/s00107-019-01441-8.

McNichol, B. H., Montes, C. R., Barnes, B. F., Nowak, J. T., Villari, C., and Gandhi, K.J.K. (2019). Interactions between southern Ips bark beetle outbreaks, prescribed fire, and loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) mortality. FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT, 446, 164-174. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2019.05.036.

Gallagher, D. A. †, Bullock, B. P., Montes, C. R., and Kane, M. B. (2019). Whole Stand Volume and Green Weight Equations for Loblolly Pine in the Western Gulf Region of the United States through Age 15. FOREST SCIENCE, 65(4), 420-428. doi:10.1093/forsci/fxy068.

Gallagher, D. A. †, Montes, C. R., Bullock, B. P., and Kane, M. B. (2019). Two-Step Regression Process for Whole Stand Loblolly Pine Survival Projection and Quantifying Uncertainty. FOREST SCIENCE, 65(3), 265-276. doi:10.1093/forsci/fxy055.

Zhao, D., Westfall, J., Coulston, J. W., Lynch, T. B., Bullock, B., and Montes, C. (2019). Additive Biomass Equations for Slash Pine Trees: Comparing Three Modeling Approaches. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 49, 27-40. doi:10.1139/cjfr-2018-0246.

Restrepo, H., Bullock, B., and Montes, C. (2019). Growth and yield drivers of loblolly pine in the southeastern U.S.: A meta-analysis. Forest Ecology and Management, 435, 205-218. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2018.12.007.

Restrepo, H., Orrego, S.A., Salazar-Uribe, J.C., Bullock, B.P. and Montes, C.R. (2019). Using Biophysical Variables and Stand Density to Estimate Growth and Yield of Pinus patula in Antioquia, Colombia.  Open Journal of Forestry, 9,195-213.



Ojeda, H., Rubilar, R., Montes, C., Cancino, J. and Espinoza, M.  (2018) Leaf area and growth of Chilean radiata pine plantations after thinning across a water stress gradient. NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF FORESTRY SCIENCE, 48(10), 1-11. doi: 10.1186/s40490-018-0116-8.

Nabavi, M., Dahlen, J., Schimleck, L., Eberhardt, T. L., and Montes, C. (2018). Regional calibration models for predicting loblolly pine tracheid properties using near-infrared spectroscopy. Wood Science and Technology, 52(2), 445-463. doi:10.1007/s00226-018-0986-1.

Strimbu, B., Paun, M., Popescu, S. and  Montes, C. (2018). A scalar measure tracing species composition in space and time. Physica A.

Dahlen, J., Montes, C., Eberhardt, T. L., and Auty, D. (2018). Probability models that relate nondestructive test methods to lumber design values of plantation loblolly pine. Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research. 00, 1-12. doi: 10.1093/forestry/cpy001.



Butler, M. A., Dahlen, J., Eberhardt, T. L., Montes, C., Antony, F., and Daniels, R. F. (2017). Acoustic evaluation of loblolly pine tree- and lumber-length logs allows for segregation of lumber modulus of elasticity, not for modulus of rupture. Annals of Forest Science, 74(1), 15 pages. doi:10.1007/s13595-016-0615-9.

Strimbu, B. M., Petritan, I. C., Montes, C., and Biris, I. A. (2017). An assessment of the O-ring methodology using virgin stands of mixed European beech – Sessile oak. Forest Ecology and Management, 384, 378-388. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2016.10.055.

Ramírez, M. V., Rubilar, R. A., Montes, C., Stape, J., Fox, T., and Lee Allen, H. (2017). Nitrogen availability and mineralization in Pinus radiata stands fertilized mid-rotation at three contrasting sites. Journal of soil science and plant nutrition. 16(1) 118-136. doi:10.4067/S0718-95162016005000009.



Ramirez, V., Rubilar, R., Montes, C., Allen, L.H., Fox, T., and Sanfuentes, E. (2015). Mid-rotation fertilization response of Pinus radiata at three contrasting sites. Journal of Forestry Science.62(4) 153-162.

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