University of Kentucky College of Agriculture


Forest Ecologist

Beth Blankenship


Academic Interests:
fire ecology, oak ecosystems

Supervisor's/Advisor's names:
Mary Arthur

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Peer reviewed Publications:

Green, S.R., Arthur, M.A. and B.A. Blankenship. 2010. Oak and red maple seedling survival and growth following periodic prescribed fire on xeric ridge tops on the Cumberland Plateau. Forest Ecology and Management 259:2256-2266.

Blankenship, B.A. and M.A. Arthur. 2006. Stand structure over nine years in burned and fire- excluded oak stands on the Cumberland Plateau, Kentucky. Forest Ecology and Management 225:134-145.

Chiang, J., M.A. Arthur and B.A. Blankenship. 2005. The effect of prescribed fire on gap fraction in an oak forest on the Cumberland Plateau. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 132: 432-441.

Gilbert, N.L., S.L. Johnson, S.K. Gleeson, B.A. Blankenship and M.A. Arthur. 2003. Effects of prescribed fire on physiology and growth of Acer rubrum and Quercus spp. seedlings in an oak-pine forest on the Cumberland Plateau, KY. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 130: 253-264.

Blankenship, B.A. and M.A. Arthur. 1999. Prescribed fire affects eastern white pine recruitment and survival on eastern Kentucky ridgetops. Southern Journal of Applied Forestry 23:144-150.

Blankenship, B.A. and M.A. Arthur. 1999. Microbial and soil nutrient response to prescribed fire in an oak-pine ecosystem in eastern Kentucky. In Stringer, Jeffrey, W. and D.L. Loftis, eds. Proceedings, 12th Central Hardwood Forest Conference, February 28-March 2, 1999, Lexington, KY. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-24, Asheville, NC, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, pp. 39-47.

Arthur, M.A., R.D. Paratley and B.A. Blankenship. 1998. Single and repeated fire affect survival and regeneration of woody species in an oak-pine forest. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 125:225-236.