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Ms. Laurie Stroh Huckaby, Dendroecologist


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  • M.S. Forest Ecology, Colorado State University
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A dendroecologist uses tree rings to reconstruct climate, disturbances (including human land use), and other factors that influence tree growth.

 

Dr. Connie Millar, Evolutionary Geneticist / Mountain Scientist


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  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • I am a mountain scientist, and I study the effects of past and present climates on mountain ecosystems.

 

Dr. Louis Iverson, Landscape Ecologist


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  • Ph.D., University of North Dakota
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A landscape ecologist studies how landscapes (ranging from large continents to small fields) are put together and how they function to provide ecosystem services to humans and all life.

 

Dr. Kurt Riitters, Landscape Ecologist


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  • Ph.D., Oregon State University
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • Landscape ecology differs from traditional ecology by including humans as a key component of ecosystems.  We study how ecosystems are affected by human activities over very large regions.

 

Dr. Qinfeng Guo, Research Ecologist


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  • Ph.D., University of New Mexico
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A plant ecologist studies plants and how they function on the landscape.

 

Stephanie Laseter, Hydrologist


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  • M.S., University of Georgia 
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A forest hydrologist studies the water cycle.  Where does water go after it falls as a raindrop?  We study how it travels through a forest, into the soil, and eventually to a stream.

 

Ms. Erika Cohen, Physical Scientist


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  • M.S., University of Mississippi
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer system that can capture, store, analyze, manage and display geographic data.  A GIS professional uses the computer system to perform spatial analyses on geographic data to answer scientific questions and present the results in maps.

 

Mr. Michael Gavazzi, Biological Scientist


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  • M.S., Virginia Tech
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A biological scientist is a jack of all trades.  I work with other researchers in diverse disciplines to study forest ecosystems response to prescribed burning, climate change, and natural and man-made disturbance.

 

Ms. Jennifer Moore Myers, Resource Information Specialist


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  • M.S., North Carolina State University
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A GIS analyst uses geographic data to answer questions, solve problems, and tell stories.  In my work, this often means looking for spatial patterns that show how forests respond to climate change or other stressors.

 

Dr. Steven McNulty, Landscape Ecologist


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  • Ph.D., University of New Hampshire 
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • Ecology is a Greek word - "ology" means "to study" and "eco" means house.  In this case, the house is the Earth, and I study large parts of our planet, so I am a "landscape ecologist."

 

Dr. Ge Sun, Hydrologist


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  • Ph.D., University of Florida
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • Hydrologists study the water cycle.  Studying the water cycle means tracking water movement from raindrops falling from sky to the ground, going into the soils, flowing through the rivers, and eventually moving to the ocean.

 

Dr. Haiganoush Preisler, Statistical Scientist


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  • University of California, Berkeley 
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • As a statistical scientist I translate scientists' hypothesis and word problems into a few (essential) equations that help further our understanding of the world we live in. 

 

Dr. Rich MacKenzie, Aquatic Ecologist


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  • University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • An aquatic ecologist studies plants and animals that live in streams, lakes, and wetlands.  We try to understand the roles these organisms play in aquatic ecosystems and how stressors such as land use change, climate change, and exotic species influence those roles.

 

Dr. David Flores, Research Social Scientist


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  • Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A research social scientist studies the relationships between people and the environment.

 

Dr. Deborah Finch, Research Wildlife Biologist


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  • Ph.D., University of Wyoming - Laramie
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A wildlife biologist studies living organisms such as birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians and their habitats, their life history, population changes, and movement patterns.

 

Dr. E. Ashley Steel, Quantitative Ecologist


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  • Ph.D., University of Washington-Seattle
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A quantitative ecologist uses mathematical skills and ideas to better understand forests, rivers, oceans, fish, wildlife, climate, and more.

 

Dr. Steve Matthews, Wildlife Landscape Ecologist


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  • Ph.D., Ohio State University
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A landscape ecologist studies how different land uses influence and shape ecological communities.  I am particularly interested in how birds and forests respond to a changing environment.

 

Dr. Andrezej Bytnerowicz, Ecologist


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  • Ph.D., Silesian University, Katowice, Poland 
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • As an ecologist, I monitor and evaluate the impacts of air pollution and climate change on forests and other ecosystems.

 

Dr. Wayne J. Arendt, Research Ornithologist


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  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • I study disturbance ecology, climate change, conservation and management of Neotropical resident and migratory bird communities and invasive species.

 

Dr. Louise Loudermilk, Fire Ecologist


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  • Ph.D., University of Florida
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A fire ecologist explores the interactions between wildland fire and plant communities.  I study how fires burn and how forests grow and reassemble after fire. 

 

Dr. Lindsey Rustad, Forest Ecologist


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  • Ph.D., University of Maine 
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A forest ecologist studies the interrelated patterns and processes of vegetation, animals, energy, water and nutrients in forests.

 

Dr. Mike Dockry, Research Scientist / Social Scientist

Dr. Mike Dockry, Research Scientist / Social Scientist
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Dr. Mike Dockry, Research Scientist / Social Scientist

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  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A forester/social scientist studies how people and communities use, manage, and think about their forests and sustainability.

 

Dr. Randy Kolka, Research Soil Scientist

Dr. Randy Kolka, Research Soil Scientist
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Dr. Randy Kolka, Research Soil Scientist

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  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • Soil scientists study how soils influence the cycling of water, nutrients, carbon, pollutants, and other materials.  We also study similarities and differences among different soil types. 

 

Dr. Brooke Penaluna, Research Fish Biologist

Dr. Brooke Penaluna, Research Fish Biologist
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Dr. Brooke Penaluna, Research Fish Biologist

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  • Ph.D., Oregon State University
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A fish biologist studies fishes and the habitats they occupy to better understand the relationships between fish biology and habitat.

 

Dr. Paul Schaberg, Research Plant Physiologist

Dr. Paul Schaberg, Research Plant Physiologist
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Dr. Paul Schaberg, Research Plant Physiologist

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  • Ph.D., University of Vermont
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A plant physiologist studies the biology of how plants work.  These studies are often done to determine if a part of a plant is not working or is causing the plant problems.  An example includes low air temperatures causing injury and poor growth.

 

Dr. Charles Luce, Hydrologist

Charles Luce, Hydrologist
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Charles Luce, Hydrologist

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  • Ph.D., Utah State University
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • Hydrologists study how water moves around the world, whether as streamflow, groundwater, precipitation, or transpiration.  Water is important to all life.

Dr. W. Matt Jolly, Research Fire Ecologist

W. Matt Jolly, Research Fire Ecologist
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W. Matt Jolly, Research Fire Ecologist

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  • Ph.D., University of Montana
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • As a research fire ecologist, I study how vegetation, weather, and terrain interact to influence wildland fires.

Dr. Travis Warziniack, Environmental Economist

Travis Warziniack, Environmental Economist
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Travis Warziniack, Environmental Economist

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  • Ph.D., University of Wyoming
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • Environmental economists study the way people interact with nature.  This research includes how people value nature, how they respond to changes in the environment, and what policies can be used to protect the environment. 

Dr. Natalie S. van Doorn, Urban Ecologist

Natalie S. van Doorn, Urban Ecologist
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Natalie S. van Doorn, Urban Ecologist

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  • Ph.D., University of California Berkeley
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • An urban ecologist studies the relationship of living organisms with each other and their surroundings in an urban environment.  I have focused by research on urban forests which are an important part of urban ecosystems in many cities and towns across the world. 

Dr. Becky K. Kerns, Research Ecologist

Becky K. Kerns, Research Ecologist
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Becky K. Kerns, Research Ecologist

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  • Ph.D., Northern Arizona University
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • Plant ecologists study plants and their surroundings, or environment, and inform people about how to leave plant communities healthy for future generations. 

Dr. Katherine J. Elliot, Forest Ecologist

Katherine J. Elliot, Forest Ecologist
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Katherine J. Elliot, Forest Ecologist

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  • Ph.D., University of Maine
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A forest ecologist studies interactions among plants, animals, energy, water, and nutrients.  A forest ecologist also studies how all of these things relate to patters and processes in forest ecosystems. 

Christie Hawley, Natural Resource Analyst

Christie Hawley, Natural Resource Analyst
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Christie Hawley, Natural Resource Analyst

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  • M.N.R., University of Georgia
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • As a natural resource analyst, I gather geographic and field data on forests and wildland fires.  I analyze these data using computer software to answer scientific questions related to fire and plant interactions.

Dr. Yongqiang Liu, Research Meteorologist

Dr. Yongqiang Liu, Research Meteorologist
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Dr. Yongqiang Liu, Research Meteorologist

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  • Ph.D., Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • As a research meteorologist, I study how climate variability and climate changes drive forest disturbances, like wildland fires.  I also study how forest conditions affect the environment, and how to predict climate-forest interactions.

Matthew P. Peters, Ecologist

Matthew P. Peters, Ecologist
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Matthew P. Peters, Ecologist

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  • M.S., Arizona State University
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • Ecology is the study of the relationships between organisms and their physical surroundings.  As an ecologist, I use my background in geography to examine spatial patterns in ecology. 

Dr. Matt Reeves, Ecologist

Dr. Matt Reeves, Ecologist
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Dr. Matt Reeves, Ecologist

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  • Ph.D., University of Montana
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • As an ecologist, I study the interaction of climate, plants, and animals in rangelands.  

Sarah Wiener, Social Scientist

Sarah Wiener, Social Scientist
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Sarah Wiener, Social Scientist

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  • M.S., North Carolina State University
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • As a social scientist, I study the ways that landowners and natural resources specialists interact with scientific information.  I help scientists and tool developers improve their communications and products.

Dr. Chris Swanston, Climate Adaptation Specialist

Dr. Chris Swanston, Climate Adaptation Specialist
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Dr. Chris Swanston, Climate Adaptation Specialist

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  • Ph.D., Oregon State University
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • I help natural resources professionals consider how to change the management of ecosystems to address the challenges of a changing climate.

 Dr. Sue Eggert, Aquatic Ecologist

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  • Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • Aquatic ecologist study how forest and other environmental factors influence the plants, animals, and ecological processes in aquatic ecosystems. This knowledge helps resource managers better manage land and aquatic habitats so they provide clean water for people and wildlife.

 

 Dr. Sherri L. Johnson, Research Ecologist

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  • Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A research ecologist studies streams and lakes to explore both who lives in the water and how forestry and year to year climatic variability impact the water quality and water as habitat for biota.

 


 

Additional Scientist Cards

These scientists conduct research in fields related to climate change, like exploring alternative fuels, researching carbon sequestration, tracking forest loss and growth, mapping changing animal ranges, and more.

 

Dr. Trista Patterson, Economist


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  • Ph.D., University of Maryland
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • Oikos is the Greek root word for "household."  It is also the root of the word "economy" and "ecology!"  Good managment of the economy, and ecology, is like good management of a household.

 

Dr. Dana Mitchell, Research Engineer


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  • Ph.D., Auburn University
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • Engineers study many different areas.  My area is forest operations, or more simply put, logging management.

 

Dr. Nick Skowronski, Forest Ecologist


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  • Ph.D., Rutgers University
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A forest ecologist studies how plants and animals interact within a forest community.  Some of these scientists are particularly interested in how forests cycle carbon and work to measure how carbon moves through these systems.

 

Dr. John Schelhas, Forester / Anthropologist


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  • Ph.D., University of Arizona
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A forester / anthropologist studies the diversity of ways that people talk about, value, and use trees and forests.

 

Dr. Linda Heath, Research Forester


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  • Ph.D., University of Washington
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • I study ways to provide estimates of multiple environmental benefits.  An example of a benefit is forest carbon.  The estimates are needed at local to national to global scales.

 

Dr. Connie Harrington, Silviculturist / Tree Physiologist


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  • Ph.D., University of Washington (Seattle)
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A silviculturist studies how trees interact with each other and how changing a tree's neighborhood influences how it grows and the other plants that grow with it.  A tree physiologist studies the biological processes that influence tree growth.

 

Dr. Eileen H. Helmer, Ecologist


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  • Ph.D., Oregon State University
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • Ecologists help study the relationships among organisms and between organisms and their environment.

 

Dr. Melody Keena, Entomologist


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  • Ph.D., University of California at Davis
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • An entomologist studies insects and their interactions with other organisms and the environment.

 

Dr. Susan Cordell, Plant Ecophysiologist


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  • Ph.D., University of Hawaii, Manoa
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A plant ecophysiologist studies the ways in which plants interact with the environment.

 

Dr. Keith Aubry, Wildlife Biologist


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  • Ph.D., The University of Washington
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A wildlife biologist studies terrestrial wildlife species (mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians) and the habitats they occupy to better understand their biology and habitat relationships.

 

Dr. Kurt Riitters, Landscape Ecologist


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  • Ph.D., Oregon State University
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • Landscape ecology differs from traditional ecology by including humans as a key component of ecosystems.  We study how ecosystems are affected by human activities over very large regions.

 

Dr. Kevin McKelvey, Ecologist


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  • University of Florida
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • Ecology is the study of interactions between organisms and their environment.  I primarily study animals.

 

Dr. Scott Goodrick, Meteorologist


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  • University of Alabama, Huntsville
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A meteorologist studies weather and climate.  Weather is what is happening today or tomorrow.  For example, is it raining or is it hot or cold?  Climate is how weather changes over time.  For example, this winter was colder or warmer than normal. 

 

Dr. Grant Domke, Research Forester

Dr. Grant Domke, Research Forester
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Dr. Grant Domke, Research Forester

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  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • As a forester, I study carbon dynamics in forest ecosystems.  I develop and improve techniques to estimate forest carbon stocks and changes to the carbon stocks using forest inventory information. 

Melanie Taylor, Soil Ecologist

Melanie Taylor, Soil Ecologist
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Melanie Taylor, Soil Ecologist

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  • M.S., University of Georgia
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A soil ecologist studies how soil interact with the organisms that live in and on them.

 

Dr. Christopher Woodall, Applied Forest Ecologist

Dr. Christopher Woodall, Applied Forest Ecologist
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Dr. Christopher Woodall, Applied Forest Ecologist

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  • Ph.D., University of Montana
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • An applied forest ecologist develops new knowledge regarding the function and processes of forest ecosystems.  This knowledge can have real impacts on forest management and conservation. 

 

Dr. Dexter Strother, Forest/Soil Ecologist

Dexter Strother, Forest/Soil Ecologist
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Dexter Strother, Forest/Soil Ecologist

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  • Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • As a forest and soil ecologist, I am interested in how forest management practices impact soils. 

Dr. Sean Healey, Forest Ecologist

Sean Healey, Forest Ecologist
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Sean Healey, Forest Ecologist

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  • Ph.D., University of Washington
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A forest ecologist studies the structure, composition, and processes that interact in a forest to provide different habitats for plants and animals.  My research focuses on improving our understanding of changes in forest conditions.

Julie A. Arnold, Forestry Technician

Julie Arnold, Forestry Technician
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Julie A. Arnold, Forestry Technician

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  • B.S., Clemson University
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • As a forestry technician in the research field, my work is a balance of field work (ie, collecting samples, taking measurements, and downloading dataloggers), lab work (ie, sample preparation and analysis), and data processing (ie, creating spreadsheets, charts, and graphs).

Dr. C. Meghan Downes, Economist

Dr. C. Meghan Downes, Economist
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Dr. C. Meghan Downes, Economist

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  • Ph.D., University of New Mexico
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • As an economist, I study how humans use the environment for goods and services.  I also study the value people place on natural resources and processes.

Dr. Sharon Hood, Fire Ecologist

Sharon Wood, Fire Ecologist
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Sharon Wood, Fire Ecologist

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  • Ph.D., University of Montana
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • Fire ecologists study how wildfire changes ecosystems.  As a fire ecologist, I study the impacts of removing fire from, or changing how fires burn in, forests which originally had fire. 

Dr. Steve Norman, Forest Ecologist

Dr. Steve Norman, Forest Ecologist
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Dr. Steve Norman, Forest Ecologist

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  • Ph.D., Penn State University
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A forest ecologist studies forest changes to understand what it means for forest values like clean air and water, wood products, wildlife habitat, and recreation.

Dr. Carl Trettin, Soil Ecologist

Dr. Carl Trettin, Soil Ecologist
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Dr. Carl Trettin, Soil Ecologist

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  • Ph.D., North Carolina State University
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • Soil ecologists focus on understanding the interaction between soils, water resources, ecosystem productivity, and biodiversity to ensure sustainable landscapes.  Soil is the foundation for our agricultural and forest ecosystems.

Dr. David Wear, Resource Economist / Computer Modeler

Dr. David Wear, Resource Economist / Computer Modeler
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Dr. David Wear, Resource Economist / Computer Modeler

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  • Ph.D., University of Montana
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • As a resource economist and computer modeler, I study how people choose to use and manage forests and natural resources.  This enables us to predict how people may use those resources in the future.