Advancing Interdisciplinary Forest Sciences
Forest management, a core discipline of our department for over 85 years, has become increasingly relevant to all sectors of society in a world of rapid environmental and social change. Globally, forests provide the traditional commodities of fuel, fiber and food to both developing and industrialized nations, and the essential ecosystem services of biodiversity, clean water and air, soil enrichment, and climate stabilization.
Within our department, we are well-positioned in interdisciplinary forest sciences, with broad expertise in forest management encompassing forest genetics and tree improvement, biotechnology, physiology and ecology, economics and policy, fisheries and wildlife, remote sensing/GIS and silviculture, among others. As core functions of forests are threatened by intentional and unintentional pressures placed upon forests by the rapidly growing human population and associated intensification of economic activity, land use change and unsustainable energy consumption.
As the land grant institution of North Carolina, these challenges provide both a mandate and an opportunity for the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources to enhance its leadership position as the go-to place for sustainability solutions in natural resources. To realize this mandate, our department is strengthening advanced research that informs forest conservation, ensures productive management and fosters the development of new silvicultural systems specific to the challenges of a changing world.
Forest Management Research Features
Producing the Next Generation Fire Shelter
Joe Roise partners with NC State College of Textiles T-PACC to test fire shelters across this US this summer.
Forests in Flux
Kevin Potter partners with Purdue University and the US Forest Service to analyze how climate change is affecting tree distribution.
Intensive Biomass Harvest Linked to Fire Ant Colonization, Decreased Invertebrate Diversity
Removing almost all of the woody debris on the ground after timber cutting can open the door to red imported fire ant colonization, according to in-depth studies in managed forests in North Carolina and Georgia.
Meet Our Forest Management Faculty
Interested in Forest Management research? Contact our faculty to learn more and get involved.
- Bob Abt, Professor
- Bob Bardon, Professor
- Gary Blank, Associate Professor
- Rachel Cook, Assistant Professor
- Jennifer Costanza, Assistant Professor
- Jodi Forrester, Assistant Professor
- Douglas Frederick, Professor
- Tom Gower, Professor
- Josh Gray, Assistant Professor
- Dennis Hazel, Associate Professor
- Gary Hodge, Professor
- Steph Jeffries, Assistant Professor
- Robert Jetton, Associate Professor
- John King, Professor
- Zakiya Leggett, Assistant Professor
- Katherine Martin, Assistant Professor
- Steve McKeand, Professor
- Ross Meentemeyer, Professor
- Mark Megalos, Professor
- Elizabeth Nichols, Professor
- Kevin Potter, Assistant Professor
- Joseph Roise, Professor
- Erin Sills, Professor