Forestry Research

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John Brian (Brian) Alford
Assistant Professor
Fishery conservation and management

J. Mark (Mark) Fly
Environmental psychology; Wildland recreation

Matthew J. (Matt) Gray
Amphibians and ranaviruses

David P. Harper
Associate Professor
Forest products

Sharon Rose Jean-Philippe
Assistant Professor
Urban forestry

David Chester Mercker
Extension Specialist II
Extension forestry

Neelam Chandra Poudyal
Associate Professor
Natural Resource Policy and Human Dimensions

Larry A. Tankersley
Extension Specialist II
Extension forestry

Timothy M. (Tim) Young
Process analytics

John M. Zobel
Assistant Professor
Forestry/Natural Resources Biometrics

Groups and Facilities

(2 mentions)

Sun Grant BioWeb 
Providing current info to use biomass resources for bioenergy and bioproducts.

(1 mention)

Agri-Industry Modeling 
For value-added and high value products in agriculture and forestry.

(1 mention)

Wildlife Health 
Emerging infectious diseases, including those that travel from animals to humans.



AgResearch Faculty and Staff Presented with Awards at 2019 UTIA Luncheon, 11/29/2019

Nanocelluloses: A Sustainable Solution to Combat Ice Recrystallization on Frozen Food, 7/11/2019

Commendations Corner - July 2019, 7/9/2019

UT Dept of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Welcomes New Extension Faculty, 10/5/2018

New Ventures | Rapid Diagnostic Test Reduces Testing Time and Increases Accuracy, 11/22/2017

Promotion and Tenure 2017, 10/16/2017

5 Things You Should Know about the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 8/9/2017

Fire at the Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center, 1/11/2017

2016 AgResearch Faculty Awards, 10/6/2016

Promotion and Tenure 2016, 9/29/2016


(4 mentions)

Urban Forestry 
Urban forestry is a concept embraced by many Tennessee cities, and now UT students are working to bring shade and beauty to some areas.

(2 mentions)

Shackelford Orchard 
Majestic oaks stand proudly next to towering pines. Stunning beauty in a peaceful setting - but what’s going on in this still forest is a decades-long research project.

(2 mentions)

Teachers and Forestry 
For many teachers, summer was hardly a vacation from their own brand of learning.

(2 mentions)

Forestry Firefighting 
Becoming a forester can include preparing for dangerous situations. Forestry students at UT's Herbert College of Agriculture receive hands-on firefighting training as part of their academics.

(1 mention)

A recent report says the U.S. could produce a billion tons of biofuel materials each year, without impacting food supplies. We are working on ways to produce biomass and alternative fuels.

(1 mention)

Forestry Audit 
Tennessee's forests grow some of the best timber in the country. UT Extension researchers say when landowners properly manage their forests, there's a real environmental and economic benefit.

(1 mention)

Mine Reclamation 
We get half our electricity from coal, but getting to coal underground sometimes means we have to cut down trees. UTIA researchers are working to bring new vegetation to former mining sites.


Recent Publications

Dealing with risk and uncertainty in forestry with multi-criteria decision analytic approaches Hodges, D. G., L. Zadnik-Stirn, and D. Grebner.  2019.  Proceedings of the 25th IUFRO World Congress, Brazilian Jo v. 39, e201902043, Special issue, p. 488., Curitiba, Brazil. September 29 - October 5. page 488.

U.S. Alternative Jet Fuel Deployment Scenario Analyses Identifying Key Drivers and Geospatial Patterns for the First Billion Gallons Lewis, K.C., E. K. News, S. Peterson, M. N. Pearlson, E. A. Lawless, K. Brandt, D. Camenzind, M. P. Wolcott, B. C. English, G. S. Latta, A. Malwitz, J. I. Hileman, N. L. Brown, and Z. Haq.  2019.  BioFPR, Society of Chemical Industry and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, December,13, pp 471–485. [Abstract]

2017 Economic Contributions of Agriculture and Forestry in Tennessee.  Menard, R. J., B. C. English, and K. L. Jensen.  2019.  Agricultural and Resource Economics, Departmental Research Series, DRS19-001. [Abstract]

Why Herbicides Sometime Fail: An Overview for Forestry and Wildlife Practices Mercker, D. C., and L. E. Steckel.  2019.  University of Tennessee Extension. W802.

Establishing small trees and shrubs on mined lands using the forestry reclamation approach.  Skousen, J., A. Monteleone, M. Tyree, R. Swab, J. Groninger, M. Adams, D. S. Buckley, P. Wood, R. Williams, S. Eggerud, P. Angel, and C. Zipper.  2019.  Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative, Forest Reclamation Advisory No. 18. 9 P.

Non-Regulatory Implementation of Forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs) in Tennessee Results From the 2017 Forestry BMP Implementation Survey.  Clatterbuck, W. K., and A. Alford.  2018.  Final Report for Research Sponsored by TDA Division of Forestry Grant.

Economic Contributions of Agriculture and Forestry in Tennessee.  English, B. C., K. L. Jensen, R. J. Menard, and S. Upendram.  2018.  Selected Poster 2018 Southern Agricultural Economics Association Meetings, Feb 2-6, 2018..

Kudzu, kudzu bug, and biological control: Balancing the needs of agriculture and forestry.  Grant, J. F., K. Britt, and A. Michael.  2018.  Proceedings of the USDA Interagency Research Forum on Invasive Species, January 9-12, 2018, Annapolis, MD (In Press).

A Glossary of Common Forestry Terms (Hard copy version).  Mercker, D. C.  2018.  University of Tennessee Extension., PB 1867.

Sustainable Forestry Versus Diameter Limit Cutting.  Mercker, D. C.  2018.  Alabama Treasured Forest, Vol. XXXVI, No. 3.

The Health of Trees in Bioretention: A Survey and Analysis of Influential Variables.  Tirpak, A., J. M. Hathaway, J. A. Franklin, and A. Khojandi.  2018.  Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment. [Abstract]

Facilitation Forestry: Intercropping to Increase Plantation Resistance and Resilience.  Buckley, D. S., J. J. Granger, S. E. Schlarbaum, and J. M. Zobel.  2017.  Oral Presentation, Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries, University of Tennessee. Presented on November 17, 2017 at the Society of American Foresters National Convention, Albuquerque, NM.