USDA Forest Service
 

Pacific Southwest Research Station

 

Pacific Southwest Research Station
800 Buchanan Street
West Annex Building
Albany, CA 94710-0011

(510) 559-6300

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About Us: Research Accomplishments 2012

Pacific Southwest Research Station at a Glance

Pacific Southwest Research Station Overview

Research is organized into four science programs:
  1. Conservation of Biodiversity
    Station scientists conduct research on genes, species, habitats, landscapes, and the biological processes necessary to maintain diversity of organisms and functioning ecosystems. Research focuses on enhancing the conservation, ecology, and evolution of species and habitats, and the restoration and maintenance of degraded ecosystems.
  2. Ecosystem Function and Health
    Station scientists examine forest function and conduct research to protect and preserve water, air, and soil resources while considering the effects of a changing climate, unpredictable precipitation, air pollution, and growing threats from pests and pathogens.
  3. Fire and Fuels
    Station scientists conduct research on how fire behavior affects fuel types and conditions and how physical properties of fuels influence fire severity and intensity. Research includes decision-support models that analyze risk, resource allocation economics, and fire danger forecasting.
  4. Urban Ecosystems and Social Dynamics
    Station scientists examine the interconnections of people and natural resources. Research focuses on developing knowledge and tools in natural resource management to better serve the public, and to connect urban dwellers with public lands through urban forestry and social science research.
  • Headquarters in Albany, Calif.
  • Eight laboratories in California and Hawai'i
  • 12 active Experimental Forests and Ranges; one Experimental Watershed
  • Research is also conducted in more than 90 research natural areas (RNAs)
  • Pacific Southwest Research Station is one of five research stations in the U.S. Forest Service
  • 249 employees (160 permanent, fluctuating up to 89 temporary)
  • Conterminous with Region Five of the National Forest System

FY 2012 STATISTICS

Incoming Funding
  • Base research appropriations: $22.5 million
  • Extramural funding received: $3.7 million
  • Total funding: $26.2 million
  • Distribution of Funds
  • Fixed costs (salaries, operations, overhead): $20.3 million
  • Appropriated funds distributed to cooperators: $5.3 million
Workforce
  • Total station workforce: 249
    • Permanent: 160
    • Temporary: 89
  • Science staff: 197
    • Scientists: 56
    • Science support: 141
  • Leadership and Administrative support staff: 52
Publications
  • Total publications: 267
    • Of the total publications, 149 (56%) were peer-reviewed
  • Journal: 130
  • Other publications: 131
  • Forest Service series: 6
Web Metrics
  • Number of visits to the PSW web site: 99,720
  • Number of visitors to the PSW web site: 65,382
  • Source countries or territories visits originated from: 188
  • Page views of PSW publications through Treesearch: 17,225
  • Followers on Twitter(@usfs_psw): 300
Bar Graph showing incoming funding for Fiscal years 2008-2009. 
For Year 2008, Base research appropriations: $22.8 million; Extramural funding received: $2.3 million; Total funding: $25.145,472.
For Year 2009, Base research appropriations: $22.6 million; Extramural funding received: $1.9 million. Total funding: $24.6 million.
For Year 2010, Base research appropriations: $23.6 million; Extramural funding received: $3.6 million. Total funding: $27.2 million.
For Year 2011, Base research appropriations: $23.4 million; Extramural funding received: $2.9 million. Total funding: $26.4 million.
For Year 2012, Base research appropriations: $22.5 million; Extramural funding received: $3.7 million. Total funding: $26.2 million. Bar chart comparing the numbers of different kinds of publications produced in fiscal year 2011 and fiscal year 2012. There were 289 total publications published in fiscal year 2011; versus 267 in 2012. There were 130 JOURNAL ARTICLES published in both fiscal year 2011 and 2012. There were 154 publications falling into the 'Other' category in fiscal year 2011; in 2012, there were 131 such publications. Of the 289 total publications published in fiscal year 2011, 183 were peer reviewed. In fiscal year 2012, 149 of the 267 total publications published were peer reviewed.
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