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Dale Brockway

Research Ecologist
521 Devall Drive
Auburn, AL 36849-5418
Phone: 334-826-8700
Fax: 334-821-0037
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Current Research

Forest ecosystem ecology, fire ecology, restoration ecology and silviculture. Quantify the dynamic interactions between ecological processes and natural disturbance regimes, specifically fire as a regulator of ecosystem function, structure, pattern and composition. Development of technologies useful in restoration of degraded ecosystems to a functional status compatible with achieving the multiple goals and objectives of natural resource managers. Analysis of the management impacts, resulting from application of silviculture alternatives, on ecosystem processes, biological diversity and sustainable productivity in longleaf pine forests.

Research Interests

Ecosystem restoration; ecosystem recovery from disturbance; uneven-aged forest management through selection silviculture.

Past Research

Restoring fire as an ecological process in shortgrass prairies; restoring grassland savannas from degraded pinyon-juniper woodlands; forest plant diversity at local and landscape scales in the Cascade Mountains; ecological classification and management of forest plant associations in the western Cascades; forest fertilization and nutrient cycling through land application of biosolids and wastewater.

Why This Research is Important

During the earlier period of timber exploitation, longleaf pine occupancy throughout the South was reduced from 93 to less than 3 million acres.  Since this time, longleaf pine forests have come to be recognized as being among the most species-rich plant communities outside the tropics and yet one of the most endangered of terrestrial ecosystems in North America.  In recent times, broad-scale collaborative efforts have developed which are aimed at restoring longleaf pine on several million new acres and improving the condition of longleaf pine ecosystems on many existing acres.  The research undertaken by RWU-SRS-4158 "Restoring and Managing Longleaf Pine Ecosystems" focuses on providing new and improved methods, techniques and tools that will facilitate the restoration of longleaf pine ecosystems and provide guidance for sustainably managing longleaf pine forests for a broad range of products and services.

Education

  • Michigan State University, Ph.D. Forest Ecology and Forest Soils, 1979
  • Michigan State University, M.S. Forest Ecology and Silviculture, 1975
  • Michigan State University, B.S. Biology: Ecology and Physiology, 1973
  • Delta College, A.S. Conservation Biology, 1971

Professional Organizations

  • Society for Ecological Restoration, Member (2001 - Current)
  • Ecological Society of America, Lifetime Member (1988 - Current)
  • Society Of American Foresters, Member (1975 - Current)

Featured Publications & Products

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Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


SRS-2010-012
New Management Technique Offers Promise for Longleaf Pine Forests and Beyond

SRS researchers and partners developed a new technique for managing longleaf pine forests called the Proportional-B (Pro-B) Method. Results show ...

2010


SRS-2012-06
Restoration Treatments for the Post-Hurricane Recovery of Longleaf Pine

Scientists recommend herbicide use to control hardwoods in plantings of longleaf pine after hurricane damage

2012


Last updated on : 08/21/2014