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  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Jim Westfall

Research Forester
11 Campus Blvd., Suite 200
Newtown Square, PA 19073
Phone: 610-557-4043
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Current Research

Forest monitoring methods to assist in planning and implementation of scientifically-credible monitoring programs.Improving field work efficiency and data quality via quantitative analyses for forest inventory.

Research Interests

  • Development of national-scale biomass models to provide consistent volume/carbon/biomass predictions to be applied to the FIA sample. Upon completion, this project will improve consistency, and advance analytical flexibility.
  • Forest inventory planning and design - with particularly emphasis on tropical forests where inventory designs for temperate forests are not appropriate.

Why This Research is Important

As the demand on forests as a source of bioenergy is expected to increase in the near future obtaining accurate estimates of tree biomass is paramount for making sound forest management, economic, and policy decisions. 

Increasing accountability for managing resources in a sustainable manner has resulted in an emergent need for worldwide monitoring of status and trends of forest attributes. These monitoring efforts occur at various scales, from relatively small forest holdings to entire countries. Conducting research on monitoring methods and developing an integrated suite of tools will assist in planning and implementation of scientifically-credible monitoring programs.

 

Education

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, Ph.D. Forestry, 2001
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, M.S. Statistics, 2001
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, M.S. Forestry, 1998
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, B.S. Natural Resources, 1996
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Ranger School, Wanakena, NY, A.A.S. Forest Technology, 1993

Professional Organizations

  • Society of American Foresters (2001 - Present)
  • Southern Mensurationists (2005 - Present)
  • Northeastern Mensurationists Organization (2004 - Present)

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Last updated on : 08/16/2013