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  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
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John D. Shaw

Biological Scientist
507 25th Street
United States

Phone: 801-598-5902
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Current Research

My research focuses on studies in stand dynamics that include maximum density-site relationships, groth and yield implications of mixed-species stands, and effects of stand senescence on stand structure and regeneration; partitioning forest mortality by background (e.g., density dependence, endemic insect and disease) vs. excess (e.g., drought) causes; new, biologically consistent models of tree and stand growth

Research Interests

I work to maximize the value of the Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) program by expanding the potential range of analyses and developing useful and relevant tools from the FIA data. This research will produce tools and models that will allow more accurate assessment and modeling of stand dynamics. These will enable managers to project more realistic scenarios when considering vegetation management or the effects of anticipated disturbances.

Past Research

While FIA data are primarily designed for long-term, broad-scale analysis and reporting, they can be used for a wide variety of analysis and reporting applications. FIA data can be brought to bear on basic research questions that cannot be definitively addressed using shorter temporal or smaller geographic time scales. FIA data permit testing of study results that have been done at limited scales, resulting in better understanding of the range of inference that is appropriate for those studied. Similarly, a variety of hypotheses may also be tested, without the need to initiate stand-alone studies.

Why This Research is Important

Growth and yield of aspen and cottonwood in Interior Alaska Habitat use of snowshoe hares in young lodgepole pine forestsStructural characteristics of goshawk nest standsSilvicultural systems for maintenance of forest structure at landscape scales


  • University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Natural Resources Management , 1991
  • University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Natural Resources Management , 1994
  • Utah State University, Forest Ecology , 2001

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