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Joseph O'Brien

Research Ecologist
320 Green Street
Athens, GA 30602-2044
Phone: 706-559-4336
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Current Research

I am currently examining the physiological mechanisms behind the high mortality of ancient long leaf pines after fires are reintroduced to long unburned stands. I am also studying the impact of combining prescribed fire with slash pine plantation management practices in Florida to reduce dangerous fuel loads. I am developing a research program on the fire ecology of tropical pine forest ecosystems in southern Florida and the Bahama Archipelago. Generally, I am interested in the relationship between fire and plant ecophysiology, population dynamics and ecosystem properties.

Education

  • Florida International University, Ph.D. Biological Sciences, 2001
  • Florida International University, M.S. Biological Sciences, 1997
  • State University of New York at Geneseo, B.S. , 1986

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Research Highlights

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SRS-2011-22
RxCADRE: Prescribed Fire Combustion-Atmospheric Dynamics Research Experiments

21st Century wildfires are increasing in frequency, intensity and complexity. These trends seem likely to continue in the face of climate change ...

2011


Last updated on : 04/09/2014