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John M. Pye hiking

John Pye

Program Specialist, eResearch
Forestry Sciences Laboratory, P.O. Box 12254
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2254
Phone: 919-549-4013
Fax: 919-549-4047
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Current Research

Today's activities are focused on improving the interaction of Forest Service researchers with their customers through web content that is rich, dynamic and current. Discovery tools like Treesearch, GeoTreesearch and the R&D-wide SOLR search tool help visitors find the solutions they need. Interagency collaborations like VIVO, STAR METRICSPatentsView, and the Alliance build on industry best practices and demonstrate that our management of research is driven by strategic vision leading to solid results. Shared content leverages what is entered for program accountability to reduce administrative burdens, improve transparency of operations, and engage the public in the measures by which we evaluate our success.

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Past Research

Most of Mr. Pye's research has been conducted as an ecologist working with economists to illuminate the social and ecologic interactions that shape our forests and the benefits that derive from them. Early work was on acid rain and air pollution effects on trees and stands, and an evaluation of the costs and benefits of research to control fusiform rust damage in southern pines. Wildfires in Florida in 1998 encouraged investigations there and beyond into the economics of wildfires. A continuing area of research has been in the regional dynamics and control of southern pine beetle.

Why This Research is Important

A key part of our agency's mission is to provide the science that managers need to promote the health and resilience of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to benefit the American people. Transparency of operations, objectives, and accomplishments builds trust with taxpayers, collaborabors, and future partners.


  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, MA Ecology, 1982
  • Swarthmore College, BA Biology, 1976

Professional Experience

  • Program Specialist - eResearch, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station
    2010 - Current
    Oversees the eResearch Program including the Research Information Tracking System, support for national R&D web efforts, and contract and hosting assistance to the Research Data Archive and related data management efforts.
  • Ecologist, U.S. Forest Service, Southern Research Station
    1985 - 2010
    Investigated the broad scale interactions of forest health and economics, including wildfire incidence, suppression and fuel management; southern pine beetle dynamics; fusiform rust research and its economic effectiveness; and air pollution's effects from seedlings to stands. Supported communication of research results by designing and implementing websites and soliciting and managing the organization and summarization of research to meet customer needs.
  • Management consultant, Macro Systems, Inc., Silver Spring, MD
    1977 - 1979
    Supported management analyses, cost-benefit studies, and research management systems for federal civilian clients.
  • Research technician/programmer, Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia
    1976 - 1976
    Performed stream sampling, data analysis and programming at the Stroud Water Research Laboratory in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Professional Organizations

  • Ecological Society of America, Member (1981 - Current)
  • Society of American Foresters, Member (1981 - Current)

Awards & Recognition

  • USDA Certificate of Merit, 2009
    For serving on the FS Information Resources Strategic Framework Core Team and helping to set a long-term strategy for the management and use of the Information Resources in the Agency.
  • Natural Resource Stewardship Award, 2008
    Station Director's Award, Southern Research Station
  • Research Professional Support Award, 2008
    Station Director's Award, Southern Research Station
  • USDA Certificate of Appreciation, 1997
    For your work on the Southern Appalachian Assessment, which recently received the Chief's 1997 National Ecosystem Management Award and Vice President Gore's Hammer Award.

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Last updated on : 03/14/2015