Deputy Chief of Research and Development
201 14th Street SW, 2NW
District of Columbia
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Forest Service Research and Development (R&D) is a world leader in innovative science for sustaining global forest resources for future generation. Information and solutions are provided to sustain forest and rangelands and the values they provide for people. The research we do benefits the owners and managers of rural and urban forests and farms and helps link environmental health with community well-being. FS R&D has a cadre of approximately 500 world-class scientists that are deployed throughout the contiguous United States, Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico. Our research is internationally known and we partner with public and private organizations and countries around the world.
As the Deputy Chief for R&D, I provide national leadership through program reviews, program development and program development. I provide national technical direction to assure that sound approaches are used, that productive results are obtained and made available to others. I ensure that the science that R&D conducts is sound, relevant, and readily available. The science R&D does serves as the foundation for sustainable ecosystems by ensuring their health, diversity, and productivity through an integrated approach.
As a scientist in the Pacific Northwest Research Station, I focused on the epidemiology of Armillaria ostoyae, a root disease pathogen on conifers.
As a scientist in the Southern Research Station, I focused on the biotechnology of southern pines and hardwoods, more specifically gene transformation in conifers.
Why This Research is Important
Generally, my research focused on forest pathology and molecutlar genetics. I also conducted research on biological control of Armillaria ostoyae. My research has resulted in a better understanding of root-to-root spread of a root disease and ways to help control the disease.
In the field of molecular genetics, my research focused on developing methods of inserting genes into selective conifers.
- Deputy Chief for Research and Development, USDA Forest Service, Washington, DC
2011 - Current
- Director, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Asheville, NC
2008 - 2011
- Associate Deputy Chief, Research and Development, USDA Forest Service, Washington, DC
2005 - 2008
- Director, Vegetation Management and Protection Research , USDA Forest Service, Washington, DC
2000 - 2005
- National Research and Development Budget Coordinator, USDA Forest Service, Washington, DC
1998 - 2000
- Assistant Station Director, Research Planning and Application, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Asheville, NC
1996 - 1998
- Project Leader/Supervisory Research Plant Pathologist, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Huntsville, AL
1991 - 1996
- USDA Agricultural Liaison Officer, Alabama A&M University, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Huntsville, AL
1989 - 1991
- Research Plant Pathologist, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Corvallis, OR
1985 - 1989
- Society Of American Foresters, Forest Science, Member (1995 - Current)
Attend National Meetings
Awards & Recognition
- Presidental Rank Award, 2010
Career contributions in the Forest Service.
- Honor, 2003
Exception Leadership Award for your efforts in helping Alabama A&M University obtain Society of American Foresters Accreditation, Normal AL.
- Civic Award, 1994
Certificate of Appreciation: For Outstanding Service and Contributions to the Chapter, Xi Omicron Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Huntsville, AL.
- Honor, 1992
In recognition of Outstanding Contribution to the School of Agriculture and Home Economics, Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, AL.
- Civic, 1989
Certificate of Appreciation: For Outstanding Service and Contributions to Uplift of Humanity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Voorhees College, Denmark, SC.
- Lugo, A.E.; Eav, B.; Foster, G.S.; Rains, M.; Reaves, J.; Stouder, D.J. 2014. Forest Service Experimental Forests And Long-Term Data Sets: Stories Of Their Meaning To Station Directors.
- Reaves, Jimmy L. 2006. Understanding Sudden Oak Death: A Model Of Partnership And Collaboration.
- Reaves, Jimmy L.; Crawford, Ralph H. 1994. In Vitro Colony Interactions Among Species Of Trichoderma With Inference Toward Biological Control..
- Reaves, Jimmy L.; McWilliams, Michael. 1991. In Vitro Fruiting Of Armillaria Species..
- Reaves, Jimmy L.; Shaw, Charles G. III; Martin, Robert E.; Mayfield, John E. 1984. Effects Of Ash Leachates On Growth And Development Of Armillaria Mellea In Culture..