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John A. Stanturf

Senior Scientist
320 Green Street
Athens, GA 30602-2044
Phone: 706-559-4316


Current Research

My research fits broadly into three categories: understanding disturbances and their effects on forest ecosystems; managing disturbances and restoring ecosystems; and modeling and synthesis of disturbance processes. Specific interests are functional restoration of degraded forest sites; incorporating disturbance and risk into forest management; climate change adaptation; and short-rotation woody crops for bioenergy and carbon sequestration. Throughout my career I have conducted research in temperate and tropical forests in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Recently I have worked on biodiversity and REDD+ related issues in Africa through consultancies with the US Agency for International Development. Experience within Government, industry and academia in both research and management roles.

Education

  • Cornell University, Ph.D. Forest Soils, 1983
  • Cornell University, M.S. Forest Soils, 1979
  • Montana State University, B.S. Plant and Soil Science, 1974

Professional Experience

  • Senior Scientist (ST), Center Forest Disturbance Science, US Forest Service, Athens, GA
    2011 - Current
  • Adjunct Professor of Forestry , Auburn University, AL
    1994 - Current
  • Adjunct Professor of Forestry , Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS
    1994 - Current
  • Research Ecologist and Project Leader, Center Forest Disturbance Science, US Forest Service, Athens, GA
    2000 - 2011
  • Research Ecologist and Project Leader, Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research, US Forest Service, Stoneville, MS
    1992 - 2000
  • Group Leader Pine Silviculture Research, Union Camp Corp., Savannah, GA
    1990 - 1992
  • Research Associate, Hardwood Research Initiative, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
    1989 - 1990
  • Assistant Professor, Geology and Director, Allegheny Research Development Center , University of Pittsburgh-Bradford, Bradford, PA
    1986 - 1989
  • Research Forester, Hammermill Paper Company/US Forest Service
    1983 - 1986
  • Soil Scientist, Montana Department of Natural Resources, Energy Planning Division
    1974 - 1974

Awards & Recognition

  • Honorary Doctorate, Estonian University of Life Sciences, 2011
    Awarded in recognition of expertise in forest restoration and sustained support of academic programs at EMU.
  • Director’s Partnership Award, 2011
    “For dedication in the building of partnerships that span not only research units, but continents.”
  • Director’s Science Delivery Group Award—Southern Forest Futures Project Team , 2011
    Led writing of chapter on wildfire.
  • Certificate of Appreciation from the US Department of Energy , 2011
    For contribution to the production and publication of the “US Billion-Ton Update: Biomass Supply for a Bioenergy and Bioproducts Industry.”
  • Performance award , 2010
    “For exceptional leadership in international research, especially carbon monitoring in West Africa.”
  • Merit Award , 2009
    “For extra effort in leading the SRS leadership Team through a science focused LT meeting, and in the development of a new LT vision.”
  • Performance award , 2009
    “For exceptional performance in science leadership at the unit, science area, and the Station level.”
  • Performance award , 2008
    “For managing a high performing research team while maintaining an internationally recognized program of personal research.”
  • Certificate of Appreciation, IUFRO Secretariat, 2007
    “For his leading role in promoting global science collaboration on forest landscape restoration in particular through the organization of the IUFRO Conference on Forest Landscape Restoration held from 14 to 19 May 2007 in Seoul, Republic of Korea.”
  • Merit Award from Director, International Programs, 2007
    “Leadership in organizing the international conference on Forest Landscape Restoration held in Seoul, Korea 2007.”
  • Performance award, 2007
    “For support of the Station’s realignment effort by developing the concept and template used for the five Science Area Charters and reviewing and editing the Science Area Charter for Threats to Forest Health.”
  • Chief’s Honor Award for Distinguished Science , 2006
    “Leadership in developing methods for restoration of temperate forests and for developing innovative methods to rehabilitate and restore southern forest ecosystems.”
  • Director’s Superior Science Award , 2006
    “Leadership in developing methods for restoration of temperate forests and for developing innovative methods to rehabilitate and restore southern forest ecosystems.”
  • Director’s Global Stewardship Award , 2006
    “Leadership and sustained effort to advance the global mission of the Forest Service as a leader in restoration science.”
  • Performance award , 2006
    “For managing a high performing research team while maintaining an internationally recognized program of personal research.”
  • Merit award from Deputy Director Research and Development, 2005
    "In recognition of your service as a member of an FS R&D Logic Model and CTA Workshop Core Team.”
  • Performance award , 2005
    “For managing a high performance research team while maintaining an internationally recognized program of personal research.”
  • Performance award , 2004
    “For advancing the Forest Service’s role as an international leader in forestry research.”
  • Performance award , 2003
    “Extraordinary leadership in responding to the National Fire Plan.”
  • Certificates of Appreciation from the Secretariat of the International Union of Forestry Researc, 2002
    “Outstanding effort in organizing and holding the IUFRO Conference on Restoration of Boreal and Temperate Forests, held April –May, 2002 in Vejle, Denmark.”
  • Performance award , 2002
    “Extraordinary leadership in managing a complex research work unit.”
  • Civil Rights Award , 2002
    Civil Rights Committee of the Southern Research Station for “Promoting workforce diversity.”
  • Performance award, 2001
    “Extraordinary leadership in leading SRS 4104 in responding to the National Fire Plan.”
  • Achievement award from the Director Southern Research Station, 2001
    “Recognition of Contributions to the Southern Forest Resource Assessment.”
  • Performance award , 2000
    “Outstanding leadership in helping to organize the Lower Mississippi Valley Watershed Project.”
  • Taking Wing Award for Research, 1999
    “Iatt Creek Ecosystem Management Research Site.”
  • Director’s Customer Service Award, 1999
    Group Award to the Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research
  • Spot award, 1999
    “For serving as Acting Assistant Director for Research-West for the Southern Research Station in Asheville, North Carolina for the period March 22-26, 1999.”
  • Performance award , 1999
    “Extraordinary leadership in organizing and leading the Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research RWU-4155.”
  • Performance award , 1998
    “For outstanding leadership in combining four RWUs into a single RWU and developing a cohesive team.”
  • Taking Wing Award for Public Awareness, 1997
    “For contributions to the Sharkey Restoration Site, recipient of the 1997 Taking Wing Award in the Category Public Awareness.”
  • Delta Council Achievement Award, 1997
    “Outstanding Contributions to Hardwood Forestry.”
  • Performance award , 1997
    “Sustained superior performance in support of Research Work Unit 4155, Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research.”
  • Performance award , 1996
    “Outstanding performance in FY-96 as Project Leader of the Center for Bottomland Hardwood and Wetland Forest Ecosystems Research Work Unit.”
  • Performance award , 1995
    “Sustained superior performance in support of Research Work Unit 4152, Multiple-Resource Management of Southern Bottomland Hardwood and Wetland Forest Ecosystems.”
  • Performance award , 1994
    “Sustained superior performance in support of Research Work Unit 4152, Multiple-Resource Management of Southern Bottomland Hardwood and Wetland Forest Ecosystems.”
  • Best Paper Award. Eighth Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference, 1994
    For the paper titled: “Survival and growth of planted and direct-seeded oaks in the Santee River Floodplain after 10 years.”
  • Lady Davis Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research, 1982
    Fellowship awarded competitively in North America for research at Technion (Haifa) or Hebrew University (Jerusalem) in Israel.
  • Language Training Fellowship, 1976
    Competitively awarded fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for summer training at a Goethe Institute in Germany.
  • Legislative Intern, Montana Legislature, 1973
    Competitively awarded internship with the Montana Senate.
  • Campbell Foundation Scholarship, 1973
    Competitively awarded academic scholarship at Montana State University.
  • Hodgekiss Foundation Scholarship, 1972
    Competitively awarded academic scholarship at Montana State University.

Featured Publications & Products

Publications & Products

Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


SRS-2011-01
Giving forest-fringe communities a stake in restoring and conserving rainforests in Africa

Restoring, conserving and protecting forests depends on the action of local communities. Community members can be given incentives to conserve f ...

2011


SRS-2012-17
Wildfire in the United States: Future Trends and Potential

Climate models project warming and increased droughts this century in the continental United States, so wildfire is likely to increase according ...

2012


Last updated on : 10/29/2014