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  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
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Ralph H. Crawford

Acting Associate Deputy Chief for R&D
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington
District of Columbia
United States
20250-0003

Phone: 703-605-5253
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Current Research

I currently provide leadership for research efforts on the Forest Service 93 million acres of rangeland and grasslands. As the national program leader for rangeland ecology research, I am responsible for developing research policies, strategies, standards, and guidance to provide continuity of Forest Service influence in the national and international science communities. I provide research program leadership through program reviews, program development, and coordination with other deputy areas of the Forest Service and other agencies. These scientific products have broad application to public, state, private and international rangelands and grasslands.

Additional duties include the providing of national leadership for weed research in the Invasive Species Strategic Program Area and our 80 Experimental Forests and Ranges and the 500 Research Natural Areas establishment and disestablishment records.

Past Research

As a scientist in the Pacific Northwest Research Station, I focused on the above and belowground microbial community associations of plants and coarse woody debris materials.

As a scientist in the Northern Research Station, I focused on the foliar fungal endophytes of Acers spp.

Education

  • Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama, Ph.D. Plant And Soil Science Belowground Ecosystem Dynamics of Microbial Communities of Southwest Oregon Forest 1995
  • Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia, M.S. Biology/Plant Pathology Foliar Endophytic Communities of Central Oregon Shrubs 1983
  • Voorhees College, Denmark, South Carolina, B.S. Biology Biology 1979

Professional Experience

  • National Program Leader for Rangeland Ecology Research, USDA Forest Service, Research and Development, Washington, DC
    2003 - Current
    I currently provide leadership for research efforts on the Forest Service 93 million acres of rangeland and grasslands. As the national program leader for rangeland ecology research, I am responsible for developing research policies, strategies, standards, and guidance to provide continuity of Forest Service influence in the national and international science communities. I provide research program leadership through program reviews, program development, and coordination with other deputy areas of the Forest Service and other agencies. These scientific products have broad application to public, state, private and international rangelands and grasslands
  • USDA Agricultural Liaison Officer, Delaware State University, Dover Delaware, Delaware State University
    1998 - 2003
  • Research Plant Pathologist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Hamden, Connecticut
    1996 - 1998
  • Research Plant Pathologist, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Corvallis, Oregon
    1993 - 1996
  • Plant Pathologist, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Corvallis, Oregon
    1984 - 1993
  • Biology Instructor, Clark College
    1981 - 1984

Professional Organizations

  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, Full Member (2012 - Current)
  • Urban League Black Executive Exchange Program, Visiting Professor (2006 - Current)
    Lecture at HBCUs yearly
  • Ecological Society of America, Full Member (2003 - Current)
  • Society For Range Management, Full Member (2003 - Current)

Awards & Recognition

  • Federal Geographic Data Committee Letter of Commendation, 2008
    Provided leadership for establishing the FGDC National Vegetation Classification Standard
  • Obie Patterson Award , 1995
    Dedication, contribution and professionalism in representing African-American males in the U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Multicultural Award USDA Forest Service, 1993
    Presented in recognition of outstanding contributions toward achieving a diverse workforce.

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Last updated on : 05/23/2016