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Steven McNulty

Steven McNulty

Director, USDA Southeast Regional Climate Hub
920 Main Campus, Dr. Venture Center 2, Suite 300
Raleigh
North Carolina
United States
27606

Phone: 919-515-9489
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Current Research

I focus on two types of research: Basic; and Applied.  Both forms of research are important. Basic research provides important information about the structure and function of an ecosystem, and how ecosystems respond to different environmental stresses such as climate change and air pollution. Applied research takes our understanding of ecosystem structure and function from basic research and uses this information to develop adaptive management strategies to ecosystem risk and improve ecosystem function.

My basic research includes understanding how nitrogen and sulfur deposition along with climate change can impact high elevation spruce fir forests, nutrient and water use and yield from forest it watersheds, and understanding ecosystem risk at the regional to continental scale through field experiments and ecosystem modeling.

By applied research includes developing that can assess ecosystem stress and provide land managers with options for correcting reducing or preventing negative impacts stress to their forest, agricultural, range land environments.

Research Interests

Adaptative management strategies for increasing ecosystem and working land resilience to climage change and variabilty.

Why This Research is Important

This research is designed to be useful for management of forest and range lands given the increasing variability of climate in both the short and long-term. Future working land sustainability depends to the choices that land managers are making today, and these studies will give the tools and information needed to make informed decisions.

Education

  • University of New Hampshire, Durham, Ph.D. Natural Resources 1991
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, M.S. Forestry 1987
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, B.S. Natural Resources 1985

Professional Organizations

  • Iufro Working Group 7.01.06 (Risk Assessment), Deputy Coordinator (2015 - Current)
    Coordinate Sessions at IUFRO Meetings associated with climate change, vulnerability and risk. Develop publications with other IUFRO Members on this topic.

Awards & Recognition

  • USDA Forest Service Award for Superior Research Achievement, 2013
    Award “for exceptional impact in the community of climate change science and adaptation management
  • Southern Research Stations Directors Science Delivery Award, 2013
    Award for “exemplary service in providing advanced scientific knowledge to land managers through a user-friendly, online information system”
  • USDA Forest Service Chiefs Excellence in Science and Technology Award, 2013
    Award for “Researching and Advancing Global Climate-Related Societal Impacts”
  • USDA Certificate of Appreciation , 2012
    Award for helping to develop the 2012 Sustainable Operations Summit agenda, and for presenting at the workshop
  • Southern Research Stations Director Distinguished Scientist Award, 2012
    Award for over 20 years or sustained, and highly significant research productivity on environmental stress impacts across the southern US
  • Forest Service Deputy Chief of Research and Development Distinguished Science Award, 2012
    Award for sustained research productivity, proactive science technology, innovative leadership, applied forest science, and longtime federal service
  • SRS Director’s Science Delivery Award, 2011
    Award for leading and significantly contributing to several chapters in the Southern Forest Futures Project, and for providing a formal review for most of the chapters
  • USDA Extra Effort Award, 2010
    Award for initiating the First Friday All Climate Change Talks (FFACCTs) that presented news and research results via WebEx for Regions 8 and 9, the northern and southern research stations, and other agencies on the first Friday of every month
  • USDA Forest Service Region 8 Forest Supervisors Group Award for Technology Transfer, 2010
    Award (with six other members of the TACCIMO team) for the development and application of the web-based tool for assessing climate change impacts and management options (TACCIMO) for use in forest planning across National Forest System Region 8. 2011.
  • North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources Certificate of Appreciation , 2008
    Award for my contribution to CAPAG and to three of the working groups which resulted in a report the North Carolina State Legislature on climate change adaptation options for North Carolina.
  • USDA Extra Effort Award, 2008
    Award for my contributions to the organization and application of the 2004 SRS All Scientists Meeting that included the Assistant Secretary of Agriculture and FS Deputy Chief
  • USDA Extra Effort Award, 2004
    Award for authoring Criteria 67, Capacity to conduct and apply research and development aimed at improving forest management and the ability to predict impacts on forests of possible climate change
  • USDA Certificate of Merit, 2004
    Award for my contribution (as co-chair) to the development and operation of the USCCC which is providing some of the first inter-site comparable measurements of carbon sequestration across China.
  • USDA Certificate of Merit for Superior Research Achievement, 2004
    Award for publishing over a dozen papers during a single fiscal year
  • USDA Extra Effort Award, 2003
    Award for serving as the Chair for the 175 papers presented at the October 2002 “Advances in Terrestrial Ecosystem Carbon Inventory, Measurements, and Monitoring” Meeting
  • SRS Directors Stewardship Award, 2003
    Group award in recognition for outstanding ecological achievement in research support of land management. The SGCP was nominated for this award because of leadership in integrating ecosystem modeling with the assessment of critical management issues.
  • Distinguished Publication Award from East Tennessee Chapter Society Technical Communication, 2001
    award along with my co-authors for the following paper. Dale V.H., L. A. Joyce, S.G. McNulty, R.P. Neilson, M.P. Ayres, M.D. Flannigan, P.J. Hanson, L.C. Irland, A.E. Lugo, C.J. Peterson, D. Simberloff, F.J. Swanson, B.J. Stocks, and B. M. Wotton. 2001.
  • USDA Extra Effort Award, 2001
    Award for serving as Acting AD P&A position for six months while the position was vacant
  • USDA Extra Effort Award, 2001
    Award for co-writing and editing the SOFRA chapter pertaining to numerous environmental stresses including ozone, acid rain and climate change impacts on southern forest health and productivity
  • USDA Extra Effort Award, 2001
    Award for serving as the guest co-editor for the 43 papers published in the journal Environmental Pollution which were the result of the October 2000 “Advances in Terrestrial Ecosystem Carbon Inventory, Measurements, and Monitoring” Meeting.
  • USDA Extra Effort Award, 2000
    Award for my development and writing contributions to the Forest Service national strategic plan for climate change research
  • USDA Extra Effort Award , 2000
    this award for my efforts to organize (as meeting chair) the meeting entitled “Advances in Terrestrial Ecosystem Carbon Inventory, Measurements, and Monitoring”. The multi-agency sponsored meeting included over 175 international scientists, policy makers
  • USDA Extra Effort Award, 2000
    Award for organizing (as federal chair of the forest sector) and writing contributions to the development of the US National Assessment on Climate Change Impacts to US Forests
  • USDA Extra Effort Award, 1999
    Award for organizing and hosting the Forest Service national strategic plan for climate change research
  • USDA Certificate of Appreciation for contribution to a distinguished publication, 1999
    Award for my writing contributions to a keystone paper on the impacts of nitrogen deposition on US forests. The paper examines ecosystem response and potential management strategies for minimizing environmental impacts.
  • Chinese National Soil Conservation Society distinguished paper award, 1998
    Award for my paper entitled “The development and use of Best Management Practices in forested watersheds.” McNulty, S.G. and G. Sun. 1998. In: Proceedings of the I
  • Chinese National Academy of Science Award , 1998
    Award for my continuing collaboration with Chinese scientists to reduce the impact of soil erosion on stream water quality across the country.
  • USDA Forest Service Award for Superior Research Achievement, 1995
    Award for innovative research related to the integration of multiple disciplines (including regional scale ecosystem hydrology, productivity, economics, and climate change)

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Publications

Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


SRS-2014-164
Hub Helps Landowners "SERCHing" for Climate Change Answers

Land managers face new challenges every year from the growing effects of climate change. The regional livelihoods of farmers, foresters, and ran ...

2014


SRS-2011-24
TACCIMO Development Team Honored with Regional Forester's Honor Award

The Template for Assessing Climate change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO) development team, composed of researchers from the Southern R ...

2011


Last updated on : 08/25/2016