Feature

Who Says Research Can’t be Fun?

Tiffany Holloway
Office of Communication, U.S. Forest Service
April 17th, 2013 at 6:30PM

If Morgan Grove had 30 seconds to brief any high-level official, he would simply describe his job as working to make cities better and safer places for people to live.

“Our Forest Service research benefits the public in many ways — including having clean water to drink, safer living environments and recreating outside for healthier lives,” said Grove.

Because of Grove’s love of the great outdoors, he’s observed, learned and shared a lot of his scientific expertise during his 17 years with the U.S. Forest Service. He is a research scientist at the Northern Research Station’s field office in Baltimore, located in one of the most heavily forested and heavily populated areas in the United States.

Grove has a knack for easily making the connection between economic and socio-environmental factors that influence urban living. Research wasn’t part of his early studies, but then mid-stream through college he says he really hit his stride.

“I began to see how to make the connections between science and people’s lives, studying the interactions between ecological, societal and economic factors. I have always been interested in applications where science improves people lives so the research and development field was a perfect fit for me.”

Grove has experienced a couple of ‘aha’ moments connecting economic and socio-environmental factors together.

Read more about Grove in the Forest Service feature “Faces of the Forest,” an online showcase that highlights the people, places and professions within the agency.