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 The Role of Environmental Stress on Tree Growth and Development
 Ecological Processes: A Basis for Managing Forests and Water Quality in New England
 Integrating Social and Biophysical Sciences for Natural Resource Management
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 George D. Aiken Forestry Sciences Lab                        705 Spear Street  South Burlington, Vermont 05403

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Marla R. Emery, PH.D.

Research Geographer

Northeastern Research Station

705 Spear St., P.O. Box 968

Burlington, VT 05402-0968

Phone:(802) 951-6771 x1060;  Fax: (802) 951-6368


Marla R. Emery is a Research Geographer with the Northeastern Research Station of the USDA Forest Service, where her research focuses on the role of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) in household economies and other direct human-forest interactions.  She conducted the first comprehensive study of contemporary NTFP use in the United States, for which she spent a year in Michigan's Upper Peninsula conducting ethnographic research that documented the material uses of 138 products from over 80 botanical species and the livelihood practices associated with them.  She is currently repeating that work in the northeastern United States as well as conducting research on fine-scale land use in the Adirondack Park region of New York.  Dr. Emery also serves as Adjunct Associate Professor in the University of Vermont Department of Geography.  Her past duties with the Forest Service have included developing an agenda for research on the human dimensions of global environmental change for the Forest Service's Northern Global Change Program.

Dr. Emery came to the Forest Service from the National Research Council (NRC) in Washington, DC, where she served as Staff Officer for the U.S. National Committee for the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction.  During her four years at the NRC, she worked extensively with international organizations and agencies of the U.S. Federal Government.  She also spoke to groups in the United States and abroad about natural disaster reduction.  Before joining the staff of the NRC she worked for eight years as an educator.

Dr. Emery has a B.A. in French/Spanish from San Josť State University, California, and a Master's of Science in Education from the University of Miami, Florida. She received her Ph.D. in Geography at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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