John C. Brissette



Research Forester/Project Leader

Educational Background

B.S.F., University of Michigan, 1975
M.F., University of Michigan, 1977
Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1990

Research Interests

My research interests are in silviculture and forest ecophysiology. I am particularily interested in how silvicultural treatments affect environmental factors such as temperature and the availability of light and moisture; and, subsequently, how changes in these factors impact regeneration and early stand development.

Current Research

My current research focuses on the long term effects silvicultural treatments have on regeneration, composition, structure, and productivity of northern conifer stands. This research is utilizing an array of silvicultural treatments that were established on the Penobscot Experimental Forest in the early to mid 1950s. I am also a member of a joint Forest Service Research National Forest System team working with Russian counterparts to demonstrate sustainable forestry in central Siberia.

Selected Publications

Brissette, J.C.; Frank, R.M.; Stone, T.L.; Skratt, T.A. 1999. Precommercial thinning in a northern conifer stand: 18-year results. The Forestry Chronicle 75(6):967-972.

Maguire, D.A.; Brissette, J.C.; Gu, L. 1998. Crown structure and growth efficiency of red spruce in uneven-aged, mixed-species stands in Maine. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 28:1233-1240.

Brissette, J.C.; Eubanks, S.T.; Gillespie, A.J.R.; Lasko, R.J.; Rykoff, A.V. 1997. Demonstrating appropriate silviculture for sustainable forestry in central Siberia: A Russian - American partnership. IN: Communicating the Role of Silviculture in Managing the National Forests: Proceedings of the National Silviculture Workshop. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE 238. Radnor, PA: USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station: 177-180.

Brissette, J.C. 1996. Effects of intensity and frequency of harvesting on abundance, stocking and composition of natural regeneration in the Acadian forest of eastern North America. Silva Fennica 30(2-3):301-314.

Brissette, J.C.; Chambers, J.L. 1992. Leaf water status and root system water flux of shortleaf pine (Pinus echinata Mill.) seedlings in relation to new root growth after transplanting. Tree Physiology 11:289-303.

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USDA Forest Service
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