USDA Forest Service

Pacific Southwest Research Station

Pacific Southwest
Research Station

800 Buchanan Street
Albany, CA 94710-0011
(510) 883-8830
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Research TopicsTropical Ecosystems

Tropical Ecosystems

Research and Technical Assistance Emphases:


Invasive Species

The Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry (IPIF) conducts terrestrial, riparian and marine research on invasive plant, animal and microbial species in the diverse ecosystems of Hawaiʻi and the US Affiliated Pacific.

Restoration of
Socio-ecological Systems

In the past decade, there has developed a strong interest in identifying creative approaches to restoring native ecosystems across the Pacific to conserve a highly threatened and large endemic biodiversity, and importantly restore connections between people and place including reinstituting indigenous stewardship practices.

Tropical Forest

Forest Management Services

The USDA Forest Service's Pacific Region includes Hawaiʻi, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and American Samoa, and is home to important global hotspots of biological and cultural diversity.

Watersheds, wetlands, and water
in the Asia-Pacific

Aquatic ecosystems in Hawaiʻi, the US Affiliated Pacific Islands, and the Pacific Rim include streams, wetlands, and mangrove forests that are in peril from unsustainable resource extraction, land use change, climate change, and exotic species that alter ecological, hydrological, and biogeochemical cycles.

Science-based Outreach Activities

Science-based Outreach Activities

IPIF provides scientific and technical information and training needed to restore, protect and sustain forest and fresh-water ecosystems of the Pacific for purposes of conservation and long-term sustainability of nature and culture. IPIF’s education and outreach efforts are multi-faceted, involving intensive K-12 programming, teacher training programs, student friendly community events, and community-based knowledge co-production and exchange.