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Steve Shifley

Stephen R. Shifley

Emeritus Research Forester
202 Natural Resources Bldg., University of Missouri-Columbia
United States

Phone: 573-875-5341 x232
Fax: 573-875-0038
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Current Research

I am working with a team of scientists to forecast long-term, large-scale changes in Midwestern forest landscapes that result from natural disturbances and from alternative harvesting practices. I am using information on regional, national, and global patterns of wood consumption, forest growth, and timber harvest to identify issues related to sustainable forest management. I am working to understand factors associated with oak mortality and on methods to minimize its impact.

Research Interests

I will continue to work on issues related to forest sustainability and landscape-scale, cumulative impacts of forest management decisions. In the coming years I will place more emphasis on fire effects (wildfire and prescribed fire) and bio-energy production as it relates to theses issues.

Why This Research is Important

Forecasting landscape change with simulation models is an essential quantitative tool for understanding the large-scale, long-term, cumulative effects of forest management. This knowledge is required for management of National Forests and equally crucial for understanding the combined effect of seemingly independent management decisions by thousands of private forestland owners on a single landscape. It is important to consider the effects of consumption of wood products on forest resources at home and abroad. In the U.S. we often transfer impacts of harvesting and consumption elsewhere and fail to consider the broader implications for forest sustainability.


  • Purdue University, B.S. Forestry 1976
  • Purdue University, M.S. Forestry 1978
  • University of Minnesota, Ph.D. Forestry 1990

Professional Organizations

  • Society of American Foresters (SAF)
  • Conservation Federation of Missouri
  • Society for Conservation Biology, Missouri

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Research Highlights


Big Changes Ahead Expected for Northern Forests

Northern Forests, those in the 20 states bounded by Maine, Maryland, Missouri, and Minnesota, are in for some big changes in the next 50 years. ...


Forest Management Guidelines Help Improve and Sustain Missouri's Forest Resources

Missouri landowners and resource managers need state-of-the-art, science-based knowledge of forest management planning, silviculture, and best m ...


Future Forests of the Northern United States

The recent publication of Future Forests of the Northern United States and associated databases caps a 6-year effort to examine past trends, cur ...


Report Details Trends and Current Conditions for Northern Forests

Overarching issues include the interaction of forests and people, managing invasive species, sustaining biodiversity, and sustaining capacity fo ...


Second Edition Published of 'Oak Bible'---The Ecology and Silviculture of Oaks

The second edition of The Ecology and Silviculture of Oaks was recently authored by retireed NRS scientist Paul Johnson (Columbia, MO) and NRS s ...


Last updated on : 02/25/2021