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  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
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Chris Woodall in New Hampshire

Christopher W. Woodall

Research Forester
271 Mast Rd
New Hampshire
United States

Phone: 603-868-7638
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Current Research

As a Research Forester within the Forest Inventory and Analysis program I assist with implementing various aspects of regional/national forest inventories ranging from inventory design and field techniques to value-added analyses and scientific exploration of emerging forest trends.  In addition to my lines of science, I coordinate a regional research cooperative (Northeastern States Research Cooperative) that brings together federal, state, local, and private entities to advance forest science for the well being of forests and communities in the Northern Forest.

Research Interests

In addition to my coordination of a regional research cooperative and national inventory initiatives, impactful research assigned to me includes refining our quantification and understanding of the role of forest dead wood in forest stand dynamics, production, and carbon cycles.  In addition to dead wood exploration, I investigate the refinement of forest stand dynamics metrics, such as stocking indices, based on emerging theories of ecology and the availability of big data. Finally, I examine trends in tree regeneration coupled with assessments of tree range dynamics.  Taken together, I operate at the intersection of applied forest ecology and big data (i.e., forest inventories) to enable US forests and associated communities/economies to be resilient and adaptable during a period of increasing global change.

Why This Research is Important

My research, leadership, and analyses fill critical information needs regarding forest ecosystems to the general public, resource managers, scientists, policy makers, economists, and a wide range of other natural resource specialists. Success in this mission is crucial to assessing the sustainability of not only forest ecosystems in the northern United States, but also the health of our Nation's forests. Research outputs provide Forest Service customers and clients with crucial information and provide improved techniques for data application to a range of resource inventory and monitoring needs (e.g., national carbon stock assessment and national forest stand relative density).


  • University of Montana, Ph.D. Silviculture 2000
  • University of Montana, M.S. Silviculture 1997
  • Clemson University, B.S. Forestry 1995

Professional Experience

  • Adjunct Professor of Forestry, University of Minnesota
    2008 - Current

Professional Organizations

  • Forest Science, Associate Editor (2010 - Current)
  • Society of American Foresters (SAF), Affiliate Member (1991 - Current)

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Research Highlights


A Tale of Two Forest Carbon Inventories: How Land-Use Measurements Affect National Greenhouse Gas Inventories

In a tale of two different forest carbon (C) inventories, the epilogue is that these C inventories are for the same forest but with different au ...


Analysis Reveals Cyclical and Structural Changes in Forest Products Industry

Structural changes may be difficult to reverse but prospects for growth exist in forest product exports and wood-based biorefining


Better Estimates of Carbon Inventory in Dead Wood Now Available

Researchers with the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program have sampled downed and dead woody material (DWM) since 2002 so most U.S. state ...


Can Tree Species Rapidly Adapt to Climate Change by Migrating?

New techniques to monitor tree ranges in forests of the eatern U.S. suggest that current ranges may not be shifting along their range margins in ...


First Inventory of Standing Dead Trees Across the United States Developed

Study compares differences between previously modeled estimates and new empirical estimates


If a Tree Falls in a Forest, How Long Does It Lie There

Dead wood is critical to nutrient cycling, carbon dynamics, tree regeneration, wildlife habitat, and wildfire behavior in forests. Forest Servi ...


Increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration alters forest stand development, so do management guidelines need revision?

A decade ago, increased atmospheric carbon dioxide was at the heart of the Aspen Free-Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment Experiment. Forest Service r ...


New Tree Volume and Biomass Estimation Procedures Implemented for the Yearly U.S. National Greenhouse Gas Inventory

New procedures have improved the accuracy, reliability, and transparency of the U.S. National Greenhouse Gas Inventory of U.S. forests and bioma ...


Risk Matrix Highlights Knowledge Gaps in Forest Carbon Stocks

Forest Service scientists propose a basic approach to assess global change risks to forest carbon stocks in the U.S., which builds on the curren ...


The Next Generation of Forest Analysis: Integrating Tree Functional Traits With the “Big Data” of Forest Inventories

Over recent years, plant traits such as shade tolerance or wood density have emerged as valuable variables in interpreting plant population dyna ...


Last updated on : 01/12/2022