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Coeli Hoover

Research Ecologist
271 Mast Road
Durham
New Hampshire
United States
03824-0640

Phone: 603-868-7633
Fax: 603-868-7604
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Current Research

My research is focused on estimating and managing forest carbon at the stand and landscape scales, using a variety of tools including LiDAR.  Carbon in forests is important for many reasons, including climate mitigation and soil productivity. Managing forests to maintain and enhance carbon stocks is compatible with other important forest management objectives, and I work to understand the carbon consequences of common management practices and the tradeoffs between managing for carbon and other objectives, such as wildlife habitat. I am also involved in outreach and training, teaching forest carbon estimation techniques to a variety of audiences.

Hoover, Coeli M.; Smith, James E. 2017. Equivalence of live tree carbon stocks produced by three estimation approaches for forests of the western United States. Forest Ecology and Management. 236-253.

Research Interests

Forest carbon stocks, especially those in the soil, do not respond uniformly to management actions. I am interested in understanding and identifying the major factors driving the response, so that we can better assess what forest characteristics indicate the greatest potential for additonal carbon storage. I am also interested in developing ways to estimate forest carbon stocks that are operationally feasible at the landscape scale.

Hoover, Coeli M. 2011. Management impacts on forest floor and soil organic carbon in northern temperate forests of the US. Carbon Balance and Management. 6:17. 8 p.

Hoover, Coeli; Birdsey, Richard; Goines, Bruce; Lahm, Peter; Marland, Gregg; Nowak, David; Prisley, Stephen; Reinhardt, Elizabeth; Skog, Ken; Skole, David; Smith, James; Trettin, Carl; Woodall, Christopher. 2014. Chapter 6: quantifying greenhouse gas sources and sinks in managed forest systems. In: Eve, M.; Pape, D.; Flugge, M.; Steele, R.; Man, D.; Riley-Gilbert, M.; Biggar, S. Quantifying greenhouse gas fluxes in agriculture and forestry: Methods for entity-scale inventory. Tech. Bull. 1939. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Chief Economist: 6-1-6.114.

Hoover, Coeli, M.; Heath, Linda S. 2011. Potential gains in storage on productive forestlands in the northeastern United Sates through stocking management. Ecological Applications. 21(4): 1154-1161, plus appendices.

Past Research

Hoover, C. M., Leak, W. B. and Keel, B. G. 2012. Benchmark carbon stocks from old-growth forests in northern New England, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 266:108-114.

Hoover, Coeli M.; Rebain, Stephanie A. 2011. Forest carbon estimation using the Forest Vegetation Simulator: Seven things you need to know. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-77. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 16 p.

Why This Research is Important

My research is very applied and is focused on helping landowners and managers estimate their forest carbon stocks and understand how management affects those stocks, so that they can add forest carbon to their list of management objectives. I use a variety of approaches - experiments to develop knowldege, tool development (such as the carbon reports in the Fire and Fuels Extension of the Forest Vegetation Simulator), and technology transfer (training sessions) to meet those objectives. Lack of forest inventory data and the expense of collecting such data are a major barrier for managers who want to include carbon sequestration in their management plans; current research on the feasibility of landscape scale carbon assessment using Lidar data and streamlined inventory has the potential to remove this obstacle.

Hoover, Coeli; Stout, Susan 2007. The carbon consequences of thinning techniques: stand structure makes a difference. Journal of Forestry. July/August: 266-270.

Hoover, Coeli; Birdsey, Richard; Goines, Bruce; Lahm, Peter; Marland, Gregg; Nowak, David; Prisley, Stephen; Reinhardt, Elizabeth; Skog, Ken; Skole, David; Smith, James; Trettin, Carl; Woodall, Christopher. 2014. Chapter 6: quantifying greenhouse gas sources and sinks in managed forest systems. In: Eve, M.; Pape, D.; Flugge, M.; Steele, R.; Man, D.; Riley-Gilbert, M.; Biggar, S. Quantifying greenhouse gas fluxes in agriculture and forestry: Methods for entity-scale inventory. Tech. Bull. 1939. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Chief Economist: 6-1-6.114.

Education

  • University of Georgia, Institute of Ecology, Ph.D. Soil Ecology 1996
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.S. Biology 1991

Professional Experience

  • Affiliate Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of New Hampshire
    2013 - Current
  • Research Ecologist, Northern Research Station
    2003 - Current
    Studies of biomass, soil and forest floor carbon stocks in managed and unmanaged forested lands; assessment of management impacts on soil carbon dynamics and aboveground carbon storage; simulation of effects of management strategies on carbon stocks. Technology transfer, decision support, and outreach related to forest carbon estimation and management.
  • Research Soil Scientist, Northeastern Research Station
    1999 - 2003

Professional Organizations

  • Society of American Foresters (SAF), Full Member (2011 - Current)
  • American Geophysical Union, Full Member (2001 - Current)
  • Ecological Society of America, Full Member (1992 - Current)
    Member of Board of Professional Certification, which reviews applications for professional certification.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Member (1991 - Current)

Awards & Recognition

  • USDA Certificate of Merit, 2008
    Awarded for producing and editing the book "Field Measurements for Forest Carbon Monitoring: A Landscape-Scale Approach"
  • USDA Certificate of Merit, 2008
    Awarded to the Carbon Tools Development Group, winner of the 2008 Excellence in Technology Transfer Award for the Northern Research Station
  • USDA Forest Service Certificate of Appreciation, 2000
    Awarded for outstanding collaboration with the Department of Defense on forest carbon sequestration

Featured Publications & Products

Publications

Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


NRS-2014-036
Estimating Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Managed Forests

Forests have an important role in reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Forest Service scientists wrote the forestry chapter in a recent ...

2014


NRS-2016-117
LiDAR: A Bird’s-Eye Look at Wildlife Habitat

Wildlife species often prefer habitats with specific characteristics. For example, many birds need dense brushy areas where they can safely nest ...

2016


NRS-2017-43
New addition to i-Tree family estimates carbon in wood products

Wood continues to store carbon after it is harvested, and some carbon offset programs allow landowners to receive credit for carbon in products ...

2017


NRS-2015-111
PRESTO: A Web-based Tool for Estimating Carbon in Wood Products

Carbon is stored not only in living trees but also in products made from the wood of harvested trees. PRESTO, an easy-to-use web-based tool for ...

2015


NRS-2013-027
Scientists Measure Carbon Storage in New England Old-Growth Forests

Managing forests to store carbon is one way to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Measuring carbon in old-growth forests helps managers understa ...

2013


Last updated on : 10/03/2019