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Don C. Bragg

Don C. Bragg

Project Leader
P.O. Box 3516 UAM
United States

Phone: 870-367-3465
Fax: 870-367-1164
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Current Research

  • Silviculture of naturally regenerated pine and pine-hardwood ecosystems in the southeastern U.S.
  • Height measurement and modeling techniques
  • Applied historical ecology and the history of forestry
  • Ecology and management of old-growth forests in the Midsouth
  • Ice storm impacts on the ecology and management of southern forests
  • Composition, structure, biomass, and productivity of southern pine-dominated ecosystems
  • Modeling forest dynamics using simulation models

Research Interests

In addition to the current research programs listed above, I am also interested in disturbance ecology, the role of humans in the development of historic and current forests, the evolution of landscapes and their corresponding vegetative communities, and the role of natural resource technology transfer in education and professional development.

I have long been fascinated by the role people played in the development of forests. This includes prehistoric peoples, the historic lumbering period, and more recent management practices and trends. I am particularly interested in how human impacts have shaped the structure, composition, and function of our forests, and how we can adapt knowledge of past forest communities to help shape and improve contemporary silvicultural practices.

One specific example of the evolution of landscapes is the formation of "prairie mounds" in the Midsouth. These natural-origin circular mounds are very abundant across much of the region, but we still know almost nothing about them. Evidence suggests they may be relicts of prehistoric climate extremes (primarily megadroughts), but we lack convincing information to definitively show that this was the origin of these features. I'm also intrigued by the seismic history of this portion of the US, especially as it relates to the formation of sand blows, a liquefaction feature found in a surprising number of areas in a previously thought stable area.

Past Research

  • The birdseye grain abnormality in sugar maple
  • Riparian large woody debris recruitment


  • Utah State University, Ph.D. Forest Ecology 1999
  • Michigan Technological University, M.S. Forestry 1995
  • Michigan Technological University, B.S. Forestry 1992

Professional Experience

  • GS-14 Research Forester, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service
    2009 - Current
  • GS-13 Research Forester, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service
    2004 - 2009
  • GS-12 Research Forester, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service
    2000 - 2004
  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Michigan
    2000 - 2000

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Research Highlights


How Do Insects, Diseases, and Weather Disturbances Interact? An Assessment of Current Knowledge for the South

Forests in the northern and western U.S. and Europe have been well-studied in terms of wind disturbance and subsequent insect infestations. Howe ...


Research Reveals Age-based Lessons from Decades of Uneven-aged Harvests

Seventy-two years of uneven-aged silviculture has had a profound influence on the development of two pine-dominated stands on the Crossett Exper ...


Reviewing the Impacts of Drought on Forests of the United States

Changing climate, especially increased temperatures and lower rainfall, and land management practices have the potential to dramatically influen ...


Last updated on : 03/01/2021