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Dale Brockway

Dale Brockway

Emeritus Scientist
521 Devall Drive
United States

Phone: 334-826-8700 x128
Fax: 334-821-0037
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Current Research

Forest ecosystem ecology, fire ecology, restoration ecology and silviculture. Quantify the dynamic interactions between ecological processes and natural disturbance regimes, specifically fire as a regulator of ecosystem function, structure, pattern and composition. Development of technologies useful in restoration of degraded ecosystems to a functional status compatible with achieving the multiple goals and objectives of natural resource managers. Analysis of the management impacts, resulting from application of silviculture alternatives, on ecosystem processes, biological diversity and sustainable productivity in longleaf pine forests.

Research Interests

Ecosystem restoration; ecosystem recovery from disturbance; uneven-aged forest management through selection silviculture.

Past Research

Restoring fire as an ecological process in shortgrass prairies; restoring grassland savannas from degraded pinyon-juniper woodlands; forest plant diversity at local and landscape scales in the Cascade Mountains; ecological classification and management of forest plant associations in the western Cascades; forest fertilization and nutrient cycling through land application of biosolids and wastewater.

Why This Research is Important

During the earlier period of timber exploitation, longleaf pine occupancy throughout the South was reduced from 93 to less than 3 million acres. Since this time, longleaf pine forests have come to be recognized as being among the most species-rich plant communities outside the tropics and yet one of the most endangered of terrestrial ecosystems in North America. In recent times, broad-scale collaborative efforts have developed which are aimed at restoring longleaf pine on several million new acres and improving the condition of longleaf pine ecosystems on many existing acres. The research undertaken by RWU-SRS-4158 "Restoring and Managing Longleaf Pine Ecosystems" focuses on providing new and improved methods, techniques and tools that will facilitate the restoration of longleaf pine ecosystems and provide guidance for sustainably managing longleaf pine forests for a broad range of products and services.


  • Michigan State University, Ph.D. Forest Ecology and Forest Soils 1979
  • Michigan State University, M.S. Forest Ecology and Silviculture 1975
  • Michigan State University, B.S. Biology: Ecology and Physiology 1973
  • Delta College, A.S. Conservation Biology 1971

Professional Experience

  • Research Ecologist, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service
    1998 - Current
  • Research Ecologist, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service
    1994 - 1998
  • Forest & Grassland Ecologist, Rocky Mountain Region, USDA Forest Service
    1992 - 1994
  • Research Plant Ecologist, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service
    1990 - 1992
  • Forest Planning and Policy Development Section Leader, Forest Management Division, Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources
    1989 - 1990
  • Forest Soil Scientist, Environmental Protection Bureau, Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources
    1983 - 1989
  • Forest Ecologist, Pacific Northwest Region, USDA Forest Service
    1981 - 1983
  • Forest Soil Scientist, Environmental Protection Bureau, Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources
    1979 - 1981

Professional Organizations

  • Society for Ecological Restoration, Member (2001 - Current)
  • Ecological Society of America, Lifetime Member (1988 - Current)
  • Society of American Foresters (SAF), Member (1975 - Current)

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Research Highlights


Comparing Reproduction Techniques for Longleaf Pine Forests

Methods of even-aged management for longleaf pine are well known, but techniques for uneven-aged management have been poorly understood and larg ...


Dynamics of longleaf pine cone production in the southeastern U.S.

Longleaf pine cone production is the result of complex interactions between trees and their environment. Multiscale entropy reflects the complex ...


Is the relationship between tree height and diameter consistent across species and ranges?

Scaling exponents reveal differences in longleaf pine height-diameter relationships across its range, possibly due to water availability. Tree s ...


New Management Technique Offers Promise for Longleaf Pine Forests and Beyond

SRS researchers and partners developed a new technique for managing longleaf pine forests called the Proportional-B (Pro-B) Method. Results show ...


Restoration Treatments for the Post-Hurricane Recovery of Longleaf Pine

Scientists recommend herbicide use to control hardwoods in plantings of longleaf pine after hurricane damage


Selection silviculture can be well-suited to longleaf pine forests

Uneven-aged silviculture continues to show promise as an effective way to regenerate longleaf pine stands. Uneven-aged silviculture also maintai ...


Last updated on : 01/06/2022