John M. Pye
Program Specialist - R&D Internet Content
P.O. Box 12254
3041 E. Cornwallis Rd.
Research Triangle Park
Contact John M. Pye
Current activities are focused on improving the interaction of Forest Service researchers with their customers through web content that is rich, current, and discoverable. The agency's internal tool for managing its research, the Research Information Tracking System (RITS), empowers all areas of the agency's research operations to enter and update the latest information on research direction, expertise, and accomplishments for transfer when appropriate to public-facing web sites. Discovery tools like Treesearch and the R&D-wide SOLR search tool help customers find the solutions they need. Interagency collaborations like Federal Reporter and Science.gov build on industry best practices and demonstrate the connections from strategic objectives to scientific results and use. Intranet solutions that use this content include the "metrics" and USDA Research dashboards. In 2020 and 2021, this work includes a reengineering of R&D's key public facing websites to use a common modern and maintainable infrastructure to deliver an attractive, mobile-friendly customer experience with seamless discovery across R&D's content.
John oversees the eResearch program, a set of information resource initiatives that support R&D’s research information management, accountability, and science delivery needs. This includes the Research Information Tracking System and national web systems such as the Treesearch website. John also oversees over a half dozen technical contractors and ensures that information on R&D’s operations is discoverable through external systems including STAR METRICS Federal Reporter, Google Scholar, and Science.gov. John oversees R&D's subscription with Altmetric to better understand the impact of our work, and represents Forest Service research interests on the USDA Scholarly Publication Data Quality Standards working group and the Research, Education and Economics Data Stewardship Community of Practice.
Most of my research has been conducted as an ecologist with the USDA Forest Service, working with economists to explore the social and ecologic interactions that shape our forests and the benefits they produce. Early work was on acid rain and air pollution effects on trees and stands, and an evaluation of the costs and benefits of research to control fusiform rust damage in southern pines. Wildfires in Florida in 1998 encouraged investigations into the economics of wildfires both in Florida and beyond. A long standing line of research has been in the regional dynamics and control of southern pine beetle. For another view of my work see John Pye - Faces of the Forest Service.
Why This Research is Important
A key Forest Service mission is to deliver to land managers the science they need to promote the health and resilience of the Nation's forests and grasslands for the benefit the American people. Open access to the results of federally funded research means better decisions, while transparency of objectives, operations, and accomplishments builds trust with taxpayers, collaborators, and future partners.
- University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, M.A. Ecology 1982
- Swarthmore College, B.A. Biology 1976
- Program Specialist - eResearch, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station
2010 - 2021
Oversees the eResearch Program including the Research Information Tracking System and R&D-wide web systems.
- Ecologist, U.S. Forest Service, Southern Research Station
1985 - 2010
Investigated the broad scale interactions of forest health and economics, including wildfire incidence, suppression and fuel management; southern pine beetle dynamics; fusiform rust research and its economic effectiveness; and air pollution's effects from seedlings to stands. Supported communication of research results by designing and implementing websites and soliciting and managing the organization and summarization of research to meet customer needs.
- Management consultant, Macro Systems, Inc., Silver Spring, MD
1977 - 1979
Supported management analyses, cost-benefit studies, and research management systems for federal civilian clients.
- Research technician/programmer, Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia
1976 - 1976
Performed stream sampling, data analysis and programming at the Stroud Water Research Laboratory in southeastern Pennsylvania.
- Ecological Society of America, Member (1981 - Current)
- Society of American Foresters (SAF), Member (1981 - Current)
Awards & Recognition
- USDA Certificate of Merit, 2009
For serving on the FS Information Resources Strategic Framework Core Team and helping to set a long-term strategy for the management and use of the Information Resources in the Agency.
- Natural Resource Stewardship Award, 2008
Station Director's Award, Southern Research Station
- Research Professional Support Award, 2008
Station Director's Award, Southern Research Station
- USDA Certificate of Appreciation, 1997
For your work on the Southern Appalachian Assessment, which recently received the Chief's 1997 National Ecosystem Management Award and Vice President Gore's Hammer Award.
Featured Publications & Products
- Pye, John M.; Holmes, Thomas P.; Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Wear, David N. 2011. Economic Impacts of the Southern Pine Beetle.
- Pye, John M. 1988. Impact of Ozone on the Growth and Yield of Trees: A Review.
- Pye, John M.; Wagner, John E.; Holmes, Thomas P.; Cubbage, Frederick W. 1997. Positive Returns from Investment in Fusiform Rust Research.
- Pye, John M.; Rauscher, H. Michael; Sands, Yasmeen; Lee, Danny C.; Beatty, Jerome S., tech. eds. 2010. Advances in threat assessment and their application to forest and rangeland management Volume 1 and Volume 2..
- Pye, John M.; Rauscher, H. Michael; Kennard, Deborah K.; Flebbe, Patricia A.; Jordin, J. Bryan; Hubbard, William G.; Fowler, Cynthia; Ward, James. 2007. Using web-based technology to deliver scientific knowledge: the Southern Forest Encyclopedia Network.
- de Steiguer, Joseph E.; Hedden, Roy L.; Pye, John M. 1987. Optimal Level of Expenditure to Control the Southern Pine Beetle.
- Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Pye, John M. 1999. Merging Areas In Timber Mart South Data.
- Holmes, Thomas P.; Huggett, Robert J.; Pye, John M. 2008. Forest economics, natural disturbances and the new ecology.
- Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Mercer, D. Evan; Pye, John M. 2008. Natural disturbance production functions.
- Mercer, D. Evan; Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Butry, David T.; Pye, John M. 2007. Evaluating alternative prescribed burning policies to reduce net economic damages from wildfire.
- Wear, David; Pye, John; Riitters, Kurt H. 2004. Defining conservation priorities using fragmentation forecasts.
- Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Pye, John M.; Holmes, Thomas P. 2004. Temporal Aggregation and Testing For Timber Price Behavior.
- Holmes, Thomas P.; Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Pye, John M.; Butry, David T.; Mercer, D. Evan; Abt, Karen L. 2004. Using Size-Frequency Distributions to Analyze Fire Regimes in Florida.
- Pye, John M.; Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Butry, David T.; Abt, Karen L. 2003. Prescribed burning and wildfire risk in the 1998 fire season in Florida.
- Butry, David T.; Pye, John M.; Prestemon, Jeffrey P. 2002. Prescribed Fire In the Interface: Separating The People From The Trees.
- Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Pye, John M.; Butry, David T.; Holmes, Thomas P.; Mercer, D. Evan. 2002. Understanding Broadscale Wildfire Risks in a Human-Dominated Landscape.
- Butry, David T.; Mercer, D. Evan; Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Pye, John M.; Holmes, Thomas P. 2001. What Is the Price of Catastrophic Wildfire.
- Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Pye, John M. 2000. A Technique for Merging Areas in Timber Mart-South Data.
- Cubbage, F.W.; Pye, John M.; Holmes, T.P.; Wagner, J.E. 2000. An economic evaluation of fusiform rust protection research.
- Gumpertz, M. L.; Wu, C.-T.; Pye, John M. 2000. Logistic regression for southern pine beetle outbreaks with spatial and temporal autocorrelation.
- Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Pye, John M.; Abt, Karen Lee; Wear, David N. 1999. Market Definition For Hardwood Timber in the Southern Appalachians.
- Pye, J.M.; de Steiguer, J.E.; Love, C. 1988. Expert opinion survey on the impacts of air pollutants on forests of the USA.