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Joanne Rebbeck

Plant Physiologist
359 Main Road
United States

Phone: 740-368-0054
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Current Research

I am studying the influence of forest management practices, specifically prescribed fire, shelterwood harvests, and herbicides on oak regeneration in Central Appalachian mixed oak forests in Ohio and Pennsylvania. At the Ohio Hills site of the national Fire and Fire Surrogates Study (FFS), I am studying the impact of prescribed fire and overstory thinning on the survival and growth of oak and hickory seedlings as well as their competitors (red maple, yellow-poplar, beech and blackgum). In collaboration with Todd Hutchinson, I am investigating the use of shelterwood harvests, prescribed fire and herbicides to promote oak regeneration. I have recently begun a new project with Todd Hutchinson, Daniel Yaussy, Louis Iverson and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry, to study the interactions of prescribed fire in managed oak forests with the invasive tree, Ailanthus altissima.

I am actively involved in educational outreach programs with local schools. I am partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, Wayne National Forest, US Fish and Wildlife, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry, Columbus and Delaware City Schools to provide fifth graders overnight camping and environmental education experiences with funding through a More Kids in the Woods grant. In 2006, Kathleen Knight and I initiated a research project with local middle school students to study the impacts of Emerald Ash Borer within the school's woodlot.

Research Interests

  • Study the ecophysiology of the major eastern hickory species.
  • Compare the responses of hickory and oak species to prescribed fires and other forest management practices.


  • North Carolina State University, Ph.D. Botany 1987
  • Rutgers University, M.S. Plant Pathology 1983
  • Cook College, Rutgers University, B.S. Plant Science 1980

Professional Organizations

  • Ecological Society of America
  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society
  • Society of American Foresters (SAF)
  • Ohio Member of Invasive Plant Network and Southeastern Ohio Non-Native Invasive Species Interest Group

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Research Highlights


A native fungus takes on an exotic and aggressive tree species

Working with the Wayne National Forest and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service scientists are studying a native fungus and ...


Biocontrol Agent for the Invasive Ailanthus Tree To Be Tested

Forest Service scientists are studying a North American fungus that selectively kills ailanthus trees. Test sites were selected in Ohio forests ...


Destructive Emerald Ash Borer Pest Provides Science Learning Opportunity for Kids

This effort has led to the development of a week-long EAB curriculum that gives kids hands-on experience with the process of science while doing ...


Fungus Looks Like Promising Weapon Against Invasive Tree

Forest Service scientists are studying a North American fungus that selectively kills ailanthus trees. Preliminary tests of other Ohio native tr ...


Monitoring of the Invasive Tree, Ailanthus, Takes Flight Over Ohio Forests

Ailanthus altissima, a rapidly growing invasive non-native tree, is spreading into many forested landscapes in the eastern United States and dis ...


Persistence of Ailanthus Seeds in Forest Floor Seed Bank

Ailanthus is an aggressive non-native invader of mixed hardwood forests, where it can outcompete native vegetation, including both trees and oth ...


Possible Biocontrol Agent for the Invasive Ailanthus Tree Is Tested

Forest Service scientists from the agency’s Northern Research Station are studying a native fungus and find that it kills ailanthus (tree-of-h ...


Woodpeckers Capitalize on an Invasive Forest Pest

Emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that kills ash trees, is eaten by bark-foraging birds like woodpeckers. Forest Service scientists and par ...


Last updated on : 01/06/2020