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James Vose

James Vose

Project Leader/Senior Research Ecologist
NC State Univ., Campus Box 8008
North Carolina
United States

Phone: 828-506-0924
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Current Research

Ecohydrology, forest-climate-land use interactions, science and policy syntheses, fire ecology, hemlock woolly adelgid impacts on ecosystem structure and function

Research Interests

My research approach spans the continuum from leaves to landscapes, and includes determination of the roles of species and natural and anthropogenic disturbances in regulating watershed ecosystem processes. This includes conducting and leading numerous interdisciplinary studies investigating ecosystem responses to prescribed burning, evaluating the effectiveness of riparian zone restoration and buffer widths, and quantifying ecosystem responses to climate change, forest management activities, and insect outbreaks. My current research with the Center for Integrated Forest Science builds on this foundation of research to address interactions between disturbance and ecosystem processes at larger spatial scales.

Why This Research is Important

Rapid changes in social and biophysical conditions in the U.S. and throughout the globe are impacting the ability of forest ecosystems to provide the services necessary to sustain human well-being. This has resulted in a pressing need for better and more integrated management and policy relevant information. This requires synthesizing information and collaborating across multiple disciplines, including social and economic sciences. For example, to address this need, I co-led a national assessment of climate change impacts on the nation's forests and developed management options to deal with those impacts on forests in the southern U.S. Currently, I am leading efforts to examine the interactions among climate, land use change, and water resources at river basin scales; and assessing the effectiveness of best management practices and policies for mitigating undesirable impacts.


  • North Carolina State University, Ph.D. Forest Ecology 1987
  • Northern Arizona University, M.S. Forest Ecology 1984
  • Southern Illinois University, B.S. Forestry 1982

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Research Highlights


Book Published to Help Managers of Southern Forests Cope with the Effects of Climate Change

Resource managers and policy makers require new insights into the implications of a rapidly changing climate on forest ecosystems and their valu ...


Carbon Accumulation by U.S. Forests May Slow Over the Next 25 Years

U.S. forests currently help offset carbon emissions and reduce the overall costs of achieving emission targets but that could change over the ne ...


Climate Change and Our Nation’s Forests: the Forests Sector Report of the Fourth National Climate Assessment

It is very likely that more frequent extreme weather events will increase the frequency and magnitude of severe ecological disturbances, driving ...


Complex landscapes and extreme precipitation events: the role of forests in mitigating responses

In many regions of the U.S., forests are a component of complex landscapes that also include developed and agricultural land uses. Watersheds wh ...


Drought Impacts on Forest and Rangelands in the United States: A State-of-the-Science Synthesis

Recent droughts have contributed to insect outbreaks, tree death, reduced tree growth, increased wildfire risk and increased area burned by wild ...


Forest Service Scientists Assess Potential Impacts of Eucalyptus on Water Resources in the Southern U.S.

At the request of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the Center for Integrated Forest Science led interdisciplinary analyses t ...


New research reveals that mixed land use watersheds are most vulnerable to forest loss

Forest Service scientists developed a novel land use model and integrated modeling framework that represents a significant advancement for evalu ...


Science in supports of the National Climate Assessment

A synthesis of research findings provided the foundation for the analysis of climate change on forest conditions, land use, and forest carbon in ...


Scientists Develop a New Approach for Identifying Human Communities at Risk from Climate and Land Use Change

Identifying vulnerable human communities is critical for climate change planning and mitigation. USDA Forest Service scientists at the agency's ...


Water yield following forest to grass to forest transitions

Forested watersheds are important sources of drinking water. However, species identity affects water yield from deciduous forests. Through old-f ...


Last updated on : 09/24/2020