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Kurt Johnsen, Project Leader/Plant Physiologist

Kurt Johnsen

Plant Physiologist
1577 Brevard Road
North Carolina
United States

Phone: 828-667-5261 x113
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Current Research

My current research focuses on physiological research as it can be applied to genetic conservation, forest restoration, forest reponses to climate change, and forest management along with longleaf pine carbon sequestration and restoration, and forest responses to elevated CO2.

Research Interests

Providing presentations and public outreach is also an important part of my research.  This presentation "Longleaf Pine Management in Light of Climate Change" was presented in 2014 at the First Fridays All Climate Change Talks (FFACCTs). To view this presentation please click this link:


  • University of Georgia, Ph.D. Forest Ecophysiology/Genetics 1990
  • Virginia Tech, M.S. Forest Ecophysiology/Genetics 1987
  • University of Vermont, B.S. Forestry 1985

Professional Experience

  • Plant Physiologist, , USDA-Forest Service-Southern Research Station (SRS)
    1997 - Current
  • Physiological Geneticist, Canadian Forest Service
    1990 - 1997

Professional Organizations

  • FAO North American Forest Commission Forest Genetic Resources Working Group, Member (2010 - Current)

Awards & Recognition

  • Distinguished Scientist Award, 2007
    USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, 2007 Director's award.

Featured Publications & Products



Citations of non US Forest Service Publications

Research Highlights


Quantifying and Managing Carbon Sequestration in Longleaf Pine Ccosystems.

Forests can offset greenhouse gas emissions by sequestering carbon dioxide in tree biomass, understory vegetation, forest floor litter, detritus ...


Last updated on : 01/25/2021