Lauren S. Pile
University of Missouri
202 Anheuser Busch Natural Resources Building
Phone: 573-875-5341 x233
Contact Lauren S. Pile
Lauren's research focuses on three primary areas: 1) development and improvement of control tactics and integrated management methods and strategies for non-native invasive plant infestations in central and mid-south US forests, 2) management strategies for promoting resilience or desired conditions in native plant communities and forest ecosystems degraded by invasive species or alterations to disturbance regimes, and 3) understand drivers of ecosystem and landscape change (i.e., disturbances and invasive species). Lauren's research is both the application of techniques used in silviculture and integrated vegetation management and the ecological understanding of varied plant communities including forests and other natural areas. In addition to controlling established populations, effective management may require building community resistance to invaders by simulating historically important ecological drivers. Lauren is interested in the rehabilitation of ecosystems following the removal of invaders, particularly in relation to legacy effects, secondary invasions, and predicting forest response to multiple forms of manipulation.
Why This Research is Important
This research is important because central hardwood forests are undergoing changes that threaten their long-term sustainability, diversity, and health; these changes include altered disturbance regimes (e.g., fire exclusion), inappropriate timber harvesting practices, expansion of non-native invasive species and undesirable native species, and climate change. Although forest managers are applying the best available information for restoring woodlands and savannas, the information needs by managers have outpaced scientific efforts.
- Clemson University, Ph.D. Forest Resources Silviculture & Invasive Species 2015
- Clemson University, Master Of Forest Resources Silviculture & Invasive Species 2011
Awards & Recognition
- Dwight A. Holder Award - Clemson University , 2018
- Presidential Management Fellow, 2015
Featured Publications & Products
- Pile, Lauren S.; Wang, G. Geoff; Stovall, Jeremy P.; Siemann, Evan ; Wheeler, Gregory S.; Gabler, Christopher A. 2017. Mechanisms of Chinese tallow (Triadica sebifera) invasion and their management implications A review.
- Pile, Lauren S.; Wang, G. Geoff; Waldrop, Thomas A.; Walker, Joan L.; Bridges, William C.; Layton, Patricia A. 2017. Managing an established tree invader: developing control methods for Chinese tallow (Triadica sebifera) in maritime forests.
- Pile, Lauren S.; Wang, G. Geoff; Knapp, Benjamin O.; Walker, Joan L.; Stambaugh, Michael C. 2017. Chinese tallow (Triadica sebifera) invasion in maritime forests: the role of anthropogenic disturbance and its management implication.
- Knapp, Benjamin O.; Pile, Lauren S.; Walker, Joan L.; Geoff Wang, G. . 2018. Fire effects on a fire-adapted species: response of grass stage longleaf pine seedlings to experimental burning.
- Pile, Lauren S.; Wang, G. Geoff; Knapp, Benjamin O.; Liu, Guohua ; Yu, Dapao . 2017. Comparing morphology and physiology of southeastern US Pinus seedlings: implications for adaptation to surface fire regimes.
- Pile, Lauren S.; Meyer, Marc D.; Rojas, Ramiro ; Roe, Olivia . 2018. Characterizing tree morality after extreme drought and insect outbreaks in the southern Sierra Nevada.
- Pile, Lauren ; Wang, G. Geoff; Walker, Joan ; Layton, Patricia A. 2018. Plant community response to the management of an invasive tree.
- Liu, Guohua ; Hui, Cang ; Chen, Ming ; Pile, Lauren S.; Wang, G. Geoff; Wang, Fusheng ; Shi, Peijian . 2018. Variation in individual biomass decreases faster than mean biomass with increasing density of bamboo stands.
- Wang, G. Geoff; Pile, Lauren S.; Knapp, Benjamin O.; Hu, Huifeng. 2016. Longleaf pine adaptation to fire: is early height growth pattern critical to fire survival.
- Pile, Lauren S.; Maier, Christopher A.; Wang, G. Geoff; Yu, Dapao; Shearman, Tim M. 2016. Responses of two genetically superior loblolly pine clonal ideotypes to a severe ice storm.
- Pile, Lauren S.; Waldrop, Tom. 2016. Shortleaf pine and mixed hardwood stands: thirty-four years after regeneration with the fell-and-burn technique in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
- Pile, Lauren S.; Wang, G. Geoff; Layton, Patricia A. 2015. Development of integrated management practices for the control of Chinese tallow on Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot.
- Knapp, Benjamin O.; Wang, G. Geoff; Clark, Stacy L; Pile, Lauren S.; Schlarbaum, Scott E. 2014. Leaf physiology and morphology of Castanea dentata (Marsh) Borkh., Castanea mollissima Blume, and three backcross breeding generations planted in the southern Appalachians, USA.