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  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Matthew P. Peters

359 Main Road
United States

Phone: 740-368-0063
Fax: 740-368-0152
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Current Research

  • Modeling potential suitable habitat for tree and bird species under climate change
  • Exploring interactions between changes in tree suitable habitats and projections of future drought conditions
  • Development of a wildfire hazard model among the Wildland-Urban Interface in New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania
  • Assessing Forest Site Quality in Ohio from Forest Inventory & Analysis data and an Integrated Moisture Index (IMI)

Research Interests

I plan to continue my current work, but would like to incorporate aspects of water resource management into future projects. I want to use my experience of GIS technologies to explore the possible relationship between climate change and resource management.

Past Research

  • Modeling possible distributions of Ailanthus (Tree of Heaven) in Ohio and Hemlock Wooly Adelgid in Pennsylvania
  • Modeling the spread of emerald ash borer (EAB) in Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio

Why This Research is Important

As climatic patterns become more variable each year it is important to understand how this will affect plant and animal species. By modeling tree and birds species responses to altered climates we can begin to see how climate influences the landscape.

As the invasive pests like Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and Hemlock Wooly Adelgid continues to spread across the eastern United States infesting host trees, it is important to determine areas that are at a greater risk of infestation. A GIS model has allowed us to identify the potential spread of EAB in Ohio.


  • Arizona State University, M.S. Applied Biological Sciences 2011
  • Ohio University, B.S. GIS Analyst 2005

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Research Highlights


Drought and Forest Composition

Forest Service researchers used the cumulative drought severity index to examine the long-term influence of drought frequency and intensity duri ...


Examining Potential Drought Conditions Under Projected Climate Change

Using future climate projections, 54 years of potential drought conditions were evaluated against recent conditions. Assessing how drought condi ...


Mapping U.S. Drought Projections Helps Foresters Plan for Sustainability

Droughts are natural disturbances that can cause negative effects on natural ecosystems and also have important social and economic consequences ...


Shift Toward Mesophytic Species in Oak Forests May Limit Fire Reintroduction

Exclusion of fire from eastern mixed-oak forests is widely understood to be an important explanation for difficulty in regenerating oaks. Forest ...


The hunt for good oak regeneration sites

Landscape modeling and field sampling may identify the best locations for restoring oak forests. Managers at the Wayne National Forest are using ...


Last updated on : 08/04/2021