US Forest Service Research & Development
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  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Patrick Brose

Research Forester
PO Box 267
United States

Phone: 814-563-1040
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Current Research

My current research emphasis is on the oak regeneration problem. I am responsible for five separate studies. They are:

  • root development of oak seedlings growing in shelterwood stands,
  • esponse of mountain laurel to chemical, cultural, and mechanical control practices,
  • uantifying fuel loadings and fire behavior in oak forests,
  • esponse of northern red oak seedlings to forest liming, and
  • dendroecology of xeric oak – pine forests.
  • Research Interests

    Given the intractable nature of the oak regeneration problem, I?ll likely be engaged in oak research for quite some time.

    Why This Research is Important

    Oak forests are the dominant forest type in much of the eastern United States yet they face a myriad of problems that prevent their regeneration. My research addresses several of those regeneration obstacles and my results help foresters be better stewards of oak forests


    • Clemson University, Ph.D. Forest Resources
    • Pennsylvania State University, M.S. Forest Resources
    • Utah State University, B.S. Forest Resources

    Professional Organizations

    • Society of American Foresters (SAF) (1988 - Present)
    • American Chestnut Foundation (2000 - Present)

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    Research Highlights


    Changes in Black Cherry on the Allegheny Plateau

    Increased tree mortality, decreased seed production, and seedling growth. Managers and scientists have been observing these changes in black che ...


    Fire Returns to the Allegheny National Forest, and Oak and Black Cherry Thrive

    After a century of absence from the Allegheny Plateau of northwestern Pennsylvania, prescribed fire has been reintroduced as a means of perpetua ...


    How not to kill mountain laurel

    Sometimes failure can be as important as success when it comes to developing appropriate silvicultural treatments for controlling interfering un ...


    Understanding Mountain Laurel’s Impact on Oak Regeneration

    When did the dense understories of mountain laurel seen in some mixed-oak forests become established, and why? How dense does mountain laurel ha ...


    Last updated on : 05/13/2021