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Charles H. (Hobie) Perry

Program Manager
1992 Folwell
St. Paul
United States

Phone: 651-649-5191
Fax: 651-649-5140
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Current Research

Dr. Perry is the Program Manager for Northern Research Station’s Forest Inventory and Analysis Program and has several responsibilities, including:

  • Developing and managing the unit’s scientific research program and products as part of a nationally consistent inventory effort;
  • Selecting and promulgating research priorities based upon the unit’s chartered mission as well as input from representatives of research institutions and agencies, Regional and National Forest staffs, concerned citizens, and industrial and public interest groups;
  • Implementing the unit’s science quality assurance standards and procedures;
  • Assessing the impact of substantive programs and policies – including legislation, new USDA and Forest Service policy, and State and private sector policies related to forestry research and resource management – on national forest inventory; and
  • Participating as a member of the Station’s Leadership Team in developing coordinated science policies, programs, and activities.

Research Interests

Dr. Perry served as a scientist for 15 years before being selected at the NRS-FIA Program Manager. His research activities included: 

  • Managing, implementing, and analyzing a unique national, strategic inventory of soil quality critical to national-scale forest carbon and health assessments;
  • Data fusion which integrates the FIA program’s rich plot network, hydrologic modeling, landscape analysis, and remote sensing science in management- and policy-relevant data, knowledge, and applications (see FIA's Geospatial Showcase);
  • Representing Forest Service R&D as the Deputy Area’s liaison to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative a multi-year, multi-agency partnership coordinated by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Why This Research is Important

The mission of NRS-FIA is:

To ensure the health and sustainability of forest ecosystems, and the well-being of the people and communities that rely on them, by conducting multi-scale inventory, monitoring, and assessment activities that develop the information and tools necessary to inform forest policies and practices, and increase the understanding of forest processes and associated threats to ecosystem health.


  • USDA Forest Service, Certificate Senior Leader Program 2020
  • University of Minnesota, Ph.D. Forestry 1998
  • University of Minnesota, M.S. Forestry 1993
  • University of Michigan, A.B. Philosophy 1989

Professional Experience

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Minnesota
    2004 - 2021
    Department of Forest Resources
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Wisconsin
    2010 - 2016
    Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology
  • Assistant Professor, Humboldt State University
    1999 - 2004
    Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate, University of Minnesota
    1998 - 1999
    Department of Forest Resources

Professional Organizations

  • Soil Science Society of America, Member (1997 - Current)
  • American Geophysical Union, Member (1993 - Current)

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Research Highlights


Forest Land Estimates Improved by Novel Automated Mapping Technique Using Winter Satellite Imagery

Most automated satellite-based approaches for mapping forest lands rely on summer satellite imagery and are usually inconsistent with FIA plot-b ...


Linking Land Use to Water Quality

Sediment and phosphorus delivery to the Great Lakes is influenced by land use and land cover patterns. Forest Service scientists studied the imp ...


Last updated on : 01/18/2022