Ralph H. Crawford
Assistant Director for Research
600 E. Mermaid Lane
Contact Ralph H. Crawford
I am currently the Assistant Station Director for Research with the Northern Research Station within the USDA Forest Service Research and Development Deputy Area. I provide strategic science directions and oversight for several Research Work Unit. I have served as the Acting Associate Deputy Chief for Forest Service Research and Development and have also served as the Staff Director for Range Management; both are SES positions. Also, I have served as the Assistant Director for Forest Health and Economics for the Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry, which covers the twenty northern States and the District of Columbia. I have also provided national leadership in linking belowground ecosystem dynamics for forest and grassland conditions and the network of FS Experimental Forests and Ranges. I have significant experience with leading national government wide standards development and environmental science programs. I have earned diverse science and community awards and have published research papers in major national and international peer reviewed scientific journals. I hold a Doctorate in Plant and Soil Science, and have completed training at the Federal Executive Institute and the Federal Senior Executive Fellows at Harvard University.
My research interests focus on ecosystem functions that are impacted by biotic and abotic disturbances
As a scientist in the Pacific Northwest Research Station, I focused on the above and belowground microbial community associations of plants and coarse woody debris materials, biological control of root rot pathogens
As a scientist in the Northern Research Station, I focused on the foliar fungal endophytes of Acers spp. as indicators of changes in forest health
Why This Research is Important
The research areas and products are important tools for use in land managers decision making processes.
- Federal Execuitve Institue, Certificate Of Completion Leadership for a Democratice Society 2009
- Harvard School of Government, Certificate Of Completion Federal Senior Executive Training 2006
- Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama, Ph.D. Plant And Soil Science Belowground Ecosystem Dynamics of Microbial Communities of Southwest Oregon Forest 1995
- Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia, M.S. Biology/Plant Pathology Foliar Endophytic Communities of Central Oregon Shrubs 1983
- Voorhees College, Denmark, South Carolina, B.S. Biology Biology 1979
- Assistant Director For Forest Health and Economics, USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry
2013 - 2018
- Acting Associate Deputy Chief, USDA Forest Service Research and Development
2015 - 2016
- National Program Leader for Rangeland Ecology Research, USDA Forest Service, Research and Development, Washington, DC
2003 - 2012
- USDA Agricultural Liaison Officer, Delaware State University, Dover Delaware, Delaware State University
1998 - 2003
- Research Plant Pathologist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Hamden, Connecticut
1996 - 1998
- Research Plant Pathologist, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Corvallis, Oregon
1993 - 1996
- Plant Pathologist, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Corvallis, Oregon
1984 - 1993
- Biology Instructor, Clark College
1981 - 1984
- Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, Full Member (2012 - Current)
- Urban League Black Executive Exchange Program, Visiting Professor (2006 - 2015)
Lecture and mentor students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
- Ecological Society of America, Vegetation Panel (2003 - 2013)
Represented the federal government interests with developing vegetation classification standards.
- Society for Range Management, Full Member (2003 - 2013)
Awards & Recognition
- Chief's Honor Awards, 2017
Chief's Honor Awards 2017: Honorable Mention — New York Southern Pine Beetle Management Team
- R9 Healthy Forest and Grassland Award, 2017
Recognition of the New York Southern Pine Beetle Management Team and rapid mitigation of SPB expansion into northeastern forests including wildland urban interface areas
- Federal Geographic Data Committee Letter of Commendation, 2008
Provided leadership for establishing the FGDC National Vegetation Classification Standard
- Obie Patterson Award , 1995
Dedication, contribution and professionalism in representing African-American males in the U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Multicultural Award USDA Forest Service, 1993
Presented in recognition of outstanding contributions toward achieving a diverse workforce.
Featured Publications & Products
- Reaves, Jimmy L.; Crawford, Ralph H. 1994. In vitro colony interactions among species of Trichoderma with inference toward biological control..
- Crawford, Ralph H.; Carpenter, Steven E.; Mayfield, John; Martin, Robert E. 1987. Fungi from foliage of Arctostaphylospatula, Castanopsis chrysophylla, and Ceanothus velutinus..
- Crawford, Ralph Holiday; Miller, Gary W. 2010. The use of Forest Service experimental forests and ranges for long-term research on invasive species.
- Crawford, Ralph H. 2006. USDA Forest Service Experimental Forests and Ranges.
- Hayes, D.C.; Stout, S.L.; Crawford, R.H.; Hoover, A.P. 2014. Editors' foreword.