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  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
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Robert Deal

Robert Deal

Research Forester and Ecosystem Services Team Leader
620 SW Main, Suite 400
Suite 400
United States

Phone: 503-808-2000
Fax: 503-808-2020
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Current Research

I conduct research that focuses primarily on ecosystem services and sustainable forest management. I direct, develop, and integrate a research program on ecosystem services, and provide expertise in forest products, economics, social science, and silvicultural practices to enhance compatible forest management for the ecosystem services research team in Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

Research Interests

  • Applied silviculture
  • Ecosystem services
  • Stand development
  • Sustainable forest management

Past Research

My past work has focused on stand dynamics, conifer regeneration, wood quality research, alternatives to clearcutting, alder-conifer mixtures, sustainable forest management, and the provision of ecosystem services on private and public lands.

Why This Research is Important

Ecosystem services has emerged as a way of framing and describing the comprehensive benefits that people receive from nature.  These benefits include commonly recognized services such as food, clean water and timber, as well as regulating and cultural services.  Sustainable forest management is critical to maintain these services for current and future generations and silvicultual research is an important tool to enhance sustainable forestry.


  • Oregon State University, Ph.D. Forest Resources 1999
  • University of Washington, M.S. Silviculture 1987
  • The Evergreen State College, B.S. Biology 1978

Professional Experience

  • Research Forester & Ecosystem Services Team leader, PNW Research Station
    2007 - Current
  • Research Forester, PNW Research Station
    2001 - 2007
    I conduct research that primarily focuses on ecosystem services and sustainable forest management. I direct, develop and integrate a research program for ecosystem services and provide leadership for forest products, silviculture, economics and social science to enhance compatible forest management.

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Research Highlights


A strategy for ecosystem services

The Forest Service is poised to be a leader in the integration of ecosystem services concepts for forestland managers. This report demonstrates ...


Last updated on : 09/24/2020