US Forest Service Research & Development
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Scott Bailey

234 Mirror Lake Road
North Woodstock
New Hampshire
United States

Phone: 603-726-8902
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Current Research

With an undergraduate training in traditional geology, my graduate work turned to hydrology and biogeochemistry. Although my position is classified as a geologist, the term geoecology better describes my work. I am broadly interested in the influence of substrate, including soils, geologic parent-materials, landforms, and water, on the structure and function of ecosystems. The bulk of my work is based on observational studies. This approach is supplemented with field experiments and modeling. Specific areas of current focus include (1) evaluation of watershed mass balance studies and retrospective soil monitoring to determine temporal dynamics of forest soil nutrient supply, (2) hydropedology, or the interacting roles of soil development and water flow, (3) site factors responsible for nutritional stress in sugar maple, and (4) the role of seepage and fractured-rock groundwater discharge in nutrient cycling and biodiversity. Current projects range in location from the Allegheny Plateau in Pennsylvania to the Ungava Peninsula in Quebec, with a special emphasis on the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire.

Research Interests

Future research will emphasize questions of scaling between observations made at the point scale, to hillslopes and small catchments to regional patterns. Understanding spatial variability will help put intensive research sites into a broader context, allow development of site specific management recommendations, and fuse our understanding of watershed-scale mass balance trends with a mechanistic view of dominant processes.

Why This Research is Important

This research is important so we can understand how forest ecosystems respond to a changing environment. Air pollution, land management, and climate variability are among the factors driving ecosystem change. Understanding these dynamics is essential to develop sound environmental policy and land management strategies.


  • Syracuse University, Ph.D. Geology 1994
  • University of New Hampshire, M.S. Hydrology 1984
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst, B.S. Geology - cum laude 1982

Professional Organizations

  • New England Botanical Club, Member (1995 - Current)
  • American Geophysical Union, Member (1994 - Current)
  • Soil Science Society of America, Member (1994 - Current)

Awards & Recognition

  • USFS-NRCS Two Chief's Partnership Award, 2015
  • US Forest Service, National Field Soil Scientist Award, 2002

Featured Publications & Products


Research Highlights


Declining Acidic Deposition Begins Reversal of Forest-Soil Acidification

How are forest soils recovering from acid rain? An international collaboration found improvements in soil quality that indicate recovery is on t ...


New Insights into how Forests Provide Clean, Secure Water Supplies

Forests are the source of much of our nation's water supply. Understanding how forested watersheds regulate water quality is key to proper water ...


Last updated on : 02/01/2021