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Todd Hutchinson

Todd Hutchinson

Research Ecologist
359 Main Road
Delaware
Ohio
United States
43015

Phone: 740-368-0064
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Current Research

Long-term vegetation dynamics following thinning and repeated fires in mixed-oak forests.

Tree regeneration in shelterwood stands treated with herbicide and/or prescribed fire.

White oak (Quercus alba) seedling response to midstory removal via herbicide.

Herbaceous layer response to overstory mortality caused by Emerald Ash Borer.

Effectiveness of a native fungal wilt-causing pathogen (Verticillium nonalfalfae) as a biological control for the invasive tree Ailanthus altissima (Tree-of-Heaven).

Research Interests

Oak regeneration and sustaining mixed-oak forests

Fire ecology of oak woodlands and forests

Fire history of oak and oak-pine forest types

Understory plant composition and diversity in response to environmental gradients and disturbance.

Education

  • Ohio State University, Ph.D. Ecology
  • Miami University, M.S. Botany
  • University of Louisville, B.A. Biology

Professional Organizations

  • Ecological Society of America
  • Torrey Botanical Society
  • Society of American Foresters (SAF)

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Publications

Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


NRS-2017-44
Insights from a 250-year history of fire in the Appalachian Plateau of Ohio and Kentucky

In many eastern U.S. forests, undesirable shifts in tree species abundance are occurring. For oaks and pines, it is widely believed that the dec ...

2017


NRS-2012-36
Repeated Prescribed Fires Help Sustain Oak Regeneration in Eastern Forests

Research findings can help managers in their quest to sustain this forest type throughout Eastern North America

2012


NRS-2016-170
Shift Toward Mesophytic Species in Oak Forests May Limit Fire Reintroduction

Exclusion of fire from eastern mixed-oak forests is widely understood to be an important explanation for difficulty in regenerating oaks. Forest ...

2016


NRS-2015-147
The Devil is in the Details for Regeneration Success in Mixed-oak Forests

To improve oak regeneration, Forest Service scientists are studying shelterwood harvest with herbicide and prescribed fire treatments. Although ...

2015


NRS-2019-108
Understanding Long-Term Impacts of an Invasive, Tree-Killing Pest

The emerald ash borer has been killing ash trees in the United States for more than two decades. What does that mean for ash populations and the ...

2019


Last updated on : 10/19/2020