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In the Silviculture and Restoration Ecology lab, we are interested in the integration of basic research with practical application to address contemporary challenges to forest management in Missouri, the eastern United States, and throughout the world.


Increased recognition of human-induced shifts in ecosystem function has placed restoration ecology as a critical, emerging field in natural resource science. We seek to develop the interface between traditional silviculture and innovative restoration practices to provide forest managers with the science-based information they need. 



Our research is conducted across diverse forest ecosystems that include bottomland hardwoods, upland oak forests, and frequent fire woodlands. Specific research projects primarily fall within one of the following research themes:

Tree regeneration


Forest stand dynamics

Research themes


Restoration of forested ecosystems

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Application of fire as a management tool

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