The Southern Pine Ecology and Management Research Work Unit (SRS-RWU-4159), headquartered on the University of Arkansas campus at Monticello, Arkansas, continues a tradition of research on plants, wildlife, and soils in pine-dominated forests of the southeastern United States. Our emphasis is on mixed loblolly-shortleaf pine and pine-hardwood forests of the West Gulf Coastal Plain in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas, and the shortleaf pine and pine-hardwood forests of the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

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Silviculture for Open Forests

Grassy oak savannas and sunny pine woodlands were once a common sight across the eastern U.S. These open forests have fewer large trees in the overstory and a bounty of native grasses and flowering plants in the understory. Frequent fire limited tree regrowth and created the open canopy. USDA Forest Service scientist Don Bragg and partners are working to better understand the ecology of these open forest systems – as well as silvicultural practices to create, manage, and maintain them.

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  • Continent-wide tree fecundity driven by indirect climate effects
     Clark, James S.; Andrus, Robert; Aubry-Kientz, Melaine; Bergeron, Yves; Bogdziewicz, Michal; Bragg, Don C.; Brockway, Dale; Cleavitt, Natalie L.; Cohen, Susan; Courbaud, Benoit; Daley, Robert; Das, Adrian J.; Dietze, Michael; Fahey, Timothy J.; Fer, Istem; Franklin, Jerry F.; Gehring, Catherine A.; Gilbert, Gregory S.; Greenberg, Cathryn H.; Guo, Qinfeng; HilleRisLambers, Janneke; Ibanez, Ines; Johnstone, Jill; Kilner, Christopher L.; Knops, Johannes; Koenig, Walter D.; Kunstler, Georges; LaMontagne, Jalene M.; Legg, Kristin L.; Luongo, Jordan; Lutz, James A.; Macias, Diana; McIntire, Eliot J. B.; Messaoud, Yassine; Moore, Christopher M.; Moran, Emily; Myers, Jonathan A.; Myers, Orrin B.; Nunez, Chase; Parmenter, Robert; Pearse, Sam; Pearson, Scott; Poulton-Kamakura, Renata; Ready, Ethan; Redmond, Miranda D.; Reid, Chantal D.; Rodman, Kyle C.; Scher, C. Lane; Schlesinger, William H.; Schwantes, Amanda M.; Shanahan, Erin; Sharma, Shubhi; Steele, Michael A.; Stephenson, Nathan L.; Sutton, Samantha; Swenson, Jennifer J.; Swift, Margaret; Veblen, Thomas T.; Whipple, Amy V.; Whitham, Thomas G.; Wion, Andreas P.; Zhu, Kai; Zlotin, Roman.
  • The influence of Chinese tallow (Triadica sebifera) leaf litter on water quality and microbial community composition
     Montez, Raymond D.; Saenz, Daniel; Martynova-Van Kley, Alexandra; Van Kley, James; Nalian, Armen; Farrish, Kenneth.
  • Status of longleaf pine in the South: an FIA update
     Oswalt, Christopher; Guldin, James M.
  • Refining the activity level-predation risk paradigm in larval anuran communities
     Saenz, Daniel; Baum, Kristen A.; Fitzgerald, Lee A.; Schalk, Christopher M.
  • Forest management and bats
     Taylor, Daniel A. R.; Perry, Roger W.; Miller, Darren A.; Ford, W. Mark.