About CFDS

The 8 scientists and 8 support personnel conduct field, laboratory, computer modeling, and theoretical studies on disturbance dynamics and effects at multiple scales. The unit has particular strengths in fire ecology, fire behavior, ecophysiology, soil ecology, meteorology, climatology, air quality, mathematical modeling, and restoration ecology. Scientists have expertise in temperate and tropical pine and hardwood silviculture, and soil macroarthropod and earthworm taxonomy.

Locations in Athens, GA; Clemson, SC; and Knoxville, TN.

Project Leader: Scott Goodrick

Research Focus Areas

  1. Understanding disturbance mechanisms/processes and their impact on forest ecosystems, particularly fire and meteorological events; ecosystem responses to disturbance processes; and interactions and impacts of multiple disturbances and feedback mechanisms. Read more about Understanding Disturbances.
  2. Managing disturbances by developing strategies for reducing vulnerability of southern forests to severe disturbance events, invasion by exotic species, and climate change/variability; methods for restoring ecosystems degraded by natural disasters, anthropogenic activity, and invasive species and developing tools and techniques for managing wildland fire and reducing impacts on air resources. Read more about Managing Disturbances.
  3. Modeling and synthesis of disturbance processes using a High Performance Computing Center for the Eastern United States to provide visualization of large three-dimensional, time-dependent data sets and access to complex physical, meteorological, ecological, and spatial models; applying numerical modeling and advanced statistical methods to understand and predict disturbance processes and their effects; and integrating and synthesizing knowledge of multiple disturbances and/or effects on multiple ecosystem components. Read more about Models and Syntheses.

The Teams at CFDS

Atmospheric Science Team

The Atmospheric Science Team studies atmospheric aspects of forest disturbance such as fire-atmosphere interactions, smoke management, climate change and wind damage to forests.

Fire Science Team

The Fire Science Team specializes in studying fire behavior and ecology in the southeastern US and tropical and subtropical ecosystems.

Restoration and Invasive Species Team

The Restoration and Invasive Species Team focuses on management practices to restore fire dependent ecosystems of the southeastern US. We also study the impacts of non-native invasive species, and work to mitigate the risks associated with these organisms through development of new management practices.

Administrative Team

The people who make things work.

Center for Forest Disturbance Science (SRS RWU 4156)

University of Georgia
Forestry Sciences Laboratory
320 Green Street
Athens, GA 30602

Clemson University
233 Lehotsky Hall
Clemson, SC 29634