Science Centers and Work Units

Specific research activities are centered in Research Work Units based in Forest Service laboratories and in experimental forests throughout the south. Many of the labs are on or near university campuses, where station scientists exchange ideas with university scientists.

Our 15 RWUs are arranged under four different science centers.

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Center Name Number Unit Title Project Leader    
Forest health
  Scott Goodrick
  4156 Center for Forest Disturbance Science Mac Callaham (Acting)
Staff Charter
  4160 Forest Genetics and Ecosystems Biology Dana Nelson
  4552 Insects, Diseases and Invasive Plants of Southern Forests James T. (JT) Vogt
Staff Charter
Forest Restoration and Management
  James M. Guldin
  4155 Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research Theodor D. Leininger
Staff Charter
  4157 Upland Hardwood Ecology & Management Tara Keyser
  4158 Restoring and Managing Longleaf Pine Ecosystems Don Bragg
Staff Charter
  4159 Southern Pine Ecology and Management Don Bragg
Staff Charter
  4703 Forest Operations Dana Mitchell
  4704 Utilization of Southern Forest Resources Dana Mitchell
  Forest Products Conservation
Forest Assessment and Synthesis
  Danny C. Lee
  4353 Center for Forest Watershed Research C. Andrew Dolloff (Acting)
Staff Charter
  Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory
  Center for Forested Wetlands Research
  Coldwater Streams and Trout Habitat
  Center for Aquatic Technology Transfer
  4804 Forest Economics and Policy Jeffrey Prestemon
Staff Charter
  4854 Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center Kurt Riitters (Acting)
Staff Charter
  4855 Center for Integrated Forest Science James M. Vose
Staff Charter
  4952 Integrating Human and Natural Systems Cassandra Johnson Gaither
Staff Charter
  Urban Forestry South
Forest Inventory and Analysis
  William G. Burkman
  4801 Forest Inventory and Analysis William G. Burkman
Staff Charter