News Release

McNulty Named "Most Distinguished" in Forest Science

January 31, 2013

Asheville, NCDr. Steven McNulty, research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS), recently received the agency’s national Research and Development “Distinguished Science Award.” He is recognized for sustained research productivity, proactive science technology, innovative leadership, applied forest science, and longtime federal service. McNulty will accept his award during the February 12, 2013, ceremony in Arlington, VA.

Steve McNulty
Steven McNulty

“I’m deeply honored to receive the Forest Service distinguished science award,” says McNulty, a 21-year career scientist based in Raleigh, NC, who has written more than 150 scientific papers and given hundreds of scientific presentations. “Forest science positively impacts some of society’s most significant environmental issues that impact citizens right here in Raleigh, including climate change, water supply, and timber production. I value collaborating with a team of public, private, and university partners who are on the cutting-edge of science exploration and discovery.”

McNulty’s individual research focuses on continental-scale forest water, productivity, and health modeling, with emphasis given to interactions and response of forests to global climate change, acid rain, and other environmental stresses.  A North Carolina State University USDA Professor of Natural Resources, McNulty also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Toledo (Ohio) and Beijing Forestry University (China).

McNulty received forest and natural resources degrees from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and a PhD in natural resources from the University of New Hampshire, under the direction of renowned scientist Dr. John Aber.  He leads a dynamic research team within the SRS Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center, located on North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus. An internationally recognized expert on climate change issues, McNulty spearheads development of research and tools designed to help land managers better understand and cope with climate change impacts on forest management.

For additional information: Dr. Steven McNulty at (919) 515-9489 or