Leader Bios

John Coulston, Supervisory Research Forester, Southern Research Station

Portrait of John Coulston

John Coulston is project leader for the Center for Integrated Forest Science (CIFS) with the USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station. He leads a research team focused on conducting research at the interface of forests and society. Coulston’s experience with assessment started with the 2003 National Report on Sustainable Forests. He also contributed to the Southern Forest Futures Project and currently leads the land use change and forest conditions components of the Renewable Resources Planning Act Assessment.

Coulston came to the Southern Research Station in 2006. Prior to his current position, Coulston was the section head for methods and techniques research for the Forest Inventory and Analysis program and the national leader for timber products monitoring. Coulston holds adjunct faculty positions at North Carolina State University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.

Daniel McInnis, Shared Stewardship Coordinator, Southern Region

Portrait of Daniel McInnis standing in front of the American and Forest Service flags

Daniel McInnis serves as the Shared Stewardship Coordinator for the USDA Forest Service, Southern Region, located in Atlanta, GA. He is responsible for implementation of the agency’s Shared Stewardship strategy in the southern 13 states and Puerto Rico. Additionally, he serves as regional coordinator and liaison for several conservation initiatives and collaborations, including Keeping Forests.

Daniel previously worked with the Southern Region’s State and Private Forestry (S&PF) program in Atlanta as the Environmental Issues and Policy Analyst focusing on water resources and special regional projects. He began his career with the Forest Service in 2000 with the Southern Research Station as a Biologist where he worked on a variety of carbon and nutrient cycling projects in addition to water use projects before assuming his role with S&PF in 2015.

McInnis received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC, and his graduate degree in Forestry from North Carolina State University.

Stephanie Laseter, Biological Scientist, Southern Research Station

Portrait of Stephanie Laseter

Stephanie Laseter is a Biological Scientist with the USDA, Southern Research Station (SRS), Center for Integrated Forest Science (CIFS). Stephanie is currently working on a long-term special assignment to increase the effectiveness of the 19 SRS Experimental Forests to meet the science needs of the 21st century, while simultaneously making better use of the resources and the long-term investments in EFRs. Additionally, she serves at the science liaison for Region 8 and Southern Research Station. Prior to joining the CIFS team, she served as the Hydrologist and Data Manager at the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory.

She is located in Franklin, North Carolina.


  • B.S., Auburn University (1999)
  • M.S., University of Georgia (2002)