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The Southern Research Station (SRS) has the distinction of employing the first woman research forester in the U.S. Forest Service. It was 1930 when Margaret Stoughton Abell began her pioneering work with what was known then as the Appalachian Forest Experiment Station—a time when some may have wondered, “Can a woman fill the position of a man in the field of forestry?”
Today, many women serve as SRS scientists, and many more support the Station’s research endeavors in technical and administrative roles. What do they love about their work? What paths led them to their careers? What challenges have they faced along the way? We invite you to meet these women and others as part of a new Women in Science feature.
We hope you’ll find their profiles interesting and inspiring. Check back for new additions!
Research Economist with the SRS Forest Economics and Policy Research Unit in Research Triangle Park, NC
Research Ecologist with the SRS Upland Hardwood Ecology and Management Research Unit in Asheville, NC
Natural Resource Specialist with the SRS Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research Unit in Oxford, MS
Research Engineer and Project Leader with the SRS Forest Operations Research Unit in Auburn, AL
Research Ecologist with the SRS Insects, Diseases, and Invasive Plants Unit in Athens, GA
Research Forester with the SRS Upland Hardwood Ecology and Management Unit in Huntsville, AL
Research Ecologist with the SRS Restoring Longleaf Pine Ecosystems Research Unit in Clemson, SC
Research Forester with the SRS Upland Hardwood Ecology and Management Research Unit in Knoxville, TN
Research Ecologist with the SRS Upland Hardwood Ecology and Management Research Unit in Clemson, SC
Research Aquatic Ecologist and Team Leader with the SRS Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research Unit in Oxford, MS