Center For Forest Disturbance Science (SRS RWU 4156)

The Center for Forest Disturbance Science is a research project of the US Forest Service Southern Research Station focused on the study of disturbance processes across scales and their risk of occurrence in order to develop innovative management strategies for reducing vulnerability of ecosystems to degradation.

Selected News and Events

Guide to Prescribed Fire in Southern Ecosystems

Photo of prescribed fire

Prescribed burning is FIRE “applied in a skillful manner, under exacting weather conditions, in a definite place, to achieve specific results.”

Printed on the inside cover of the Introduction to Prescribed Fire in Southern Ecosystems, the sentence above sets the tone for the revised guide developed by Southern Research Station (SRS) scientists Tom Waldrop and Scott Goodrick and published last year.

Read the full article here.

posted September 11, 2014 on CompassLive

Interrupting an Invasional Meltdown

Southeastern forest infested with Chinese privet. Photo by David Moorhead, courtesy of

Earthworms have been described as “ecosystem engineers” because they can transform soil environments in ways – physical, chemical, and biological – that in turn lead to aboveground ecological changes. Most of the 8,000 species of the world’s earthworms stay in areas where they evolved, some occupying very narrow niches, but about 120 “cosmopolitan” or “peregrine” species have spread throughout the world, some invading and displacing native species.

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posted July 17, 2014 on CompassLive

Fires and Water: Predicting Future Wildfires in a Changing Climate

The Natural Inquirer

Drs. John Stanturf and Scott Goodrick provided the segment, “Fire and Water: Predicting Future Wildfires in a Changing Climate,” in the newest Natural Inquirer, Natural IQ. The Natural Inquirer is a middle school science education journal! Scientists report their research in journals, which enable scientists to share information with one another. This journal, The Natural Inquirer, was created so that scientists can share their research with middle school students. Each article tells about scientific research conducted by scientists in the USDA Forest Service.

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posted March 17, 2014 by Shela Mou

Infrared Thermography Data Collection of Fire Behavior

posted March 17, 2014 by Shela Mou