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Sonja Oswalt

Forest Resource Analyst
4700 Old Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
Phone: 865-862-2058

Current Research

  • National-level analysis of forest resources for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
  • National-level analysis of forest resources for the Montreal Process global Sustainability Report
  • Forest Resources of Mississippi and Louisiana
  • Changes in forest conditions in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley
  • Invasive plants in forest communities

Research Interests

I am interested in landscape level analyses, particularly in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley. I enjoy wildlife-habitat dynamics as well as investigating the impacts of invasive plants in forest communities.

Past Research

My past research includes changing songbird populations in the U.S. Virgin Islands, impacts of sedimentation and "valley plugs" on forest communities in West Tennessee, Invasive plant impacts in forest communities, and various national analyses.


M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science with Minor in Statistics, 2003
University of Tennessee
B.S. in Botany, 1998
University of Tennessee

Professional Experience

Forester, USDA Forest Service SRS-FIA

Forest resource analysis for Mississippi, Louisiana, and national and global reporting processes.

Research Associate, University of Tennessee

Pilot test and evaluate Phase 3 understory vegetation protocol for USFS-SRS Forest Inventory and Analysis

Graduate Assistant, University of Tennessee

Researched the effects of coarse sedimentation on floodplain vegetation in the southeastern coastal plain, subsequent effects on wildlife populations, and restoration options.

Associate Scientist, Breedlove, Dennis, and Young Environmental Consultants

Rare plant surveys, wetland mitigation, GIS Mapping, environmental assessments, education programs for high schools

Professional Organizations

  • Society Of American Foresters, Member (2014—Current)
  • Civil Rights Committee, Local Representative (2012—Current)
  • United Nations, Food And Agriculture Organization, North American Forestry Commission, Alternate Correspondent (2005—Current)
  • University Of Tennessee, Invited Lecturer (2004—Current)

Awards and Recognition

Performance award, 2014
Superior performance
Appreciation award, 2014
Contribution to station Civil Rights Committee
Performance award, 2011
Superior performance
Spot Award, 2008
Acting supervisor
Directors Award, 2005
Contributions to integration of phase 3 with phase 2 in FIA

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