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James Vose

Project Leader
NC State Univ., Campus Box 8008
Raleigh, NC 27695
Phone: 919-513-7367

Current Research

Ecohydrology, forest-climate-land use interactions, science and policy syntheses, fire ecology, hemlock woolly adelgid impacts on ecosystem structure and function

Research Interests

My research approach spans the continuum from leaves to landscapes, and includes determination of the roles of species and natural and anthropogenic disturbances in regulating watershed ecosystem processes. This includes conducting and leading numerous interdisciplinary studies investigating ecosystem responses to prescribed burning, evaluating the effectiveness of riparian zone restoration and buffer widths, and quantifying ecosystem responses to climate change, forest management activities, and insect outbreaks. My current research with the Center for Integrated Forest Science builds on this foundation of research to address interactions between disturbance and ecosystem processes at larger spatial scales.

Why This Research is Important

Rapid changes in social and biophysical conditions in the U.S. and throughout the globe are impacting the ability of forest ecosystems to provide the services necessary to sustain human well-being. This has resulted in a pressing need for better and more integrated management and policy relevant information. This requires synthesizing information and collaborating across multiple disciplines, including social and economic sciences. For example, to address this need, I co-led a national assessment of climate change impacts on the nation's forests and developed management options to deal with those impacts on forests in the southern U.S. Currently, I am leading efforts to examine the interactions among climate, land use change, and water resources at river basin scales; and assessing the effectiveness of best management practices and policies for mitigating undesirable impacts.


Ph.D. in Forest Ecology, 1987
North Carolina State University
M.S. in Forest Ecology, 1984
Northern Arizona University
B.S. in Forestry, 1982
Southern Illinois University

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Research Highlights

Book Published to Help Managers of Southern Forests Cope with the Effects of Climate Change (2014)
SRS-2014-161 Resource managers and policy makers require new insights into the implications of a rapidly changing climate on forest ecosystems and their values, and new approaches to managing natural resources in response to climate change. A new book blends forest management, forest ecology, forest hydrology, wildlife and fisheries sciences, social and economic sciences, climate change, and modeling expertise, to provide science-based management options that can be applied and tested on the ground. It is the only integrated science-based analysis and description of management options available to natural resource managers, policy makers, and scientists for southern forests.
Forest Service Scientists Assess Potential Impacts of Eucalyptus on Water Resources in the Southern U.S. (2014)
SRS-2014-162 At the request of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the Center for Integrated Forest Science led interdisciplinary analyses to predict where freeze- tolerant Eucalyptus could be planted and assess the potential impacts on water resources. Novel econometric models predicted the potential for as many as 2.8 million acres of Eucalyptus plantations in the southern U.S. Hydrologic analyses suggested that this level of conversion would have negligible impacts on water resources at larger watershed scales; however, local impacts were possible depending upon the hydrological conditions of the planting site and surrounding area.
Science in supports of the National Climate Assessment (2014)
SRS-2014-167 A synthesis of research findings provided the foundation for the analysis of climate change on forest conditions, land use, and forest carbon in the Third National Climate Assessment released by the White House in 2014.
R&D Affiliations
Experimental Forests and Ranges
External Resources