Thomas Waldrop

Thomas  Waldrop
Thomas Waldrop 
Name: Thomas Waldrop 
Title: Team Leader/Research Forester
Unit: Center for Forest Disturbance Science (4156)
Phone: 864-656-5054
Fax: 706-559-4317 - Unit Fax


Location Information

USDA-Forest Service
Department of Forest Resources

233 Lehotsky Hall
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634


Research Information


B.S., Clemson University, Forest Management, 1978; M.F., Clemson University, Forest Protection, 1980; Ph.D., The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Ecology, 1983

Current Research:

The scientist is the Team Leader of the RWU's Fire Ecology Team. The team's mission is to develop the science base to facilitate the use and understanding of prescribed fire in southern ecosystems. I have primary responsibility for research on ecosystems in the Piedmont and Appalachian Mountains. Major research objectives include: 1) reintroduction of fire to declining disturbance-dependent communities, 2) fire prescription alternatives and their impacts to sites on moderate and steep slopes, 3) fuel reduction impacts to ecosystem structure, function, and sustainability, 4) fuel dynamics across the southern Appalachian Landscape, and 5) wildfire impacts to Appalachian forests. In 2009, I founded the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists. This group of over 400 professionals in working closely with the Fire Learning Network to answer questions about fire management and impacts in numerous Appalachian ecosystems from Pennsylvania to Alabama.

Collaborative Research:

Waldrop is a leader in the National Fire and Fire Surrogate Study which involves over 130 scientists on 12 study sites throughout the United States. He works closely with scientists at two of the sites, the Southeastern Piedmont and the Southern Appalachian sites. Cooperators include three SRS Research Work Units, R-8 National Forest Systems, the University of Georgia, Clemson University, NC State University, The University of Tennessee, and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.

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