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Andy Scott

Research Soil Scientist
Alabama A&M University
P.O. Box 1927
Normal, AL 35762
Phone: 256-372-4540

Current Research

  • Long-Term Soil Productivity in managed forest ecosystems, with an emphasis on stands dominated by southern pines
  • Silvicultural and sustainability impacts of biomass harvesting from southern pine forests
  • Ecological restoration of forested ecosystems, with an emphasis on stands with rare or distinct soil characteristics


Ph.D. in Forest Soils, 2002
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
M.S. in Forestry, 1998
Texas A&M University
B.S. in Forest Management, 1995
Purdue University

Professional Organizations

  • Soil Science Society of America, Member (1996—Current)
  • Society Of American Foresters, Member (1992—Current)

Awards and Recognition

Southern Research Station Director's Multicultural Organization Award, 2012
For exceptional leadership and creativity as the Station Liaison to Alabama A&M University
Best Poster in Session, Soil Science Society of America Annual Meetings, 2011
Scott, D.A., D. Bragg, J.M. Guldin, J. Schuler. 2010. Spatial patterns of soil carbon storage in unharvested and frequently harvested southern pine stands (Poster). Presented at the Soil Science Society of America meetings, Nov. 1-3, 2010, Long Beach, CA.
Outstanding Associate Editor, Soil Science Society of America Journal, 2010
For outstanding efforts as associate editor of the SSSAJ

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Research Highlights

North American Forest Soils are Remarkably Resistant (2012)
SRS-2012-09 Ten years of data on 45 locations in the United States and Canada illustrate exactly how much disturbance forest soils can undergo and still remain productive
Soil Condition Affects Longleaf Pine Seedlings More Than Loblolly Pine Seedlings (2014)
SRS-2014-141 Restoring longleaf pine forests to previously disturbed soils, especially those that have been compacted by past management, can have problems. This research helped us quantify how similar or dissimilar longleaf pine seedlings are to loblolly pine seedlings, which researchers and managers are very familiar with.
R&D Affiliations
Research Topics
Priority Areas
SRS Science Area
Experimental Forests and Ranges
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