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Science in Practice Webinars

A timely way to share practical research take-aways

Last year, USDA Forest Service scientist Stephanie Laseter launched a webinar series called Science in Practice.

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Science in Practice webinars highlight research and practical management implications. USFS image.

In her role as a liaison between the Southern Research Station and Southern Region of the National Forest System, Laseter links SRS researchers and their recent findings with land managers in the Region and across the Southern Group of State Foresters.

The pandemic paused plans for in-person meetings and seminars, so Laseter designed a virtual alternative: a series of webinars to highlight recent research – with a focus on practical management implications. Science in Practice connects scientists, field technicians, managers, and practitioners.

The thirty-minute webinars have been a successful tool for sharing research updates and sparking new collaborations. The webinars are averaging upwards of 100 attendees per session.

Recent topics have included:

  • American chestnut restoration,
  • Crayfish diversity and conservation,
  • Forest management effects on bat habitat,
  • Fuel models for prescribed fire,
  • Invasive species detection and management,
  • Nontimber forest products,
  • Oak regeneration,
  • Southern pine beetle outbreaks, and more.

Additional speakers and topics are planned for the rest of 2021 and beyond. The online webinars are free and available for anyone to attend.

For more information or to receive emails about upcoming webinars, email Stephanie Laseter at