To provide knowledge and strategies for restoring, managing, and sustaining longleaf pine ecosystems
Initiated during the realignment of the Southern Research Station in 2007, SRS RWU- 4158 is a team of 6 scientists and support personnel whose mission is to provide knowledge and strategies for restoring, managing, and sustaining longleaf pine ecosystems in the southeastern United States. Scientists in the Unit work on two overarching research problems. They design and carry out research studies that seek to solve these problems or overcome related limitations to our knowledge of longleaf pine ecosystems. The Unit's scientists work with partners to provide knowledge and technologies needed to successfully restore and manage these ecosystems which are increasingly affected by a variety of human and natural influences in times of environmental stress and cultural and climatic change. The problem areas are as follows:
- Providing fundamental physiological knowledge needed to understand the processes that affect longleaf pine seedling production, establishment, and growth and development.
- Providing ecological information about population and community processes that affect restoration of longleaf pine woodlands and at risk native plant species.
- Providing practices, strategies, and models that quantify and predict the influence of management on maintaining and restoring longleaf pine ecosystems.
Our scientists work with partners and cooperators to provide knowledge and technologies needed to successfully restore and manage these ecosystems as they are increasingly affected by a variety of human and natural influences in times of environmental stress and cultural and climatic change.
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Meet Joan Walker, a plant ecologist with the SRS Restoring Longleaf Pine Ecosystems unit in Clemson, S.C. As a plant ecologist, Walker has done extensive research on flowers and grasses in the understory of longleaf pine ecosystems.
- Influence of reproduction cutting methods on structure, growth and regeneration of longleaf pine forests in flatwoods and uplands
Brockway, Dale G.; Outcalt, Kenneth W.
- Height-diameter relationships in longleaf pine and four swamp tree species
Chen, Xiongwen; Brockway, Dale G.
- Effects of basal area on survival and growth of longleaf pine when practicing selection silviculture
Kara, Ferhat; Loewenstein, Edward F.; Brockway, Dale G.
- Light availability and soil flooding regulate photosynthesis of an imperiled shrub in lowland forests of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley, USA
Lockhart, B. R.; Gardiner, E. S.; Leininger, T. D.; Devall, M. S.; Wilson, A. D.; Connor, K. F.; Hamel, P. B.; Schiff, N. M.
- Chinese tallow (Triadica sebifera) invasion in maritime forests: the role of anthropogenic disturbance and its management implication
Pile, Lauren S.; Wang, G. Geoff; Knapp, Benjamin O.; Walker, Joan L.; Stambaugh, Michael C.