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John Willis

Research Forester
521 Devall Drive
Auburn, AL 36849-5418
Phone: 334-826-8700 x133
Fax: 334-821-0037

Current Research

  • Longleaf pine restoration on xeric sites
  • Accelerating late-successional forest structure in the Pacific Northwest
  • Retaining forest flammability in upland hardwood stands
  • Mixed-stand dynamics in the southeastern United States
  • Gap dynamics in northern hardwoods        

Research Interests

  • Restoring degraded ecosystems
  • Understanding contemporary stand dynamics
  • Developing silvicultural strategies for maintaining species diversity


Ph.D. Forestry and Evolutionary Ecology and Behavior Biology in Forest Ecology and Silviculture, 2014
Michigan State University
M.S. Forest Science in Silviculture, 2009
Colorado State University
B.S Forestry in Fire Science, 2007
Colorado State University

Awards and Recognition

Manierre Award, 2019
Award for research conducted with the Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation
Silviculture Prize for Best Publication (co-author), 2018
Institute of Chartered Foresters


Research Highlights

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