Wayne C. Zipperer

Project Leader / Research Forester
P.O. Box 110806
Gainesville, FL 32611-0806
Phone: 352-376-4576

Current Research

  • Urbanization effects on ecosystem structure and function
  • Urbanization effects on landscape structure, function and change
  • Altered disturbance regimes and their effects on ecosystem patterns and processes and human safety


Ph.D. in Forestry, 1987
State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry

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Research Highlights

In-Filling Reduces the Urban Forest to the Detriment of Humans and Wildlife Habitat (2012)
SRS-2012-01 The urban landscape, because of its developed infrastructure, has less ecological services than a forested rural landscape and any further erosion of its remaining services may be detrimental to humans

Highly Dynamic Urban Forest in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (2014)
SRS-2014-165 Between 2001 and 2010, the urban forest in the San Juan Watershed in Puerto Rico was highly dynamic. Nearly 50 percent in trees originally sampled in 2001 had been removed or had died. However, growth of new trees exceeded mortality and resulted in an average increase of 40 trees per acre. The urban forest had a mean diameter growth rate of 0.39 inch per year.

In Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath, ecological changes driven primarily be socieconomics (2017)
SRS-2017-156 Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, vegetation analysis showed that ecological changes in New Orleans were driven primarily by socioeconomics. Household income, racial demographics, and land abandonment had greater influence on species composition and structure than disturbance duration, intensity, and type. Emergent vegetation on abandoned lots has created environmental justice issues in underserved and historically marginalized communities.

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