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John M. Pye

Program Specialist - R&D Internet Content
P.O. Box 12254
3041 E. Cornwallis Road
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2254
Phone: 919-549-4013
jpye@fs.fed.us

Current Research

Current activities are focused on improving the interaction of Forest Service researchers with their customers through web content that is rich, current, and discoverable. The intranet accountability tool Research Information Tracking System (RITS) empowers all areas of the agency's research operations to enter and update the latest information on research direction, expertise, and accomplishments for transfer when appropriate to public-facing web sites. Discovery tools like Treesearch and the R&D-wide SOLR search tool help customers find the solutions they need. Interagency collaborations like VIVO, STAR METRICSPatentsView, and Science.gov build on industry best practices and demonstrate the connections from strategic objectives to scientific results and use.

Past Research

Most of my research has been conducted as an ecologist with the US Forest Service, working with economists to explore the social and ecologic interactions that shape our forests and the benefits they produce. Early work was on acid rain and air pollution effects on trees and stands, and an evaluation of the costs and benefits of research to control fusiform rust damage in southern pines. Wildfires in Florida in 1998 encouraged investigations into the economics of wildfires both in Florida and beyond. A long standing line of research has been in the regional dynamics and control of southern pine beetle.

Why This Research is Important

A key part of the Forest Service mission is to provide the science that managers need to promote the health and resilience of the Nation's forests and grasslands to benefit the American people. Transparency of objectives, operations, and accomplishments builds trust with taxpayers, collaborators, and future partners. Open access to the results of federally funded research means better informed decisions.

Education

M.A. in Ecology, 1982
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
B.A. in Biology, 1976
Swarthmore College

Professional Experience

Program Specialist - eResearch, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station
2010—Current

Oversees the eResearch Program including the Research Information Tracking System and support for national R&D web efforts including associated contract oversight.

Ecologist, U.S. Forest Service, Southern Research Station
1985—2010

Investigated the broad scale interactions of forest health and economics, including wildfire incidence, suppression and fuel management; southern pine beetle dynamics; fusiform rust research and its economic effectiveness; and air pollution's effects from seedlings to stands. Supported communication of research results by designing and implementing websites and soliciting and managing the organization and summarization of research to meet customer needs.

Management consultant, Macro Systems, Inc., Silver Spring, MD
1977—1979

Supported management analyses, cost-benefit studies, and research management systems for federal civilian clients.

Research technician/programmer, Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia
1976—1976

Performed stream sampling, data analysis and programming at the Stroud Water Research Laboratory in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Professional Organizations

  • Digital Strategy Initiative, U.S. Forest Service, Member (2015—Current)
  • Eno River State Park, Volunteer Trail Steward (2013—Current)
  • Ecological Society of America, Member (1981—Current)
  • Society of American Foresters, Member (1981—Current)

Awards and Recognition

Contracting Officer's Technical Representative - Level II Certification, 2017
Qualifications now include 160 hours of formal training and seven years of experience.
USDA Certificate of Merit, 2009
For serving on the FS Information Resources Strategic Framework Core Team and helping to set a long-term strategy for the management and use of the Information Resources in the Agency.
Natural Resource Stewardship Award, 2008
Station Director's Award, Southern Research Station
Research Professional Support Award, 2008
Station Director's Award, Southern Research Station
USDA Certificate of Appreciation, 1997
For your work on the Southern Appalachian Assessment, which recently received the Chief's 1997 National Ecosystem Management Award and Vice President Gore's Hammer Award.

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