Joseph O'Brien

Research Ecologist
320 Green Street
Athens, GA 30602-2044
Phone: 706-559-4336

Current Research

I am currently examining the physiological mechanisms behind the high mortality of ancient long leaf pines after fires are reintroduced to long unburned stands. I am also studying the impact of combining prescribed fire with slash pine plantation management practices in Florida to reduce dangerous fuel loads. I am developing a research program on the fire ecology of tropical pine forest ecosystems in southern Florida and the Bahama Archipelago. Generally, I am interested in the relationship between fire and plant ecophysiology, population dynamics and ecosystem properties.


Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, 2001
Florida International University
M.S. in Biological Sciences, 1997
Florida International University
B.S., 1986
State University of New York at Geneseo

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Experimental Forests and Ranges
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