Anita K. Rose

Research Ecologist
4700 Old Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
Phone: 865-862-2029

Current Research

Recent and Current Research: My research focuses broadly on the health and current conditions of forests in the Southern Region.

Forest Health Research: the addition of forest-health related indicators to the FIA sample design has allowed for new and unique analyses of potential forest health issues. Utilizing these indicators and integrating them with other measurements made by FIA has been a focus of my research.
• Ozone-induced foliar injury. FIA has been the only entity to conduct large-scale surveys for ozone damage. My research led to the conclusion that precipitation is directly correlated to the incidence of injury at the landscape scale. This study was one of the first to correlate field-collected ozone injury, air quality monitoring, and precipitation information.• Hurricane impacts to tree crowns. Hurricane Isabel demonstrated the utility of foliage transparency in detecting hurricane damage to tree crowns.• Conditions of forest soil across the Southern US• Integrated forest health research. My goal for the future is to integrate plot collected data (growth, mortality, soil parameters, etc.) with air quality monitoring data and climatic data in order to quantify impacts of acidic deposition, ozone, and climate change to forests of the US.

Forest Ecology and Dynamics:• Oak seedling recruitment study. There is some evidence that oak-dominated forests of the Eastern United States may be transitioning to more maple- and mixed-species dominated forests. Although oaks are still major overstory dominants, they are often underrepresented in the understory. This lack of understory dominance is often attributed to the low-shade tolerance of oaks and to the lack of disturbance, primarily from fire suppression. My recent/current research on oak regeneration includes a landscape scale study of the current status of saplings versus trees across Virginia as compared with other species to estimate current recruitment of oak seedlings into the overstory.• Acorn production prediction. Prediction of acorn production for five species of oak common in the Eastern US. These equations give land managers the ability to estimate acorn crops for wildlife and management planning.• Oak mortality and decline.• Species-specific research. Changes in species due to insect infestations, changing disturbance regimes, and changing management activities can have significant impacts on a species. Species investigated to date include: hemlock, longleaf pine, black walnut, various oaks, various hickories, as well as several others.


M.S. in Ecology, 2000
University of Tennessee
B.S. in Botany, 1992
University of Tennessee
B.S. in Biology, 1992
University of Tennessee

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