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Dale Brockway

Emeritus Scientist
521 Devall Drive
Auburn, AL 36849-5418
Phone: 334-826-8700 x128
Fax: 334-821-0037

Current Research

Forest ecosystem ecology, fire ecology, restoration ecology and silviculture. Quantify the dynamic interactions between ecological processes and natural disturbance regimes, specifically fire as a regulator of ecosystem function, structure, pattern and composition. Development of technologies useful in restoration of degraded ecosystems to a functional status compatible with achieving the multiple goals and objectives of natural resource managers. Analysis of the management impacts, resulting from application of silviculture alternatives, on ecosystem processes, biological diversity and sustainable productivity in longleaf pine forests.

Research Interests

Ecosystem restoration; ecosystem recovery from disturbance; uneven-aged forest management through selection silviculture.

Past Research

Restoring fire as an ecological process in shortgrass prairies; restoring grassland savannas from degraded pinyon-juniper woodlands; forest plant diversity at local and landscape scales in the Cascade Mountains; ecological classification and management of forest plant associations in the western Cascades; forest fertilization and nutrient cycling through land application of biosolids and wastewater.

Why This Research is Important

During the earlier period of timber exploitation, longleaf pine occupancy throughout the South was reduced from 93 to less than 3 million acres. Since this time, longleaf pine forests have come to be recognized as being among the most species-rich plant communities outside the tropics and yet one of the most endangered of terrestrial ecosystems in North America. In recent times, broad-scale collaborative efforts have developed which are aimed at restoring longleaf pine on several million new acres and improving the condition of longleaf pine ecosystems on many existing acres. The research undertaken by RWU-SRS-4158 "Restoring and Managing Longleaf Pine Ecosystems" focuses on providing new and improved methods, techniques and tools that will facilitate the restoration of longleaf pine ecosystems and provide guidance for sustainably managing longleaf pine forests for a broad range of products and services.


Ph.D. in Forest Ecology and Forest Soils, 1979
Michigan State University
M.S. in Forest Ecology and Silviculture, 1975
Michigan State University
B.S. in Biology: Ecology and Physiology, 1973
Michigan State University
A.S. in Conservation Biology, 1971
Delta College

Professional Experience

Research Ecologist, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service
Research Ecologist, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service
Forest & Grassland Ecologist, Rocky Mountain Region, USDA Forest Service
Research Plant Ecologist, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service
Forest Planning and Policy Development Section Leader, Forest Management Division, Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources
Forest Soil Scientist, Environmental Protection Bureau, Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources
Forest Ecologist, Pacific Northwest Region, USDA Forest Service
Forest Soil Scientist, Environmental Protection Bureau, Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources

Professional Organizations

  • Society for Ecological Restoration, Member (2001—Current)
  • Ecological Society of America, Lifetime Member (1988—Current)
  • Society of American Foresters (SAF), Member (1975—Current)

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