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Jim M. Guldin

Supervisory Research Ecologist and Project Leader
P.O. Box 1270 (US Mail)
607 Reserve Street (Shipping)
Hot Springs, AR 71902
Phone: 501-623-1180 x103
jguldin@fs.fed.us

Current Research

  • A national approach to adaptive silviculture under the influence of changing climate
  • Development of a climate change hazard rating index in west Gulf and Interior Highlands forest stands
  • Application of uneven-aged silviculture-75 years of experience
  • Conduct the Southern Pine Module, National Advanced Silviculture Program
  • Growth and yield of shortleaf pine
  • Regeneration dynamics in mixed shortleaf pine-hardwood stands under pine-bluestem restoration in the western Ouachita Mountains

Research Interests

  • Ecology and silviculture of naturally regenerated forest stands, with an emphasis on southern pines
  • Theory and practice of uneven-aged silviculture, with emphasis on mixed loblolly-shortleaf pine stands on the Upper West Gulf Coastal Plain
  • Science delivery and technology transfer in silviculture and forest management
  • Ecological restoration of forested ecosystems, with an emphasis on stands dominated by southern pines
  • Application of silviculture under changing ecological, economic, and social forcing factors

Why This Research is Important

  • Modifications of theory and practice of silvicultural systems under the influence of changing climate
  • Develop practical field guidelines for assessment of exposure, hazard and risk for forest stands on public and private lands under the influence of changing climate in a local context
  • Continue to advance the theory and practice of uneven-aged silvicultural systems in intolerant southern pines based on long-term experience
  • Advanced technical skills are needed for silvicultural certification required by law for foresters practicing on National Forest lands
  • Improve models for growth and yield of even-aged southern pine stands in the Ouachita Mountains
  • Develop indicators of long-term sustainability in applied forest management for ecological restoration goals in shortleaf pine-dominated ecosystems in the Ouachita Mountains

Education

Ph.D. in Quantitative forest ecology, 1982
University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.S. in Forest Science (silviculture), 1977
Yale University
B.S. in Forest Science, 1975
Pennsylvania State University

Professional Experience

Supervisory Research Ecologist and Project Leader, SRS-4158, Restoring and Managing Longleaf Pine Ecosystems, Southern Research Station
2014—Current

Develop new personal research, and provide scientific and administrative leadership and supervision for SRS locations related to ecology, silviculture, and restoration of longleaf pine ecosystems. Subunit locations include Auburn AL, Clemson SC, Pineville LA, and include the Escambia EF in Brewton AL and the Palustris EF in Pineville LA.

Supervisory Research Ecologist and Project Leader, SRS-4159, Ecology and Management of Southern Pines, Southern Research Station, US Forest Service
2007—Current

Continue personal research, and provide scientific and administrative leadership and supervision for SRS locations related to ecology, silviculture, and restoration of southern pine ecosystems (especially Coastal Plain loblolly-shortleaf pine and Interior Highland shorttleaf pine forest types). Subunit locations include Monticello AR, Hot Springs AR, Pineville LA, Huntsville AL, and Nacogdoches TX; responsibities also include the Crossett EF in Crossett AR, the Stephen F. Austin EF in Nacogdoches TX, and the Alum Creek EF in Jessieville, AR.

Supervisory Ecologist and Project Leader, SRS-4106, Ecology and Management of Upland Forest Ecosystems, Southern Research Station, US Forest Service
1998—2006

Continue existing personal research, provide scientific and administrative supervision for SRS locations in Monticello AR, Crossett AR, Hot Springs AR, and Jasper, AR

Research Forest Ecologist, SRS-4106, Ecology and Management of Upland Forest Ecosystems, Southern Research Station, US Forest Service
1991—1997

Continue existing personal research centered in the west Gulf Coastal Plain and Interior Highlands

Asst/Assoc.Professor, School of Forest Resources, University of Arkansas at Monticello, Monticello AR
1982—1991

Research emphasis on naturally-regenerated even-aged and uneven-aged southern pines in the upper west Gulf Coastal Plain; teaching included undergraduate and graduate courses in silviculture, forest recreation, summer camp, and senior seminar.

Professional Organizations

  • Society of American Foresters, Co-Program Chair (2012—Current)
  • Arkansas Board Of Registration For Foresters, Arkansas Registered Forester, License #774 (2005—Current)

Awards and Recognition

Outstanding Alumni Award, Penn State Forestr Resources Alumni Group, 2013
Guldin was one of four recipients of this award in 2013. Dept. Head Mike Messina honored Guldin for "professional achievements, service to his profession and community and his high personal and professional standards." Read more bout the award here: http:
US Forest Service, Southern Region, Regional Forester’s Technology Transfer (External) Group Award., 2007
Participation in ad hoc Ouachita Shortleaf Pine-bluestem Technology Transfer Team.
USDA Forest Service National Silviculturist of the Year, 2003
For outstanding national accomplishments in the field of silviculture, awarded at the 2003 National Silviculture Workshop, Granby, CO
Arkansas Oak Award, Arkansas Field Office, The Nature Conservancy, 2003
For outstanding national accomplishments in support of the conservation of Arkansas forests.

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