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Kurt Johnsen

Plant Physiologist
1577 Brevard Road
Phone: 828-667-5261 x113

Current Research

My current research focuses on physiological research as it can be applied to genetic conservation, forest restoration, forest reponses to climate change, and forest management along with longleaf pine carbon sequestration and restoration, and forest responses to elevated CO2.

Research Interests

Providing presentations and public outreach is also an important part of my research.  This presentation "Longleaf Pine Management in Light of Climate Change" was presented in 2014 at the First Fridays All Climate Change Talks (FFACCTs). To view this presentation please click this link:


Ph.D. in Forest Ecophysiology/Genetics, 1990
University of Georgia
M.S. in Forest Ecophysiology/Genetics, 1987
Virginia Tech
B.S. in Forestry, 1985
University of Vermont

Professional Experience

Plant Physiologist, , USDA-Forest Service-Southern Research Station (SRS)
Physiological Geneticist, Canadian Forest Service

Professional Organizations

  • FAO North American Forest Commission Forest Genetic Resources Working Group, Member (2010—Current)

Awards and Recognition

Distinguished Scientist Award, 2007
USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, 2007 Director's award.

Featured Publications and Products


Research Highlights

Quantifying and Managing Carbon Sequestration in Longleaf Pine Ccosystems. (2014)
SRS-2014-145 Forests can offset greenhouse gas emissions by sequestering carbon dioxide in tree biomass, understory vegetation, forest floor litter, detritus, soils and wood products. In partnership with Auburn University and the University of Florida, Forest Service scientists are assessing soil carbon pools and above and below-ground productivity in longleaf pine stands to create modeling tools for carbon management.

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External Resources
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