Chris A. Maier

Team Leader/ Research Biological Scientist
3041 Cornwallis Road
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Phone: 919-549-4072
Fax: 919-549-4047

Current Research

My research focuses on understanding the ecophysiological processes that regulate forest production and how these processes respond to management and climate change. Current studies address productivity/sustainability under intensive silviculture, the relationship between silviculture and carbon sequestration, inter- and intra-specific genetic variation in ecosystem productivity and water use, long-term responses to elevated CO2, and short-rotation biomass for bioenergy. The scale of study ranges from gas exchange and biochemistry of leaves, woody tissues, and fine roots, to biomass production and the partitioning and allocation of carbon within plants, to stand level carbon, water, and nutrient dynamics.


Ph.D. in Forest Biology, 2000
North Carolina State University
M.S. in Forest Biology, 1990
University of Georgia
B.S. in Biology, 1983
West Georgia College

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Research Highlights

I Water Use of Intensively Managed Eucalyptus Plantations Studied (2014)
SRS-2014-144 In parts of the southern U.S., short-rotation Eucalyptus plantations have the potential to substantially increase forest productivity for biomass and bioenergy but high productivity of Eucalyptus is associated with high water use. Forest Service scientists compared Eucalyptus productivity and water use to those of traditional pines in the southeastern U.S.