John M. PyeProgram Specialist - R&D Internet Content
P.O. Box 12254
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2254
Current ResearchCurrent activities are focused on improving the interaction of Forest Service researchers with their customers through web content that is rich, current, and discoverable. The agency's internal tool for managing its research, the Research Information Tracking System (RITS), empowers all areas of the agency's research operations to enter and update the latest information on research direction, expertise, and accomplishments for transfer when appropriate to public-facing web sites. Discovery tools like Treesearch and the R&D-wide SOLR search tool help customers find the solutions they need. Interagency collaborations like VIVO, STAR METRICS, PatentsView, and Science.gov build on industry best practices and demonstrate the connections from strategic objectives to scientific results and use.
Most of my research has been conducted as an ecologist with the US Forest Service, working with economists to explore the social and ecologic interactions that shape our forests and the benefits they produce. Early work was on acid rain and air pollution effects on trees and stands, and an evaluation of the costs and benefits of research to control fusiform rust damage in southern pines. Wildfires in Florida in 1998 encouraged investigations into the economics of wildfires both in Florida and beyond. A long standing line of research has been in the regional dynamics and control of southern pine beetle. For another view of my work see John Pye - Faces of the Forest Service.
Why This Research is Important
A key part of the Forest Service mission is to provide the science that managers need to promote the health and resilience of the Nation's forests and grasslands to benefit the American people. Transparency of objectives, operations, and accomplishments builds trust with taxpayers, collaborators, and future partners. Open access to the results of federally funded research means better informed decisions.
- M.A. in Ecology, 1982
- University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
- B.A. in Biology, 1976
- Swarthmore College
- Program Specialist - eResearch, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station
Oversees the eResearch Program including the Research Information Tracking System and support for national R&D web efforts including associated contract oversight.
- Ecologist, U.S. Forest Service, Southern Research Station
Investigated the broad scale interactions of forest health and economics, including wildfire incidence, suppression and fuel management; southern pine beetle dynamics; fusiform rust research and its economic effectiveness; and air pollution's effects from seedlings to stands. Supported communication of research results by designing and implementing websites and soliciting and managing the organization and summarization of research to meet customer needs.
- Management consultant, Macro Systems, Inc., Silver Spring, MD
Supported management analyses, cost-benefit studies, and research management systems for federal civilian clients.
- Research technician/programmer, Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia
Performed stream sampling, data analysis and programming at the Stroud Water Research Laboratory in southeastern Pennsylvania.
- Digital Strategy Initiative, U.S. Forest Service, Member (2015—Current)
- Eno River State Park, Volunteer Trail Steward (2013—Current)
- Ecological Society of America, Member (1981—Current)
- Society of American Foresters, Member (1981—Current)
Awards and Recognition
- Contracting Officer's Technical Representative - Level II Certification, 2017
- Qualifications now include 160 hours of formal training and seven years of experience.
- USDA Certificate of Merit, 2009
- For serving on the FS Information Resources Strategic Framework Core Team and helping to set a long-term strategy for the management and use of the Information Resources in the Agency.
- Natural Resource Stewardship Award, 2008
- Station Director's Award, Southern Research Station
- Research Professional Support Award, 2008
- Station Director's Award, Southern Research Station
- USDA Certificate of Appreciation, 1997
- For your work on the Southern Appalachian Assessment, which recently received the Chief's 1997 National Ecosystem Management Award and Vice President Gore's Hammer Award.
Featured Publications and Products
- Pye, John M.; Holmes, Thomas P.; Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Wear, David N. 2011. Economic Impacts of the Southern Pine Beetle.
- Pye, John M. 1988. Impact of Ozone on the Growth and Yield of Trees: A Review.
- Pye, John M.; Wagner, John E.; Holmes, Thomas P.; Cubbage, Frederick W. 1997. Positive Returns from Investment in Fusiform Rust Research.
- Pye, John M.; Rauscher, H. Michael; Sands, Yasmeen; Lee, Danny C.; Beatty, Jerome S., tech. eds. 2010. Advances in threat assessment and their application to forest and rangeland management—Volume 1 and Volume 2.
- Pye, John M.; Rauscher, H. Michael; Kennard, Deborah K.; Flebbe, Patricia A.; Jordin, J. Bryan; Hubbard, William G.; Fowler, Cynthia; Ward, James. 2007. Using web-based technology to deliver scientific knowledge: the Southern Forest Encyclopedia Network.
- Holmes, Thomas P.; Huggett, Robert J.; Pye, John M. 2008. Forest economics, natural disturbances and the new ecology.
- Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Mercer, D. Evan; Pye, John M. 2008. Natural disturbance production functions.
- Mercer, D. Evan; Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Butry, David T.; Pye, John M. 2007. Evaluating alternative prescribed burning policies to reduce net economic damages from wildfire.
- Wear, David; Pye, John; Riitters, Kurt H. 2004. Defining conservation priorities using fragmentation forecasts.
- Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Pye, John M.; Holmes, Thomas P. 2004. Temporal Aggregation and Testing For Timber Price Behavior.
- Holmes, Thomas P.; Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Pye, John M.; Butry, David T.; Mercer, D. Evan; Abt, Karen L. 2004. Using Size-Frequency Distributions to Analyze Fire Regimes in Florida.
- Pye, John M.; Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Butry, David T.; Abt, Karen L. 2003. Prescribed burning and wildfire risk in the 1998 fire season in Florida.
- Butry, David T.; Pye, John M.; Prestemon, Jeffrey P. 2002. Prescribed Fire In the Interface: Separating The People From The Trees.
- Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Pye, John M.; Butry, David T.; Holmes, Thomas P.; Mercer, D. Evan. 2002. Understanding Broadscale Wildfire Risks in a Human-Dominated Landscape.
- Butry, David T.; Mercer, D. Evan; Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Pye, John M.; Holmes, Thomas P. 2001. What Is the Price of Catastrophic Wildfire?.
- Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Pye, John M. 2000. A Technique for Merging Areas in Timber Mart-South Data.
- Cubbage, F.W.; Pye, John M.; Holmes, T.P.; Wagner, J.E. 2000. An economic evaluation of fusiform rust protection research.
- Gumpertz, M. L.; Wu, C.-T.; Pye, John M. 2000. Logistic regression for southern pine beetle outbreaks with spatial and temporal autocorrelation.
- Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Pye, John M.; Abt, Karen Lee; Wear, David N. 1999. Market Definition For Hardwood Timber in the Southern Appalachians.
- Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Pye, John M. 1999. Merging Areas In Timber Mart South Data.
- de Steiguer, Joseph E.; Hedden, Roy L.; Pye, John M. 1987. Optimal Level of Expenditure to Control the Southern Pine Beetle.