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Johnny Boggs

Biological Scientist
P.O. Box 12254
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2254
Phone: 919-549-4060

Current Research

Investigating the management potential of forests to protect water resources in the Piedmont of North Carolina and the impacts of nitrogen deposition on nutrient cycling and forest productivity in the eastern United States.

Boggs, Johnny; Sun, Ge; Domec, Jean-Christophe; McNulty, Steven; Treasure, Emrys. 2015. Clearcutting upland forest alters transpiration of residual trees in the riparian buffer zone. Hydrological Processes John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. 14 p.


M.S. in Plant and Soil Science, 1998
Alabama A&M University
B.S. in Environment Science, 1996
Alabama A&M University

Professional Organizations

  • Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences, (2015—Current)

Awards and Recognition

Research Professional Support Award, 2015
For exceptional professional support in studying the impacts of forest management and climate change on water resources and ecosystem sustainability.

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Research Highlights

Forest Cover Plays a More Critical Role in Regulating Water Resources in the Piedmont than in the Mountains and Coastal Plain (2015)
SRS-2015-236 The mountains, Piedmont, and coastal plain are three distinct land provinces across the southeastern U.S. Population density, topography, and types of forests are unique to each region, resulting in a range of different water resource needs and responses to land cover changes. Understanding how streamflow will respond to land disturbances such as timber harvesting and development planning across these regions can provide useful information to land managers as they set streamflow targets needed to maintain healthy fish habitat and meet human water demand.

Forest Inventory and Analysis Plots Provide Foundational Data for Experimental Forest Network (2020)
SRS-2020-44 New Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) plots are being installed across the Southern Research Station Experimental Forest Network. The purpose of these plots is to:Generate baseline data about tree attributes and forest health,Create a universal sampling method, andProvide an infrastructure for long-term complementary studies. This work will increase communication across experimental forests and offer foundational data that will be used to maintain and improve the health of our forests and other natural resources.

Water samples provide further guidance on how best to protect water quality at stream crossings in Piedmont forests (2017)
SRS-2017-150 Sedimentation inputs to streams are some of the biggest current and future challenges for land and water managers. Preventing stream sediment generated from silvicultural activities requires an understanding of local inputs. A recent Forest Service study provides sediment data that resource managers can incorporate into their decision support system to help estimate sediment concentrations and exports from stream crossings, haul roads, and skid trails in Piedmont forests. They can also use the data to further refine statewide Best Management Practice guidelines.

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