Dr. Janaki R.R. Alavalapati, Dean
School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences
3301 Forestry and Wildlife Building
602 Duncan Drive
Auburn, Alabama 36849-3418
Coarse structural targets have historically been used to guide forest restoration. Oftentimes these targets are gleaned from studies conducted in stands where forest management has largely been absent or completely excluded. As such, the recommendations guiding many contemporary restoration efforts are not accounting for functional changes that have occurred following decades of forest management. Consequently, efforts to restore forest ecosystems may not achieve the desired response. This seminar provides several examples of how legacy effects of forest management are impacting efforts to restore degraded stands in a variety of ecosystems.
John Willis graduated with a PhD in Forestry and Evolutionary Ecology from Michigan State University. John previously worked as an Assistant Professor of Silviculture and Forest Ecology at Mississippi State University for four years. Currently, John works as a Research Forester with the United States Forest Service in Auburn, Alabama.