Biography of Danny C. Lee


Danny C. Lee, EFETAC DirectorDr. Danny C. Lee was the inaugural Director of the U.S. Forest Service’s Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center (EFETAC), established in early 2005 to develop knowledge and tools needed to predict, detect, and assess environmental threats to forests in the eastern United States. EFETAC is headquartered with the Southern Research Station in Asheville and has an office in Research Triangle Park, NC. Dr. Lee served as EFETAC Director from 2005 to 2019. He continues as Director of the Center for Forest Assessment and Synthesis, a group of five SRS research units of which EFETAC is one.

Dr. Lee’s individual research has focused on the application of systems analysis, risk assessment, and modeling of large-scale ecosystem management issues. Previous positions included—project leader with the Pacific Southwest Research Station in Arcata, California, and science team leader for the Sierra Nevada Framework for Conservation and Collaboration from 1998-2000. From 1991 to 1998, he worked at the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Boise, Idaho, on aquatic and land interactions in the Columbia River Basin, including work on the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project. His work on integrated ecological and economic planning efforts began while at Resources for the Future, a nonprofit research think tank, in Washington, DC, from 1985-1991.

Dr. Lee earned a PhD in wildlife and fisheries sciences at Texas A&M University, a master’s degree in applied statistics from Louisiana State University, and master and bachelor degrees in ecology and zoology, respectively, from the University of Tennessee.

Learn more about Danny C. Lee's work:

National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy

View Danny C. Lee's Eastern Threat Center publications.

Contact Danny C. Lee at or 828-257-4854.

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