Forest ThreatNet

Volume 1, Issue 4 - Fall 2008

EFETAC Publications in Review

Tree Search logoDuring the past year, EFETAC scientists have published in a variety of journals and given presentations concerning their research. Please visit or for a comprehensive list through TreeSearch.

Noormets, A., McNulty, S.G., DeForest, J.L., Sun, G., Li, Q., Chen, J. 2008. Drought during canopy development has lasting effect on annual carbon balance in a deciduous temperate forest. New Phytologist 179(3):818-828.

Coulston, J.W., Koch, F.H., Smith, W.D., Sapio, F.J. 2008. Invasive forest pest surveillance: survey development and reliability. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 38:2422-2433.

Guo, Q. and A. Symstad. 2008. A two-part measure of degree of invasion for cross-community comparisons. Conservation Biology 22:666-672.



EFETAC in the News...

McNulty Expands Climate Change Discussions

SGCP team leader Steve McNulty is sharing his climate change research through several venues. He kicked off the Forest Service Office of International Programs Climate Change and Forests seminar series with the presentation “Likely Impacts of Climate Change on U.S. Forests and Forest Management.” McNulty also shared “Climate Change and the Southeast” as part of the Southern Region’s climate change learning seminars. He was also invited to consult with regional foresters in Yunnan, China, regarding forest restoration under a changing climate. Additionally, McNulty gave the keynote address at the 23rd IUFRO Conference on Air Pollution and Climate Change in Switzerland. Many of the discussions were based on McNulty’s draft report, “Vulnerability of the Southeastern U.S. to Climate Change.”

Boggs Featured on Forestry Careers Web Site

Careers in Forestry and Natural Resources logoSGCP biological scientist Johnny Boggs is featured on the Careers in Forestry & Natural Resources Web site. His profile, and that of other individuals from across the country, inspires high school students to consider a career in forestry and natural resources. The site is an outreach component of a National Science Foundation grant. Read more at

Chinese Scientists Tour Southern Research Station

Shirong Liu and Ge Sun at Coweeta Hydrologic LabSix scientists from the Chinese Academy of Forestry recently visited the Southern Research Station, touring EFETAC offices in Asheville, the Coweeta Hydrological Laboratory in Franklin, NC, and the Great Smoky Moutains National Park. While touring, they presented an overview of forestry research in China. The group was especially interested in reforestation ecology and effects of forest restoration on water resources. SGCP research hydrologist Ge Sun offered the initial invitation and accompanied the Chinese researchers during their visit.

Above right: EFETAC research hydrologist Ge Sun shares dry and wet atmospheric chemical deposition measurements with Chinese Academy of Forestry Vice President Dr. Shirong Liu at Coweeta Hydrologic Lab.

College Students Study Hargrove's Ecoregions

An ecoregion map developed by EFETAC ecologist William Hargrove is used in two higher educational textbooks. McGraw-Hill’s sixth edition of Cartography: Thematic Map Design, authored by Dent, Torguson, and Hodler features the map as the cover design, and the first edition of Exploring Geology, authored by Reynolds, Johnson, Kelly, Morin, and Carter highlights the map in a chapter asking, “How Does Geology Influence Ecology?”

Bechtold Wins Wellness, Photography Awards

FHM team leader Bill Bechtold received a SRS Director’s Award for being the Station’s wellness champion for more than a decade, encouraging employees to participate in a realm of agency-supported health and physical activities. Additionally, Bechtold received two first-place and a third place award in a photography contest sponsored by the SRS Science Delivery Group.

Varnish conk - Photo by Bill Bechtold, EFETAC FHM


Slick Rock Falls - Photo by Bill Bechtold, EFETAC FHMHemlock mortality - Photo by Bill Bechtold, EFETAC FHM

EFETAC FHM team leader Bill Bechtold shows his eye for photography during a recent contest sponsored by the SRS Science Delivery Group. Bechtold took top honors in the Flora and Scenic categories and 3rd place in the Other category. Bechtold snapped his photos in Western North Carolina and captured (left to right) a varnish conk, Slick Rock Falls, and hemlock mortality. Click images to enlarge.

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