Research Opportunities


Eastern Threat Center scientists participate in many research projects that collectively address a range of forest threat issues. To inquire about student or volunteer opportunities at Center offices located in Asheville or Research Triangle Park, NC, please contact the scientists listed with the projects on this page. To learn about other job opportunities with the U.S. Forest Service, please visit USA Jobs.


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Asheville Office (Eastern Threat Center headquarters)

200 W.T. Weaver Blvd.
Asheville, NC 28804
(828) 257-4832
fax: (828) 257-4894


Classifying and communicating landscape vegetation structure with LiDAR- contact: Steve Norman

Determining the sensitivity of eastern U.S. fire regimes to climate change - contact: Steve Norman

Michelle_Baumflek.jpgEffects of "Urbanness" on land surface phenology - contact: Bill Hargrove

Impacts of invasive plant removal treatments on bird and butterfly communities in a desert riparian floodplain ecosystem - contact: Lars Pomara

LanDAT: Landscape Dynamics Assessment Tools - contact: Danny C. Lee

National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy - contact: Danny C. Lee

Potential of MODIS forest change products for estimating percent forest mortality from mountain pine beetle outbreaks - contact: Bill Hargrove

Technology development to support a national early warning system for environmental threats - contact: Bill Hargrove

Understanding the drivers and impacts of Appalachian fire regimes - contact: Steve Norman


Research Triangle Park Office

3041 E. Cornwallis Rd.
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
(919) 549-4014
fax: (919) 549-4047


Assessing forest tree risk of extinction and genetic degradation from climate change
- contact: Kevin Potter

Assessing genetic variation of forest tree species at risk - contact: Kevin Potter

Assessing regional-scale patterns of insect and disease damage to forests - contact: Kevin Potter

Characterizing and quantifying uncertainty in forest pest risk analyses - contact: Frank Koch

Climate, population, and vegetation cover change impacts on water supply and demand, carbon sequestration, and biodiversity across the conterminous U.S. - contact: Ge Sun

Developing indicators of forest biodiversity and ecosystem function across broad regions - contact: Kevin Potter

Earth System Modeling Project - contact: Ge Sun

Effects of prescribed burning on stream water quantity, quality, and fuel loads in a small Piedmont watershed in North Carolina - contact: Johnny Boggs

Effects of species conversion on transpiration and streamflow in the Piedmont of North Carolina - contact: Johnny Boggs

Michael_Gavazzi_and_studentsEffects of timber harvest on streamflow and water quality in small watersheds in the Piedmont of North Carolina - contact: Johnny Boggs

Effects of wildland fires and fuel treatment strategies on water quantity across the contiguous United States - contact: Ge Sun

Forest health monitoring, analysis, and assessment - contact: Kurt Riitters

Integrating landscape ecology, genetics, and conservation biology in the assessment of forest health - contact: Kevin Potter

International collaboration research with China: the U.S.-China Carbon Consortium - contact: Ge Sun

Invasive species prefer certain habitats - contact: Qinfeng Guo

Landscape pattern assessment - contact: Kurt Riitters

Modeling and mapping landscape pattern resilience and vulnerability - contact: Kurt Riitterskurt and frank_map_2011.JPG

National-scale risk mapping and modeling for invasive forest pests - contact: Frank Koch

Nitrogen fertilization impacts on high elevation spruce forests, Mount Ascutney, VT - contact: Johnny Boggs

Plant traits can often determine invasives potential - contact: Qinfeng Guo

Prioritizing tree species for conservation and management in changing times - contact: Kevin Potter

Quantifying large-scale patterns of forest fire occurrence - contact: Kevin Potter

Systematic assessment of coarse scale, national level and fine scale, special interest area critical load assessments - contact: Steve McNulty

USDA Southeast Regional Climate Hub - contact: Steve McNulty

Variability in tree transpiration across buffer and upland zones in a small headwater catchment - contact: Johnny Boggs

Yellow birch and acid deposition in the Southern Appalachians - contact: Johnny Boggs

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