My research interests encompasses several areas related to wind damage to trees and forests: 1) patterns of tree and forest damage, at single-tree, stand, and landscape scales; 2) the patterns of regeneration after wind disturbance; 3) the impact of salvage logging after wind disturbance; 4) individual tree wind firmness; and 5) using tree and forest damage to infer meteorological characteristics of storms. My long-term goals in relation to wind disturbance research include addressing the impact of these events on carbon cycling at the stand and larger scales. I also have a small continuing focus on pasture succession and old growth forest dynamics in premontane tropical wet forest in southern Costa Rica. Finally, I am leading the effort to establish a permanent forest dynamics research plot of 12 ha at the State Botanical Garden near UGA.
2019 University of Georgia Office of Vice President for Research. $4250 over 12 months. Title: “Catastrophic Wind Disturbance in Natural and Urban Forests”. Co-PI; lead PI: Kamal Gandhi.
2019 University of Western Ontario, subcontract, for $ 33,473 over 12 months. Title: “Ontario Tornado Project – pilot Phase II; supplement”. Sole PI.
Peterson, C.J. 2019. Twenty-five years of aboveground biomass and carbon accumulation following extreme wind damage in an old-growth forest. Forests, 10(2), art289. Doi: 10.3390/fl0030289.
Peterson, C.J., G.H.P.M. Ribeiro, R. Negron-Juarez, D. Marra, J.Q. Chambers, N. Higuchi, A. Lima, and J.B. Cannon. 2019. Critical wind speeds suggest wind could be an important disturbance agent in Amazonian forests. Forestry, 94(2): 444-459. Doi: 10.1093/forestry/cpz025.
Oldfield, C., and C.J. Peterson. 2019. Woody species composition, diversity, and recovery 6 years after wind disturbance and salvage logging of a southern Appalachian forest. Forests, 10(2), 29. Doi: 10.3390/f10020129.
Peterson, C.J. 2019. Damage diversity as a metric of structural complexity after forest wind disturbance. Forests, 10(2), 85 doi: 10.3390/f10020085.
Cannon, J.B., S.K. Henderson, M.H. Bailey, and C.J. Peterson. 2019. Interactions between wind and fire disturbance in forests: competing amplifying and buffering effects. Forest Ecology & Management, 436: 117-128. Doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2019.01.015.
Morimoto, J., K. Nakagawa, K.T. Takano, M. Aiba, M. Oguro, Y. Furukawa, Y. Mishima, K. Ogawa, R. Ito, T. Takemi, F. Nakamura, and C.J. Peterson. 2019. Comparison of vulnerability to storm wind between Abies plantation forests and natural mixed forests in northern Japan. Forestry, 94(4): 436-443. Doi: 10.1093/forestry/cpy045.
Ph.D Plant Community Ecology, Rutgers University 1992
2019 University of Georgia Sandy Beaver Excellence in Teaching Award.