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Chris J. Peterson

Professor
Plant Biology
Lab:
Miller Plant Sciences, Rm 2606
Lab Phone:
706-542-3869
Office:
Miller Plant Sciences, Rm 2615
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Research Areas:
Research Interests:

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.

Grants:
  • 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.

Selected Publications:

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.

Education:

Ph.D Plant Community Ecology, Rutgers University 1992

Of note:

2019    University of Georgia Sandy Beaver Excellence in Teaching Award.

Articles Featuring Chris J. Peterson

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 1:52pm

The compound effects of wind and salvage logging change forest trajectories

Callie A. Oldfield and Chris J. Peterson

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