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Christopher M. Oswalt

Research Forester
Forest Inventory and Analysis
4700 Old Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37922
United States
Current Research

My current research includes the monitoring and assessment of forest resources at multiple geographic and taxonomic scales. Specific research topics include the assessment of growth and removals in the Appalachian Ecoregion, understanding the impact of the Southern pine beetle on pine forests of the South, tracking temporal shifts of forest communities in Tennessee and Kentucky and the role of nonnative invasive plants in the alteration of forested systems. In addition, my responsibilities include:
1) Lead Forest Inventory Analyst for Tennessee and Kentucky
2) Southern Lead for Invasive Species

  • The University of Tennessee, Ph.D., Natural Resources, Silviculture, 2008
  • The University of Tennessee, M.S., Forest Ecology, 2003
  • The University of Tennessee, B.S., (Forest Resource Management, Minor: Statistics, 1999
Featured Publications
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Research Highlights

Cooperation Leads to Continued Research on Tree Range Shifts in the Eastern U.S.

Year: 2014
In an attempt to understand the potential impact of climate change on tree species ranges in the eastern U.S., teams of researchers from the Forest Service's Forest Inventory and Analysis program, Purdue University, and the University of Alabama have advanced tree range shift research by using broad...

FIA One-Click: Automated Annual Factsheets for Every State

Year: 2019
The USDA Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) has developed a series of One-Click Factsheets that summarize state-level estimates of forest land for each state. The factsheets are automated, so FIA will be able to swiftly update nationally consistent information for every state. For more than 70 year...

Nonnative Invasive Insects and Diseases Decreasing Carbon Stored in U.S. Forests

Year: 2019
Photosynthesis feeds trees and has a significant benefit for people, too, namely the removal of carbon from the atmosphere and into live tree biomass through a process called “sequestration.” But USDA Forest Service scientists and a colleague found that increased tree mortality from the impacts of n...