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Grant T. Kirker

Grant T. Kirker
Research Forest Products Technologist
Durability and Wood Protection Research
One Gifford pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726
United States
Research Interest
  • Microbial Community Dynamics of Wood Decay
  • Microbial Degradation of Wood Preservatives
  • Termite-Fungal Interactions
  • Naturally Durable Wood Species
  • Mississippi State University, MS, Ph.D., Forest Products, 2008
  • Mississippi State University, MS, M.S., Entomology (minor=Plant Pathology), 2004
  • Mississippi State University, MS, B.S., Agricultural Pest Management, 2001
Professional Organizations
  • Chair Of Subcommittee D07.06,  ASTM International,  2015 - Current
  • Chair Of Committee P6 (Methods For The Evaluation Of Wood Preservatives),  American Wood Protection Association,  2014 - Current
  • Member,  Entomological Society of America,  Current
  • Member,  Forest Products Society (FPS),  Current
  • Member,  Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST),  Current
  • Member,  International Research Group on Wood Protection,  Current
Other Publications
Research Highlights

Effective utilization of naturally durable wood biomass offers an overlooked source of potential wood protectants

Year: 2017
Forest Service researchers at the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisc., are evaluating extractives as potential next-generation wood preservatives. This bio-rational approach offers environmentally friendly alternatives to wood preservatives and provides a utilization platform for underutili...

Examination of Historic National Park System Ship Eureka

Year: 2018
Researchers collaborated with the National Park Service (NPS) to examine a historic ship preserved at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

Investigating the Role of Moisture in Durability of Acetylated Wood

Year: 2020
FPL researchers join international effort to investigate fungal decay resistance of acetylated wood.

Natural Wood Durability Studied to Estimate Wood's Performance

Year: 2012
Naturally occurring chemicals in some wood species make them more durable against deterioration

Going Big with Mass Timber Protection

Year: 2019
USDA Forest Service researchers are leading efforts to better understand mass timber as a next generation building material and provide safe effective protection strategies to ensure public safety and responsible forest stewardship.

Guide for Selection and Use of Pressure-Treated Wood

Year: 2020
This report describes and provides guidance for selection and use of pressure-treated wood for specific applications.

Role of leaf litter in above ground wood decay

Year: 2020
FPL researchers in Wood Durability and Protection investigate the contributions of leaf litter accumulation to the decay of wood in above ground exposure.