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Kurt Johnsen

Kurt Johnsen
Plant Physiologist
Upland Hardwood Ecology and Management
1577 Brevard Road
United States
828-667-5261 x113
Current Research
My current research focuses on physiological research as it can be applied to genetic conservation, forest restoration, forest reponses to climate change, and forest management along with longleaf pine carbon sequestration and restoration, and forest responses to elevated CO2.
Research Interest
Providing presentations and public outreach is also an important part of my research.  This presentation "Longleaf Pine Management in Light of Climate Change" was presented in 2014 at the First Fridays All Climate Change Talks (FFACCTs). To view this presentation please click this link:
  • University of Georgia, Ph.D., Forest Ecophysiology/Genetics, 1990
  • Virginia Tech, M.S., Forest Ecophysiology/Genetics, 1987
  • University of Vermont, B.S., Forestry, 1985
Professional Experience
  • Plant Physiologist, ,  USDA-Forest Service-Southern Research Station (SRS),  1997 - Current
  • Physiological Geneticist,  Canadian Forest Service,  1990 - 1997
Professional Organizations
  • Member,  FAO North American Forest Commission Forest Genetic Resources Working Group,  2010 - Current
Awards & Recognition
  • Distinguished Scientist Award, 2007
    USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, 2007 Director's award.
Featured Publications
Other Publications
Citations of Non-Forest Service Publications
Research Highlights

Quantifying and Managing Carbon Sequestration in Longleaf Pine Ccosystems.

Year: 2014
Forests can offset greenhouse gas emissions by sequestering carbon dioxide in tree biomass, understory vegetation, forest floor litter, detritus, soils and wood products. In partnership with Auburn University and the University of Florida, Forest Service scientists are assessing soil carbon pools an...