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Stephen R. Shifley

Stephen R. Shifley
Emeritus Research Forester
Sustainable Management of Central Hardwood Ecosystems and Landscapes
202 Natural Resources Bldg., University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO 65211-7260
United States
573-875-5341 x232
Current Research
I am working with a team of scientists to forecast long-term, large-scale changes in Midwestern forest landscapes that result from natural disturbances and from alternative harvesting practices. I am using information on regional, national, and global patterns of wood consumption, forest growth, and timber harvest to identify issues related to sustainable forest management. I am working to understand factors associated with oak mortality and on methods to minimize its impact.
Research Interest
I will continue to work on issues related to forest sustainability and landscape-scale, cumulative impacts of forest management decisions. In the coming years I will place more emphasis on fire effects (wildfire and prescribed fire) and bio-energy production as it relates to theses issues.
Why This Research Is Important
Forecasting landscape change with simulation models is an essential quantitative tool for understanding the large-scale, long-term, cumulative effects of forest management. This knowledge is required for management of National Forests and equally crucial for understanding the combined effect of seemingly independent management decisions by thousands of private forestland owners on a single landscape. It is important to consider the effects of consumption of wood products on forest resources at home and abroad. In the U.S. we often transfer impacts of harvesting and consumption elsewhere and fail to consider the broader implications for forest sustainability.
  • Purdue University, B.S., Forestry, 1976
  • Purdue University, M.S., Forestry, 1978
  • University of Minnesota, Ph.D., Forestry, 1990
Professional Organizations
  • Society of American Foresters (SAF),  Current
  • Conservation Federation of Missouri,  Current
  • Society for Conservation Biology, Missouri,  Current
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