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Southern Research Station


Pondberry is an endangered, aromatic shrub that grows on the edges of wetlands and in seasonally flooded hardwood forests in the Coastal Plain. Photo by Hugh and Carol Nourse.

All species have unique and complex relationships with the land. The Southern Research Station explores these relationships and develops tools to maintain healthy, resilient forest ecosystems. We provide basic knowledge on the biology and ecology of southern species. 

Strategies for controlling pests, pathogens, and nonnative invasive plants are among the applications for this work. We develop tools for anticipating and responding to droughts, hurricanes, insect outbreaks, and other threats.


  • Xiongwen Chen, John L. Willis. 2022. Interactions of biosphere and atmosphere within longleaf pine restoration areas
  • Xiongwen Chen, John L. Willis, Kimberly A. Bowman. 2022. Assessing the influence of climate on cone production of longleaf pine forests
  • Xiongwen Chen, Kimberly A. Bowman, John L. Willis. 2023. Critical slowing down in cone production of longleaf pine trees
  • Theodor D. Leininger, Emile S. Gardiner, Brian Roy Lockhart, Nathan M. Schiff, Alphus Dan Wilson, Margaret S. Devall, Paul B. Hamel, Kristina F. Connor. 2021. Intensity and mode of Lindera melissifolia reproduction are affected by flooding and light availability
  • Andrew Hacket‐Pain, Jessie J. Foest, Ian S. Pearse, Jalene M. LaMontagne, Walter D. Koenig, Giorgio Vacchiano, Michał Bogdziewicz, Thomas Caignard, Paulina Celebias, Joep Dormolen, Marcos Fernández‐Martínez, Jose V Moris, Ciprian Palaghianu, Mario Pesendorfer, Akiko Satake, Eliane Schermer, Andrew J. Tanentzap, Peter A. Thomas, Davide Vecchio, Andreas P. Wion, Thomas Wohlgemuth, Tingting Xue, Katharine Abernethy, Marie‐Claire Aravena Acuña, Marcelo Daniel Barrera, Jessica H. Barton, Stan Boutin, Emma R. Bush, Sergio Donoso Calderón, Felipe S. Carevic, Carolina Volkmer Castilho, Juan Manuel Cellini, Colin A. Chapman, Hazel Chapman, Francesco Chianucci, Patricia Costa, Luc Croisé, Andrea Cutini, Ben Dantzer, R. Justin DeRose, Jean‐Thoussaint Dikangadissi, Edmond Dimoto, Fernanda Lopes Fonseca, Leonardo Gallo, Georg Gratzer, David F. Greene, Martín A. Hadad, Alejandro Huertas Herrera, Kathryn J. Jeffery, Jill F. Johnstone, Urs Kalbitzer, Władysław Kantorowicz, Christie A. Klimas, Jonathan G. A. Lageard, Jeffrey Lane, Katharina Lapin, Mateusz Ledwoń, Abigail C. Leeper, Maria Vanessa Lencinas, Ana Cláudia Lira‐Guedes, Michael C. Lordon, Paula Marchelli, Shealyn Marino, Harald Schmidt Van Marle, Andrew G. McAdam, Ludovic R. W. Momont, Manuel Nicolas, Lúcia Helena Oliveira Wadt, Parisa Panahi, Guillermo Martínez Pastur, Thomas Patterson, Pablo Luis Peri, Łukasz Piechnik, Mehdi Pourhashemi, Claudia Espinoza Quezada, Fidel A. Roig, Karen Peña Rojas, Yamina Micaela Rosas, Silvio Schueler, Barbara Seget, Rosina Soler, Michael A. Steele, Mónica Toro‐Manríquez, Caroline E. G. Tutin, Tharcisse Ukizintambara, Lee White, Biplang Yadok, John L. Willis, Anita Zolles, Magdalena Żywiec, Davide Ascoli. 2022. MASTREE+: Time‐series of plant reproductive effort from six continents
  • Mary Anne S. Sayer, Shi-Jean Susana Sung. 2022. Linkage between longleaf pine seedling morphology and grass stage emergence