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Susan Fox

Director, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Institute

790 East Beckwith Avenue
Missoula, MT 59801
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Current Research

Estimate the magnitude disturbance impacts to southern forests using andscape and regional scale models. Explore the sensitivity of forests to simulated changes in climatic conditions, land use change, and pest and pathogen interactions. Collaborate with FIA and use monitoring data bases and research findings to evaluate impacts of multiple factors at these two scales. Explore the possible consequences of spatial structure in genetic variability to mediate the transient responses of forest to disturbance factors and rapid climate change in particular. Integrate the interactive effects of carbon dioxide, nutrition, temperature, soil moisture, and other factors to assess their relative importance in governing tree growth and mortality.


  • Albert Ludwigs Universitaet, Freiburg, Germany, Diplom Forstwirtin, Forestry, 1985
  • The University of the South, B.S Forestry, Forestry and liberal arts, 1978
  • Publications

    Lane, Vanessa R.; Cordell, Ken; Zarnoch, Stanley J.; Green, Gary T.; Poudyal, Neelam; Fox, Susan, 2014. The Forest Service Safety Survey: results from an employee-wide safety attitude survey
    Fox, Susan; Jackson, Bill; Jackson, Sarah; Kauffmann, Gary; Koester, Mary Carol; Mera, Robert; Seyden, Terry; Van Sickle, Charles; Chipley, Sealy; Fox, Jim; Hicks, Jeff; Hutchins, Matt; Lichtenstein, Karin; Nolan, Kelsie; Pierce, Todd; Porter, Beth, 2011. Western North Carolina report card on forest sustainability
    Perseid meteor shower viewed from the Cache Creek Wilderness Area. Photo courtesy of Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management Wilderness Specialist
    The Journal of Forestry dedicated an entire issue to wilderness science and the National Wilderness Preservation System under the management of the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Departement of Agriculture Forest Service.
    Screen capture from the video Forest Service Research - Protecting a Rich Legacy
    Forest Service Research - Protecting a Rich Legacy is an eleven-minute video that was featured during the Opening Cermony of the 2014 International Union of Forest Research Organization's World (IUFRO) Congress in Salt Lake City, Utah. The video tells the story of America's long history of forest research and management.
    In 2008, the interagency "Keeping It Wild" wilderness character monitoring strategy was published and the four wilderness managing agencies quickly embraced it. It established a scientifically sound and rigorous approach to developing comprehensive baseline data on the unique characteristics of each wilderness.

    RMRS Science Program Areas: 
    Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute