Research Opportunities

Eastern Threat Center scientists participate in many research projects that collectively address a range of forest threat issues. To inquire about student or volunteer opportunities at Center offices located in Asheville, Raleigh, or Research Triangle Park, NC, please contact the scientists listed with the projects below. To learn about other job opportunities with the USDA Forest Service, please visit USA Jobs.

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Asheville Office (Eastern Threat Center headquarters)

200 W.T. Weaver Blvd.
Asheville, NC 28804
(828) 257-4832
fax: (828) 257-4894

CRAFT: Comparative Risk Assessment Framework and Tools - contact: Steve Norman

Determining sensitivity of eastern U.S. fire regimes to climate change - contact: Steve Norman

10.7.11 028_edited-1.jpgEffects of urban climate on land surface phenology - contact: Bill Hargrove

Fire and fuel management in coast redwood - contact: Steve Norman

Improving fire modeling tools for the eastern United States - contact: Steve Norman

Invasive species prefer certain habitats  - contact: Qinfeng Guo 

National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy - contact: Danny C. Lee

Plant traits can often determine invasives potential - contact: Qinfeng Guo

Technology development to support a national early warning system for environmental threats - contact: Bill Hargrove

Raleigh Office

920 Main Campus Drive
Venture Center II, Suite 300
Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 513-2974
fax: (919) 513-2978

Assessment of disturbance impacts on U.S. forest carbon sequestration
 - contact: Steve McNulty

Climate, population, and vegetation cover change impacts on water supply and demand, carbon sequestration, and biodiversity across the conterminous U.S. - contact: Ge Sun

Anna Barnes_panel 3_center_edited-1.jpgCoupling the effects of management and climate on carbon and water fluxes in the forests of the eastern U.S. and the Peoples Republic of China - contact: Asko Noormets

Earth System Modeling Project - contact: Ge Sun

Evaluating the effectiveness of streamside management zones and stream crossings BMPs on water quality protection in the North Carolina piedmont forested watersheds - contact: Johnny Boggs  

Influence of nitrogen deposition on Southern Appalachian deciduous forests - contact: Johnny Boggs

International collaboration research with China: the U.S.-China Carbon Consortium - contact: Ge Sun

Systematic assessment of coarse scale, national level and fine scale, special interest area critical load assessments - contact: Steve McNulty 

Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO) - contact: Steve McNulty

Understanding soil and watershed hydrology - contact: Johnny Boggs


Research Triangle Park Office

3041 E. Cornwallis Rd.
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
(919) 549-4014
fax: (919) 549-4047

kurt and frank_map_2011.JPGAssessing forest tree risk of extinction and genetic degradation from climate change - contact: Kevin Potter

Characterizing and quantifying uncertainty in forest pest risk analyses - contact Frank Koch

Forest health monitoring, analysis, and assessment - contact: Kurt Riitters

Forest tree genetic risk assessment system: a tool for conservation decision-making in changing times - contact: Kevin Potter

Integrating landscape ecology, genetics, and conservation biology in the assessment of forest health - contact: Kevin Potter

National-scale risk mapping and modeling for invasive forest pests - contact: Frank Koch

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