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My research is focused on estimating and managing forest carbon at the stand and landscape scales. Carbon in forests is important for many reasons, including climate mitigation and soil productivity. Managing forests to maintain and enhance carbon stocks is compatible with other important forest management objectives, and I work to understand the carbon consequences of common management practices and the tradeoffs between managing for carbon and other objectives. I am also involved in outreach and training, teaching forest carbon estimation techniques to a variety of audiences.
Forest carbon stocks, especially those in the soil, do not respond uniformly to management actions. I am interested in understanding and identifying the major factors driving the response, so that we can better assess what forest characteristics indicate the greatest potential for additonal carbon storage. I am also interested in developing ways to estimate forest carbon stocks that are operationally feasible at the landscape scale.
Why This Research is Important
My research is very applied and is focused on helping landowners and managers estimate their forest carbon stocks and understand how management affects those stocks, so that they can add forest carbon to their list of management objectives. I use a variety of approaches - experiments to develop knowldege, tool development (such as the carbon reports in the Fire and Fuels Extension of the Forest Vegetation Simulator), and technology transfer (training sessions) to meet those objectives. Lack of forest inventory data and the expense of collecting such data are a major barrier for managers who want to include carbon sequestration in their management plans; current research on the feasibility of landscape scale carbon assessment using Lidar data and streamlined inventory has the potential to remove this obstacle.
- University of Georgia, Institute of Ecology, Ph.D. Soil Ecology, 1996
- University of Pittsburgh, B.S. Biology, 1991
- Research Ecologist, Northern Research Station
2003 - Current
Studies of biomass, soil and forest floor carbon stocks in managed and unmanaged forested lands; assessment of management impacts on soil carbon dynamics and aboveground carbon storage; simulation of effects of management strategies on carbon stocks. Technology transfer, decision support, and outreach related to forest carbon estimation and management.
- Research Soil Scientist, Northeastern Research Station
1999 - 2003
- Society Of American Foresters, Full Member (2011 - Current)
- American Geophysical Union, Full Member (2001 - Current)
- Ecological Society of America, Full Member (1992 - Current)
- Phi Beta Kappa, Member (1991 - Current)
Awards & Recognition
- USDA Certificate of Merit, 2008
Awarded for producing and editing the book "Field Measurements for Forest Carbon Monitoring: A Landscape-Scale Approach"
- USDA Certificate of Merit, 2008
Awarded to the Carbon Tools Development Group, winner of the 2008 Excellence in Technology Transfer Award for the Northern Research Station
- USDA Forest Service Certificate of Appreciation, 2000
Awarded for outstanding collaboration with the Department of Defense on forest carbon sequestration
Featured Publications & Products
- Hoover, Coeli M.; Leak, William B.; Keel, Brian G. 2012. Benchmark carbon stocks from old-growth forests in northern New England, USA.
- Hoover, Coeli M.; Rebain, Stephanie A. 2011. Forest carbon estimation using the Forest Vegetation Simulator: Seven things you need to know.
- Hoover, Coeli M. 2011. Management impacts on forest floor and soil organic carbon in northern temperate forests of the US.
- Hoover, Coeli; Heath, Linda S. 2011. Potential gains in storage on productive forestlands in the northeastern United Sates through stocking management.
- Hoover, Coeli. 2011. Assessing seven decades of carbon accumulation in two U.S. northern hardwood forests.
Publications & Products
- Smith, James E.; Heath, Linda S.; Hoover, Coeli M. 2013. Carbon factors and models for forest carbon estimates for the 2005-2011 National Greenhouse Gas Inventories of the United States.
- Cole, Jason A.; Johnson, Kristopher D.; Birdsey, Richard A.; Pan, Yude; Wayson, Craig A.; McCullough, Kevin; Hoover, Coeli M.; Hollinger, David Y.; Bradford, John B.; Ryan, Michael G.; Kolka, Randall K.; Wieshampel, Peter; Clark, Kenneth L.; Skowronski, Nicholas S.; Hom, John; Ollinger, Scott V.; McNulty, Steven G.; Gavazzi, Michael J. 2013. Database for landscape-scale carbon monitoring sites.
- Hoover, Coeli M.; Smith, James E. 2012. Site productivity and forest carbon stocks in the United States: Analysis and implications for forest offset project planning.
- Hoover, Coeli M. 2011. Measurement, monitoring, and verification: make it work!.
- Iverson, Louis; Prasad, Anantha; Matthews, Stephen; Peters, Matthew; Hoover, Ceoli. 2010. Potential changes in habitat suitability under climate change: lessons learned from 15 years of species modelling.
- Hoover, Coeli. 2008. Preface.
- Hoover, Coeli; Rebain, Stephanie. 2008. The Kane Experimental Forest carbon inventory: Carbon reporting with FVS.
- Hoover, Coeli; Stout, Susan. 2007. The carbon consequences of thinning techniques: stand structure makes a difference.
- Stout, Susan L.; Hoover, Coeli M.; Ristau, Todd E. 2006. Listening to old beech and young cherry trees - long-term research in the Alleghenies.
- Hoover, Coeli M. 2005. Carbon Storage in Northeastern US Forest Soils.
- Birdsey, R.; Hollinger, D.; Heath, L.; Hoover, C.; Kolka, R.; Smith, M. L.; Ryan, M. 2003. Pilot Studies for Enhanced Forest Land Measurement.
- Hoover, Coeli M. 2003. Soil carbon sequestration and forest management: challenges and opportunities.
- Hoover, C.M.; Magrini, K.A.; Evans, R.J. 2002. Soil carbon content and character in an old-growth forest in northwestern Pennsylvania: a case study introducing pyrolysis molecular beam mass spectrometry (py-MBMS).
- Magrini, K.A.; Evans, R.J.; Hoover, C.M.; Elam, C.C.; Davis, M.F. 2002. Use of pyrolysis molecular beam mass spectrometry (py-MBMS) to characterize forest soil carbon: method and preliminary results.
- Conkling, Barbara L.; Hoover, Coeli M.; Smith, William D.; Palmer, Craig J. 2002. Using forest health monitoring data to integrate above and below ground carbon information.
- Hoover, Coeli M.; Birdsey, Richard A.; Heath, Linda S.; Stout, Susan L. 2000. How to estimate carbon sequestration on small forest tracts estimate carbon sequestration on small forest tracts.