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Mary Beth Adams

Ecology and Management of Invasive Species and Forest Ecosystems
E-mail: Contact Mary Beth Adams
Research Soil Scientist
P.O. Box 404
Parsons, WV 26287
Phone: 304-478-2000 x130


Current Research

  • Much of my current research deals with nutrient cycling in forest ecosystems as affected by different management and disturbance regimes. I conduct long-term experiments and particularly enjoy working collaboratively particularly in cross-site studies, with other scientists in the Forest Service, and scientists at universities and other agencies.
  • I am part of the Fernow Watershed Acidification Study, which is using ammonium sulfate fertilizer to look at acidification of an entire forested watershed; This long term experiment, in its  25th year is a National Science Foundation LTREB (long-Term Research in Environmental Biology) site and has fostered many graduate and undergraduate research projects.
  • I am also looking at evaluating the role of soil nutrients in sustaining the long-term productivity and diversity of Appalachian hardwood forests. This latter study is affiliated with the international Long Term Soil Productivity Study.
  • I am a strong supporter of Experimental Forests and Ranges, and spent a significant amount of time in managing the Fernow Experimental Forest, as well as representing the NRS on the Experimental Forests and Ranges chartered working group.

Research Interests

  • I conduct long-term experiments and particularly enjoy working collaboratively particularly in cross-site studies, with other scientists in the Forest Service, and scientists at universities and other agencies.
  • I am interested in developing management recommendations for ecosystem restoration and/or rehabilitation. The high elevation red spruce ecosystem in the Appalachians is one of the most endangered ecosystems in the U.S.; I started my research career with the Forest Service in red spruce work, and continue to particpate in research projects in this endangered ecosystem. 
  • The effects of air pollutants on forest resources is a continuing research area, including evaluation of alternatives/opportunities for restoration.
  • I am also interested in evaluating the effects of energy development on natural resources

Why This Research is Important

Long-term research is a hallmark of Forest Service research. It is important for us to understand that the trends we are observing are due to various management treatments or other causal factors, and not just due to annual variability in rainfall and temperature. My research will help us better manage our forests sustainably for many years

Education

  • North Carolina State University, Ph.D. Soil Science and Forestry,
  • Purdue University, M.S. Forestry,
  • Forestry Purdue University, B.S. ,

Professional Organizations

  • Soil Science Society of America
  • Society of American Foresters
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Association for Women in Science
  • West Virginia Association of Professional Soil Scientists

Featured Publications & Products

Publications & Products

National Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


NRS-2012-25
Guidelines for Forest Biomass Utilization

Online resource offers environmentally and economically sound biomass utilization in the Appalachian Mountains

2012


NRS-2013-056
Ozone and Climate Change Interact to Affect Streamflow

Climate change is affecting the Nation's forests, but not in isolation. Tropospheric ozone has long been known to affect the health of individua ...

2013


NRS-2013-084
Writing Appalachian Ecology: Essays and Outreach

In the summer of 2012 and 2013, students from West Virginia University's English Department, along with their instructors, participated in an un ...

2013


Last updated on : 10/02/2014