The Central Hardwood Region is one of the largest forested areas in the country, covering more than 220 million acres, located largely in the Midwest, southern Great Lakes, and western mid-Atlantic region. It comprises a variety of forest ecosystems, most notably upland oak-hickory and oak-pine forests, oak and pine savannas, old-growth hardwood and pine forests, and bottomland hardwood forests along the Ohio, Missouri, and Mississippi Rivers. These ecosystems are habitats for many neotropical migrant birds (songbirds) and the threatened Indiana bat.
Our Research Areas
- Silviculture - Innovative silvicultural methods to produce composition and structure needed for conserving biodiversity and providing habitat, products, and other ecological services to benefit society.
- Wildlife - Land managers, planners, and owners need information on how local and landscape factors affect the demographics and viability of selected wildlife species.
- Landscape - Land managers, planners, and owners need new knowledge and new modeling tools to assess the effects of alternative land management practices and natural disturbances on a range of human and ecological benefits.
Where We Are
The Central Hardwoods Research Work Unit is located on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia and at the Sinkin Experimental Forest on the Mark Twain National Forest. It brings together a multidisciplinary team of natural resource professionals to examine the problems of its region at all levels, from the individual organism and species to the landscape level. These problems fall into three general categories---silviculture, wildlife, and landscape.
- Marschall, Joseph; Stambaugh, Michael; Jones, Benjamin; Guyette, Richard; Brose, Patrick; Dey, Daniel C. 2016. Fire regimes of remnant pitch pine communities in the Ridge and Valley Region of central Pennsylvania, USA. Forests. Forests. 7(10): 224.
- Isabelle, J.L.; Thompson, Frank R.; Dijak, W.D. 2016. Evaluating the potential for ruffed grouse restoration in east-central Missouri by linking habitat suitability and population viability. Science and Management Technical Series. 10. Jefferson City, MO: Missouri Department of Conservation. 20 p.
- Heydari, M.; Rostamy, A.; Najafi, F.; Dey, Daniel C. 2016. Effect of fire severity on physical and biochemical soil properties in Zagros oak (Quercus brantii Lindl.) forests in Iran. Journal of Forestry Research. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11676-016-0299-x. 10 p.
- Wang, Wen J.; He, Hong S.; Thompson, Frank R.; Fraser, Jacob S.; Dijak, William D. 2016. Changes in forest biomass and tree species distribution under climate change in the northeastern United States. Landscape Ecology. 15 p. doi: 10.1007/S10980-016-0429-Z
- Jenkins, Julianna M. A.; Thompson, Frank R.; Faaborg, John 2016. Contrasting patterns of nest survival and postfledging survival in ovenbirds and Acadian flycatchers in Missouri forest fragments. The Condor. 118(3): 583-596.
Last Modified: 03/06/2012