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.
- Semlitsch, R.D.; O'Donnell, K.M.; Thompson, F.R. 2014. Abundance, biomass production, nutrient content, and the possible role of terrestrial salamanders in Missouri Ozark forest ecosystems. Canadian Journal of Zoology. 92: 997-1004.
- Hanberry, Brice B.; Jones-Farrand, D. Todd; Kabrick, John M. 2014. Historical open forest ecosystems in the Missouri Ozarks: reconstruction and restoration targets. Ecological Restoration. 32(4): 407-416.
- Vickers, Lance A.; Larsen, David R.; Knapp, Benjamin O.; Kabrick, John M.; Dey, Daniel C. 2014. The impact of overstory density on sapling height growth in the Missouri Ozarks: implications for interspecific differentiation during canopy recruitment. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 44(11): 1320-1330.
- Peak, Rebecca G.; Thompson, Frank R., III 2014. Seasonal productivity and nest survival of Golden-cheeked Warblers vary with forest type and edge density. The Condor. 116(4): 546-559.
- Guyette, Richard P.; Thompson, Frank R.; Whittier, Jodi; Stambaugh, Michael C.; Dey, Daniel C. 2014. Future fire probability modeling with climate change data and physical chemistry. Forest Science. 60(5): 862-870.
Last Modified: 03/06/2012