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.
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- Stambaugh, Michael C.; Guyette, Richard P.; Marschall, Joseph M.; Dey, Daniel C. 2016. Scale Dependence of Oak Woodland Historical Fire Intervals: Contrasting the Barrens of Tennessee and Cross Timbers of Oklahoma, USA. Fire Ecology. 12(2): 65-84.
- Lee, Christopher A.; Dey, Daniel C.; Muzika, Rose-Marie 2016. Oak stump-sprout vigor and Armillaria infection after clearcutting in southeastern Missouri, USA. Forest Ecology and Management. 374: 211-219.
- Iverson, Louis R.; Thompson, Frank R.; Matthews, Stephen; Peters, Matthew; Prasad, Anantha; Dijak, William D.; Fraser, Jacob; Wang, Wen J.; Hanberry, Brice; He, Hong; Janowiak, Maria; Butler, Patricia; Brandt, Leslie; Swanston, Chris 2016. Multi-model comparison on the effects of climate change on tree species in the eastern U.S.: results from an enhanced niche model and process-based ecosystem and landscape models. Landscape Ecology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10980-016-0404-8. [20 p.].
- Reidy, Jennifer L.; Thompson, Frank R.; Amundson, Courtney; O'Donnell, Lisa 2016. Landscape and local effects on occupancy and densities of an endangered wood-warbler in an urbanizing landscape. Landscape Ecology. 31(2): 365-382.
Last Modified: 03/06/2012