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Forest Service Researcher in New Hampshire is among World's Most Influential Scientists

David Hollinger, Plant Physiologist, US Forest Service Northern Research Station Durham, NH, January 15, 2016 - David Hollinger, a project leader with the USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research Station and Director of the USDA Northeast Regional Hub for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change, has been named a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher and one of the organization’s “2015 World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.” It is the second consecutive year that Hollinger has been recognized in this way.

Hollinger is one of two USDA Forest Service scientists recognized by Thomson Reuters. Michael Schwartz, a scientist with the Rocky Mountain Research Station and Director of the new National Genomics Center for Wildlife and Fish Conservation, was also named to the 2015 list of Most Influential Scientific Minds.

According to Thomson-Reuters, the 2015 Highly Cited Researchers includes about 3,000 researchers whose published research ranked among the top 1 percent most cited for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact..

“Essentially, your peers have identified your contributions as being among the most valuable and significant in the field of Agricultural Sciences,” said Vin Caraher, President of Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property & Science, in a letter notifying Hollinger of the honor.

In addition to leading the Northeast Climate Hub, Hollinger leads the Northern Research Station’s Climate, Fire, and Carbon Cycle Sciences research work unit. His work centers on research of forest-atmosphere carbon dioxide and water vapor exchange in Howland, Maine, including ecosystem metabolism, forest carbon dioxide exchange, tree canopy structure, and tree physiology.

The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The mission of the Forest Service's Northern Research Station is to improve people’s lives and help sustain the natural resources in the Northeast and Midwest through leading-edge science and effective information delivery.

The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit


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Last modified: January 15, 2016