Scientists & Staff
Current ResearchI work on developing and implementing methods for managing, publishing, and preserving the diverse array of research data generated by Forest Service Research & Development. This includes how to document research data so it is usable by the originating research team, particularly for long-term research that spans the careers of multiple scientists, and by others.
Implementation of this research happens in my role as national program manager for Research Data Services, which includes operating the Forest Service Research Data Archive (https://www.fs.usda.gov/rds/archive).
Why This Research is ImportantThe data generated by scientists, when properly documented and published, can have usefulness far beyond the original purpose behind its collection. Re-analysis using newer statistical methods and combination of data sets across studies can yield new insights not accessible to the original science team. Data are also very useful for modeling systems -- models which are often better suited to informing land management than the research articles associated with the data. Relative to the cost of acquiring and quality assuring the data, the investment in publishing the data is small but generates a substantial benefit for science and society.
Featured Publications & Products
- Rugg, David J. 2004. Creating FGDC and NBII metadata with Metavist 2005.. Gen. Tech. Rep. NC-255. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Research Station. 30 p.
- Ribic, Christine A.; Donner, Deahn M.; Beck, Albert J.; Rugg, David J.; Reinecke, Sue; Eklund, Dan. 2017. Beaver colony density trends on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, 1987-2013. PLOS ONE. 12(1): e0170099-.
- Ribic, Christine A.; Rugg, David J.; Donner, Deahn M.; Beck, Albert J.; Byers, BJ. 2016. The Moquah Barrens Research Natural Area: Loss of a pine barrens ecosystem. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-161. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 25 p.
- Rugg, David J. 2003. TableSim--A program for analysis of small-sample categorical data.. Gen. Tech. Rep. NC-232. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Research Station. 27 p.
- Ostry, M.E.; Anderson, N.A.; Rugg, D.J.; Ward, K.T. 2004. Long-term response of precommercially thinned aspen clones to Hypoxylon canker.. Res. Pap. NC-341. St. Paul, MN, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Research Station. 12 p.
- Juzwik, J.; Rugg, D. J. 1996. Seedling mortality and development of root rot in white pine seedlings in two bare-root nurseries. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology 18:335-341
- Buech, Richard R.; Rugg, David J. 1995. Biomass relations for components of five Minnesota shrubs.. Research Paper NC-325. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station
Publications & Products
- Brown, Donald J.; Nelson, Mark D.; Rugg, David J.; Buech, Richard R.; Donner, Deahn M. 2016. Spatial and temporal habitat-use patterns of wood turtles at the western edge of their distribution. Journal of Herpetology. 50(3): 347-356.
- Buech, Richard R.; Rugg, David J. 1995. Biomass of food available to beavers on five Minnesota shrubs.. Research Paper NC-326. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station
- Probst, John R.; Rakstad, Don R.; Rugg, David J. 1992. Breeding bird communities in regenerating and mature broadleaf forests in the USA Lake States. Forest Ecology and Management, 49 (1992) 43-60
National Research Highlights
Efforts to better understand habitat use patterns of the wood turtle at the western edge of their range is important for range-wide conservation. Forest Service scientists analyzed radio telemetry data from northeast Minnesota to assess habitat associations and space-use patterns and found wood turtles generally remained within 100 meters of flowing water, but they appeared to prefer other aquatic and semi-aquatic habitats when not adjacent to flowing water.