Scientists & Staff

Ralph Crawford

Assistant Director for Research
11 Campus Blvd. Suite 20
Newtown Square, PA, 19073
Phone: 610-557-4084

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Current Research

I currently provide leadership for research efforts on the Forest Service 93 million acres of rangeland and grasslands. As the national program leader for rangeland ecology research, I am responsible for developing research policies, strategies, standards, and guidance to provide continuity of Forest Service influence in the national and international science communities. I provide research program leadership through program reviews, program development, and coordination with other deputy areas of the Forest Service and other agencies. These scientific products have broad application to public, state, private and international rangelands and grasslands.

Additional duties include the providing of national leadership for weed research in the Invasive Species Strategic Program Area and our 80 Experimental Forests and Ranges and the 500 Research Natural Areas establishment and disestablishment records.

Past Research

As a scientist in the Pacific Northwest Research Station, I focused on the above and belowground microbial community associations of plants and coarse woody debris materials.

As a scientist in the Northern Research Station, I focused on the foliar fungal endophytes of Acers spp.

Education

  • Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama, Ph.D. Plant And Soil Science Belowground Ecosystem Dynamics of Microbial Communities of Southwest Oregon Forest, 1995
  • Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia, M.S. Biology/Plant Pathology Foliar Endophytic Communities of Central Oregon Shrubs, 1983
  • Voorhees College, Denmark, South Carolina, B.S. Biology Biology, 1979

Professional Experience

  • National Program Leader for Rangeland Ecology Research, USDA Forest Service, Research and Development, Washington, DC 2003 - Current
  • USDA Agricultural Liaison Officer, Delaware State University, Dover Delaware, Delaware State University 1998 - 2003
  • Research Plant Pathologist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Hamden, Connecticut 1996 - 1998
  • Research Plant Pathologist, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Corvallis, Oregon 1993 - 1996
  • Plant Pathologist, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Corvallis, Oregon 1984 - 1993
  • Biology Instructor, Clark College 1981 - 1984

Professional Organizations

  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society (2012 - Current)
  • Urban League Black Executive Exchange Program (2006 - Current)
    Federal Employee Academic Service
    Lecture at HBCUs yearly
  • Ecological Society of America (2003 - Current)
    Vegetation Panel
  • Society For Range Management (2003 - Current)

Awards & Recognition

  • Federal Geographic Data Committee Letter of Commendation, 2008 Provided leadership for establishing the FGDC National Vegetation Classification Standard
  • Chief's Honor Awards, 2017 Chief's Honor Awards 2017: Honorable Mention — New York Southern Pine Beetle Management Team
  • R9 Healthy Forest and Grassland Award, 2017 Recognition of the New York Southern Pine Beetle Management Team and rapid mitigation of SPB expansion into northeastern forests including wildland urban interface areas
  • Obie Patterson Award , 1995 Dedication, contribution and professionalism in representing African-American males in the U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Multicultural Award USDA Forest Service, 1993 Presented in recognition of outstanding contributions toward achieving a diverse workforce.
  • Federal Geographic Data Committee Letter of Commendation, 2008 Provided leadership for establishing the FGDC National Vegetation Classification Standard
  • Obie Patterson Award , 1995 Dedication, contribution and professionalism in representing African-American males in the U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Multicultural Award USDA Forest Service, 1993 Presented in recognition of outstanding contributions toward achieving a diverse workforce.

Featured Publications & Products

Publications & Products

  • Hayes, D.C.; Stout, S.L.; Crawford, R.H.; Hoover, A.P. 2014. Editors' foreword. In: Hayes, D.C.; Stout, S.L.; Crawford, R.H.; Hoover, A.P., eds. USDA Forest Service experimental forests and ranges research for the long term. New York, NY: Springer: vi-ix.
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