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Scott A. Pugh

Forester
410 MacInnes Drive
Houghton, MI, 49931-1199
Phone: 906-482-6303 x17

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Current Research

I am investigating forest health issues including the effects of pests such as emerald ash borer and changes in forest habitat quantity and quality for wildlife of concern such as the Kirtland's Warbler and the Golden-winged Warbler. Much of this research is focused at the state through regional scale combining large scale geographic data sets with plot data from the Forest Inventory and Analysis program (FIA). I am working on enhancements for reporting estimates, measures of precision, and comparisons among estimates from FIA data. I am the FIA analyst responsible for monitoring the status and trends of Michigan's forests. I am also part of a team that provides development, training, and support for FIA and Resource Planning Act data and data mining tools.

Research Interests

• Forest health

• Biometrics

• Geographic information systems, image processing, and remote sensing

• Software development

• Database quality control and assurance

Why This Research is Important

Monitoring the status and trends of forest resources and disseminating this knowledge to the public is in everyone's best interest. The benefits provided by forests are far reaching and vary with the ever changing forest conditions.

Professional Organizations

  • Society Of American Foresters (1996 - Current)
  • American Society For Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing (1994 - 2000)

Featured Publications & Products

  • Pugh, Scott A.; Heym, Douglas C.; Butler, Brett J.; Haugen, David E.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; McWilliams, William H.; Miles, Patrick D.; Morin, Randall S.; Nelson, Mark D.; Riemann, Rachel I.; Smith, James E.; Westfall, James A.; Woodall, Christopher W. 2017. Michigan forests 2014. Resour. Bull. NRS-110. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 154 p.
  • Gormanson, Dale D.; Pugh, Scott A.; Barnett, Charles J.; Miles, Patrick D.; Morin, Randall S.; Sowers, Paul A.; Westfall, Jim. 2017. Statistics and quality assurance for the Northern Research Station Forest Inventory and Analysis Program, 2016. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-166. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 23 p.
  • Pugh, Scott A.; Pedersen, Lawrence D.; Heym, Douglas C.; Piva, Ronald J.; Woodall, Christopher W.; Barnett, Charles J.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Moser, W. Keith. 2012. Michigan's Forests 2009. Resour. Bull. NRS-66. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 68 p. [DVD included].
  • Pugh, Scott A.; Hansen, Mark H.; Pedersen, Lawrence D.; Heym, Douglas C.; Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Meneguzzo, Dacia; Perry, Charles H.; Haugen, David E.; Woodall, Christopher; Jepsen, Ed. 2009. Michigan's forests 2004. Resour. Bull. NRS-34. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 210 p.
  • Pugh, Scott A. 2012. Site productivity - current estimates, change, and possible enhancements for the Northern Research Station. In: Morin, Randall S.; Liknes, Greg C., comps. Moving from status to trends: Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) symposium 2012; 2012 December 4-6; Baltimore, MD. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-105. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. [CD-ROM]: 123-128.
  • Pugh, Scott A.; Morin, Randall S.; Johnson, Barbara A. 2015. Implementing dashboards as a business intelligence tool in the forest inventory and analysis program. In: Stanton, Sharon M.; Christensen, Glenn A., comps. 2015. Pushing boundaries: new directions in inventory techniques and applications: Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) symposium 2015. 2015 December 8-10; Portland, Oregon. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-931. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 317-320.

Publications & Products

Last modified: Monday, July 01, 2013