Tree Research

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David S Buckley
Forest ecology and silviculture

Jennifer Anne Franklin
Associate Professor
Tree physiology

Susan Lynne (Sue) Hamilton
Director and Associate Professor

David P. Harper
Associate Professor
Forest products

David W. Lockwood
Tree fruits and nuts

David Chester Mercker
Extension Specialist II
Extension forestry



Partnership between UT Institute of Agriculture and National University of Ireland Galway addresses Common Concerns Plaguing both Countries, 8/23/2019

Commendations Corner - July 2019, 7/9/2019

White Oak on the UTIA Indian Mound Listed as an Historic Tree, 10/15/2018

UTIA Research Presence Expands in Belize, 7/5/2018

AgResearch Faculty and Staff Presented with Awards at 2017 UTIA Luncheon, 11/8/2017

Promotion and Tenure 2017, 10/16/2017

5 Things You Should Know about the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 8/9/2017

Faculty 360 | Avat Shekoofa, 4/10/2017

Fire at the Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center, 1/11/2017

Taking a Next Step Toward a Biobased Economy, 11/7/2016


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Beetle Tents 
Hemlock trees in the Smoky Mountains are threatened by a tiny, deadly pest. Researchers with UT AgResearch are using a predatory beetle to feast on these harmful insects.

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Forestry Audit 
Tennessee's forests grow some of the best timber in the country. UT Extension researchers say when landowners properly manage their forests, there's a real environmental and economic benefit.

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Forest Research 
UT's Institute of Agriculture has research projects statewide to help landowners better manage their timber.


Recent Publications

Hardwood Retention Tree Mortality in Burned and Unburned Areas Managed Using the Irregular Shelterwood Method.  Clabo, D. C, and W. K. Clatterbuck.  2020.  Proceedings, 20th Biennial Southern Silviculture Research Conference, Shreveport, LA, March 12-14, 2019. eGen Tech. Rep. SRS-XXX Asheville, NC: USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station. p. xxx-xxx.

Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal) chytridiomycosis it’s not just for salamanders!.  Towe, A., M. Gray, E. D. Carter, K. Ash, M. Bohanon, B. Bajo, and D. L. Miller.  2020.  9th World Congress of Herpetology, Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Abstract]

East TN Trees Likely to Recover from Floods, but Could Be Less Vibrant Come Spring.  Clatterbuck, W. K.  2019.  Extension News That You Can Use.

Determining Which Trees To Cut or Leave; Using Logging Debris or Logs To Build Water Bars; Species-Site Relationships When Favoring or Discouraging Trees.  Clatterbuck, W. K.  2019.  FWF Extension Updates.

Influence of Microtopography and Soil Treatments on Tree Establishment on a Reclaimed Quarry Franklin, J. A., and D. S. Buckley.  2019.  Forests, 10(7), 597; [Abstract]

Tree Response to Soil Treatments on Quarry Overburden.  Franklin, J. A., and D. S. Buckley.  2019.  Proceedings of the National Meeting of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation, Big Sky, MT., June 3–7, 2019. [Abstract]

Characterizing spray penetration of a novel sprayer into Malus domestica ‘Golden Delicious’ apple trees at a commercial orchard.  Fulcher, A., D. W. Lockwood, W. C. Wright, L. Fessler, W. Yeary, M. Burnett, H. Zhu, X. Sun, G. M. Pietsch, and J. McHugh.  2019.  HortScience, 54(9):S337-338.

Tennessee Consumer Willingness to Pay for Disposable Dinnerware Molded from Wheat Straw.  Gill, MacKenzie, K. L. Jensen, D. M. Lambert, S. Upendram, B. C. English, N. Labbé, S. jackson, and R. J. Menard.  2019.  Journal of Food Distribution Research. [Abstract]

Controlling weedy perennials, shrubs and trees on slopes and near wetlands.  Gregg, D., A. L. Ludwig, and W. E. Klingeman.  2019.  TN Greentimes, 20(4): 14-18.

Using national forest inventory data to model changes in tree species diversity in the southern United States Hartsell, A., T. Brandeis, D. G. Hodges, N. C. Poudyal, and J. M. Zobel.  2019.  Presented at: A Century of National Forest Inventories – Informing Past, Present and Future Decision.

Vis-NIR spectroscopy for wood quality traceability in combination with chemometric methods for wood density prediction and origin/species identification Li Y., B. K. Via, T. M. Young, Q. Cheng, and Y. Li.  2019.  Forests, 10:1078. [Abstract]

Bringing Clarity to Rotation, Diameter, and Hardwood Maturity.  Mercker, D. C.  2019.  National Woodlands, Vol. 42, No. 2. [Abstract]