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Meet the Forestry Faculty

Stephen Shifley

Stephen R. Shifley, Ph.D.


Associate Cooperative Professor
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service

Education

  • Ph.D. 1990, University of Minnesota

Research

  • Quantitative analysis of forest growth, structure and composition.

Research Summary

  • Shifley's research interests include mathematical modeling and computer simulation of tree and stand dynamics; structure and composition of old-growth hardwood forests in the Midwest; and modeling impacts of disturbance on forest landscapes. He is currently directing a regional analysis of structural and compositional characteristics of remnant old-growth forests in Missouri, Illinois and Iowa. He is also co-directing development of a landscape model simulating the effects of disturbance (natural and anthropogenic) on ecosystem characteristics. Past research has concentrated on development of individual-tree-based models of tree growth and survival and on stand-level models to forecast forest in-growth.