Our Mission

The mission of the Auburn University Center for Longleaf Pine Ecosystems (CLPE) is to conduct research to address knowledge gaps in the restoration, conservation and management of longleaf pine ecosystems which provide a variety of ecological, social and economic services for the people of Alabama and the Southeast.


Recent Research Projects

Assessing the role of density management in increasing drought resilience of longleaf pine

Developing tools for ecological forestry and carbon management of longleaf pine

Genetic variation in adaptive traits of longleaf pine

Relationships between understory biomass and prescribed fire in longleaf pine forests

Integrating research, education and extension for enhancing southern pine climate change mitigation and adaptation

Physiological investigation of shade tolerance in longleaf pine

Threats to biodiversity in The Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge