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Dr. Lisa Samuelson is a Professor of Tree Physiology in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University and Director of Center for Longleaf Pine Ecosystems.  She received her B.S. and M.S. in Forestry from the School of Forest Resources at the University of Georgia, and her Ph.D. in Forestry from Virginia Tech.  Her general research interests focus on tree physiological responses to environmental and silvicultural influences.  Her current research projects are examining climate change response and carbon sequestration in southern forests.  Dr. Samuelson has authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications on tree physiology, three dendrology textbooks and the Trees of Alabama web site.  Her hobbies include running, hiking in England and beekeeping.

 

Tom Stokes is a Research Associate in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University and with the Center for Longleaf Pine Ecosystems.  He received his B.S and M.S. in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University.  He has worked for Dr. Samuelson since 1994 when he started as an undergraduate student worker.  His general research focus has been on water and carbon relations in forest trees, environmental and silvicultural influences on physiological responses in southern forests, and physiological mechanisms controlling productivity.  His hobbies include running, hiking, scuba diving and spending time with his family.

 

Michael RamirezMichael Ramirez is a graduate student (MS) in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University and with the Center for Longleaf Pine Ecosystems.  He is investigating drought resilience and whole tree hydraulic responses in longleaf pine to a 40% in throughfall. He received his B.S in Natural Resource Management from the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University. His hobbies include playing the guitar and Jeopardy. 

 

 

Jake Blackstock is a graduate student (MS) in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University and with the Center for Longleaf Pine Ecosystems. His research is investigating potential impacts of climate change through throughfall manipulation on soil respiration in longleaf pine. He received his B.S. in Wildlife Management from the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University.

 

Caren MendoncaCaren Mendonca is a graduate student (MS) in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University and with the Center for Longleaf Pine Ecosystems. She received her B.S. in Forest Engineering from Sao Paulo State University in Brazil. 

 

 

George Matusick is a Research Fellow with The Center for Longleaf Pine Ecosystems.

 

 

Past Graduate Students

Althea ArchMiller (PhD, 2015)
Charles Pell (MS, 2015)
Stan Bartkowiak (MS, 2015)
Lorenzo Ferrari (MS, 2013)
Joe Clark (MS, 2013)
Ben Whitaker (MS, 2010)