Global map of ForestGEO plots. Image courtesy Dr. Daniel Johnson

Speaker: Dr. Daniel J. Johnson

Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources and Conservations, University of Florida

Thursday, October 1, 2020

2:50-3:50 PM (Period 8)

Zoom, livestreamed on YouTube

University of Florida

All are welcome to attend.

I will explore the origins, outcomes, and future for the ForestGEO plot network. If ForestGEO was a researcher then it would have an h-Index of 259 and over 265,000 citations according to Google Scholar. The ForestGEO network is managed by the Smithsonian Institution but inclusion in the network is based on investigators following the pre-defined methodology. I will speak on some of the major themes and discoveries that have emerged from this rather unique methodology and bottom-up research network. I will also introduce the newest plot in the network that is located at the UF managed Ordway-Swisher Biological Station. Finally, I will discuss what I see as exciting future directions of this network.

Dr. Johnson is Assistant Professor of Silviculture in the UF School of Forest Resources and Conservation. His B.S. was in Forestry from Purdue University and both M.S. and Ph.D. from Indiana University in Environmental Science and Biology, respectively. His research is about how forests function and respond to natural and anthropogenic change.