Christopher M. Oswalt

Research Forester
4700 Old Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37922
Phone: 865-862-2068
christopher.oswalt@usda.gov

Current Research

My current research includes the monitoring and assessment of forest resources at multiple geographic and taxonomic scales. Specific research topics include the assessment of growth and removals in the Appalachian Ecoregion, understanding the impact of the Southern pine beetle on pine forests of the South, tracking temporal shifts of forest communities in Tennessee and Kentucky and the role of nonnative invasive plants in the alteration of forested systems. In addition, my responsibilities include:
1) Lead Forest Inventory Analyst for Tennessee and Kentucky
2) Southern Lead for Invasive Species

Education

Ph.D. in Natural Resources, Silviculture, 2008
The University of Tennessee
M.S. in Forest Ecology, 2003
The University of Tennessee
B.S. in (Forest Resource Management, Minor: Statistics, 1999
The University of Tennessee

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Publications

Research Highlights

Cooperation Leads to Continued Research on Tree Range Shifts in the Eastern U.S. (2014)
SRS-2014-170 In an attempt to understand the potential impact of climate change on tree species ranges in the eastern U.S., teams of researchers from the Forest Service's Forest Inventory and Analysis program, Purdue University, and the University of Alabama have advanced tree range shift research by using broad-scale inventory data. The researchers were interested in documenting current changes in certain tree species populations along range boundaries in the eastern U.S.