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Using Qualitative Knowledge of Life History Traits to Predict Taxon Group Response to Levels of Coarse Woody Debris


August 2014 - December 2017


This project addresses how to utilize various qualitative and disparate sources of information to develop a reliable predictive framework for specific management actions or practices. For example, ecologists may be asked for their expert opinion on how species respond to the experimental addition or removal of coarse woody debris in a forest. There is a need to impose a more rigorous and objective approach that may be achieved through the applications of techniques from social science and statistics.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 238

Phd Students: 144

Post Docs: 54

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 673

Scientific Publications: 1905

Presentations: 4236



  • Clinton MoorePrincipal Investigator
  • Steven CastleberryCo-Principal Investigator
  • Bryan NuseNon-PI Collaborator
  • John BlakeNon-PI Collaborator
  • John KilgoNon-PI Collaborator

Funding Agencies

  • USDA Forest Service


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey