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University Forest Lab

Since 1947, numerous research projects have been carried out at University Forest Environmental Education Center.

Many of these projects have been meticulously maintained since they were begun and today offer an invaluable array of long-term databases to research scientists.

Some of these projects include:

  • Oak reproduction in Missouri.
  • Growth and development of upland hardwood forest stands.
  • Improvement of low-quality hardwood stands.
  • Evaluation of long-term changes in forest composition and processes as influenced by both natural and anthropogenic disturbances, including the effects of non-indigenous organisms on forest succession.

In addition to long-term projects, UFEC is also home to new, cutting-edge research programs.

  • High-resolution, digital, aerial photogrammetry for measuring tree and canopy leaf area.
  • Evaluation of mechanized harvesting equipment and related silvicultural prescriptions for utilizing small-diameter trees for bioenergy projects.
  • Appraisal of how microclimate and hydrologic disturbance mechanisms relate to measurement of decay and defects in upland hardwoods.
  • Assessment of the relationship of factors that influence forest stand dynamics, including disturbance, stand development, competition and resource use.
  • Effects of timber harvesting on water quality and yield.

Dissertations and Theses


  • Musbach, R. A. 1971. Effects of stand density and stem treatment on development and growth form of oak reproduction. Unpublished MS Thesis. University of Missouri, Columbia. 98p.


  • McNab, D. 1972. Some soil-site relationships of a typic fragiudalf. Unpublished MS Thesis, University of Missouri, Columbia. 218p.
  • Welsch, T. M. 1972. Periodic fire and runoff and erosion in the Missouri Ozarks. Unpublished MS Thesis. University of Missouri, Columbia. 103p.


  • Morris, M. F. 1984. Unit hydrographs and synthetic unit hydrographs for two experimental Missouri Ozark watersheds. Unpublished MS Thesis, University of Missouri, Columbia. 108p.


  • Dwyer, J.P. 1988. Evaluation of the long-term silvicultural and economic effects of thinning and pruning treatments on a scarlet and black oak timber stand in southeastern Missouri. Unpublished PhD dissertation. University of Missouri, Columbia. 255p.
  • Godsey, K. W. 1988. The effect of fire on an oak-hickory forest in the Missouri Ozarks. Unpublished MS Thesis. University of Missouri, Columbia. 125p.
  • Rogers, R. 1988. Spatial Pattern and Growth in a Missouri Oak-Hickory Stand. Unpublished PhD dissertation. University of Missouri, Columbia. 211p.


  • Jenkins, M. A. 1992. A study of oak decline and vegetation dynamics in the forests of the southeastern Missouri Ozark Mountains. M. S. Thesis. University of Missouri-Columbia. 244 p.


  • Wetteroff, J.J. 1993. Management and prediction of red oak decline in the Missouri Ozarks. Unpublished MS thesis. University of Missouri-Columbia. 220p.


  • Huddle, J. A. 1995. The effects of fire on species of maple and oak. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Missouri-Columbia. 240 p.

Journal Articles


  • Rogers, R. and T. M. Hinckley 1979. Foliar weight and area related current sapwood area in oak. For. Sci. 25(2):298-303.


  • Lowell, K.E. and R.J. Mitchell. 1987. Stand growth projection: simultaneous estimation of growth and mortality using a single probabilistic function. Can. J. For. Res. 17:1466-1470.
  • Lowell, K.E., R.J. Mitchell, P.S. Johnson, H.E. Garrett, and G.S. Cox. 1987. Predicting growth and "success" of coppice-regenerated oak stems. For. Sci. 33(3):740-749.


  • Dwyer, J.P. and K.E. Lowell. 1988. Long-term effects of thinning and pruning on the quality, quantity, and value of oak lumber. North. J. Appl. For. 5(4):258-260.
  • Lowell, K.E. and J.P. Dwyer. 1988. Stem form and lumber yield: Long-term effects of thinning and pruning. North. J. Appl. For. 5(1):56-58.
  • Mitchell, R.J., J.P. Dwyer, R.A. Musbach, H.E. Garrett, G.S. Cox and W.B. Kurtz. 1988. Crop tree release of a scarlet-black oak stand. North. J. Appl. For. 5(2):96-99.


  • Cutter, B.E., K.E. Lowell, and J.P. Dwyer. 1991. Thinning effects on diameter growth in black and scarlet oak as shown by tree ring analyses. For. Ecol. & Mgmt. 43(91):1-13.


  • Dwyer, J.P., D.C. Dey, and W.B. Kurtz. 1993. Profitability of precommercially thinning oak stump sprouts. North. J. Appl. For. 10(4):197-183.


  • Dwyer, J.P., B.E. Cutter, and J.J. Wetteroff. 1995. A dendrochronological study of black and scarlet oak decline in the Missouri Ozarks. For. Ecol. & Mgmt. 75(95):69-75.
  • Farooq, M., W.B. Kurtz, and J.P. Dwyer. 1995. Artificial pruning of immature oak stand is not profitable. South. J. Appl. For. 19(1):14-17.
  • Jenkins, M. A. and S. G. Pallardy. 1995. An examination of red oak species growth and mortality in the Missouri Ozarks using dendrochronological techniques. Can. J. For. Res. 25: 1119-1127.


  • Huddle, J. A. and Pallardy, S. G. 1996. Effects of long-term annual and periodic burning on tree survival and growth in a Missouri Ozark oak-hickory forest. Forest Ecology & Management 82: 1-9.
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