Neil Pederson, Forest Ecologist
I focus on the dynamics and long-term development of forests, from tree to subcontinental scales, as they interact with climate and as the trees interact amongst themselves. I dig natural history, charismatic megaflora, and old-growth forests and conduct basic and applied research to help develop ecologically-based, long-term forest management. One of my passions is the growth, longevity, and ecology of broadleaf trees and forests.
The sample pictured at the top of this page is a sample collected by Dr. Florence Hawley Ellis, the first female dendrochronologists that we know of in the US, from Illinois in the early 1900s. It is tulip-poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera). Christ Baisin of the Laboratory of Tree Ring Research at the University of Arizona has temporally dated the inner rings to the 1460s.
The title for these pages was created by David Funkhouser, who has graciously allowed me to continue to use the name, The Broadleaf Papers.