Neal Sullivan

  Biographical Sketch

- Forestry. University of Missouri, Columbia , Missouri  2001
- Forest Resources. University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 1993
- Forest Management. University of New Hampshire. magna cum laude. 1989.
- Natural Resources Management. Essex Agricultural and Tech. Institute.   Hathorne, Massachusetts. 1985.
General Research Philosophy and Interests

I am interested in identifying and developing indices of ecological processes, particularly those processes affected by a potentially changing climate. Expressing physiological based processes at a landscape scale is fraught with quantitative difficulties. For this reason I am interested in developing relevant indices of ecological behavior that are practical for modeling at a landscape scale.

Employment History:
Miami University
  Director of Research Compliance: May 2008 - present
    Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship: IRB, IACUC, and IBC Administration and training related to facilitating researcher compliance with federal and state regulations and Miami policies.
  Visiting Assistant Professor: Aug 04 - present


Biology Department - A teaching position: Environmental Biology and Fundamentals of Ecology. Approximately 240 students per semester.

Botany Department: A teaching position: Introductory Botany for non-majors (~200 students two semesters, Ecology of North America (80 students, one semester), Plant Ecology (upper-level/graduate, 24 students).

North Central Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Columbia, Missouri
  Research Ecologist:   Oct 02– Aug 04

Expanding upon previous research, the goal of this project is to cast forest productivity in the North Central region in an ecological framework. Once completed, this will allow estimates of potential productivity under current conditions as well as the affect of differing management regimes, changing climate, and changing land-use patterns on potential productivity. Secondarily, I continue to study tree-level physiology as described below and lecture in the introductory biometrics class as needed. Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Shifley.


Forestry Department, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri 
  Post-Doctoral Research Fellow: Feb 01 – Oct 02

My primary responsibility in this position was to collaborate with Forest Service scientists on an assessment of timber resources in the North Central Region. Funding for this project was provided by FIA and the North Central Research Station. That work relied heavily on the analysis and interpretation of FIA data for the North Central Region and the rest of the United States. The primary publication resulting from this research, The Status of Timber Resources in the North Central Region ill soon be available on-line. Secondary research in my current position involves: i) physiological response differences of outplanted oak saplings cultivated using different nursery and establishment methods (in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Conservation and Forest Keeling Nursery, and Dan Dey, USFS), ii) physiologic response of two oak species planted under differing soil treatments at a Long-Term Soil Productivity site (in collaboration with Felix Ponder, USFS) iii) an ongoing study of the influence of mast production on vegetative growth, iv) the influence of shading and pot color on rooting media temperature (in collaboration with J. Van Sambeek, USFS), v) supervising one undergraduate research technician, and vi) submitting research proposals to the NSF and other agencies relating to nutrient cycling, carbon allocation, and ecophysiology. In addition to this research, I have substitute lectured in biometrics and photogrametry classes. Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Shifley.


North Central Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Columbia, Missouri
  Ecologist:   May 97 – Feb 01

I developed a landscape level model of mast production as part of my graduate program.  The parameters for the model were generated using FIA and local inventory data with respect to ecological land types.  Natural variation in masting behavior was modeled using the probability of the occurrence of weather favorable to flowering and inherent variation among species and trees. This involved collaboration with Missouri Department of Conservation scientists studying mast production.  In addition, I provided research support for NCRS scientists including GIS development, PC support, data analysis and assisted in teaching an introductory natural resources biometrics class.  Supervisors: Dr. Frank Thompson, Dr. Robert Cecich, and Dr. David Larsen


Forestry Department, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  Instructor:    Aug 95 - Dec 95

I taught the laboratory portion of a course in basic forest measurements (four 25-student sections) while preparing previous research for publication and developing a graduate program proposal.  Supervisor:  Dr. Harold Burkhart

  Research Associate:   Jul 94 - Aug 95

I was responsible for plot establishment and initial data collection for a research project designed to model CO2 evolution from the forest floor at a landscape scale. This research was conducted at an NSF Long-term Ecological Research Site in North Carolina, where I was stationed. As part of this research, I designed and built automated multi-channel gas exchange samplers adaptable for observing diurnal patterns of forest floor, bole, and/or foliar respiration. I supervised two technicians and assisted several undergraduate interns on their projects. Supervisor: Dr. James Vose

  Research Assistant:  Jan 92 - Jul 94

I collected baseline ecophysiology and microclimate data for a study of mature hardwood stands at Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, North Carolina, a Long-term Ecological Research Site.  The goal of the study was to develop parameters for a landscape scale model of forest productivity.  During the academic year I was a teaching assistant for a basic forest measurements class (4 lab sections). Supervisor: Dr. Paul Bolstad.

Department of Natural Resources, University of New Hampshire
  Research Assistant:  Jan 89 - Dec 1991

In relation to graduate studies, I conducted an NSF funded study of leaf litter decomposition from 1989 to 1991 at the Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico, an NSF Long-term Ecological Research Site. Concurrently I was responsible for i) the field and lab aspects of a study of the fate of 15N labeled ammonium in a tropical riparian zone, ii) a GIS study of land available in New Hampshire for biosolids application under current and proposed policies, and iii) analyses of plant community development and dynamics on a clearcut in Maine. Supervisors: Dr. Breck Bowden and Dr. William McDowell.

  Teaching Assistant: Jan - May of 90 and 91

I had administrative responsibility for a 160-student course in freshwater resources (1 semester) and weekly teaching responsibility for several 30-student sections (3 semesters). Supervisor:  Dr. Breck Bowden. 

International Paper Company,  Stratton, Maine
  Forestry Technician:   May 88 - Aug 88

I developed harvest plans, monitored reforestation and herbicide application contractors and assisted in land-lease and road easement surveys.  Supervisor:  Thomas Dodd


Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior,  Rawlins,  Wyoming.
   Surveying Technician: Apr-Aug 85 and May-Sept 84

I was the foreman of two surveying crews for a riparian rights project.  I trained personnel, surveyed reservoirs, and managed the data we collected.   I also completed 12 Class-A fence and road easement surveys totaling 45 miles and acted as a supplemental district fire crewmember.   Supervisor: Michael Jensen.

Military Service: U.S. Army. 556th Military Police Company. West Germany. Nov 78 - Nov 81.
Other Experiences and Qualifications
  Web Site Coordinator / designer: Missouri Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology. May 2001 - 2004
Water Quality Lab Technician: U.S. Forest Service. Durham, New Hampshire. Jun 87 - May 88.
Surveying Aid: U.S. Forest Service. White Mountain National Forest. Jun 86 - Aug 86.
Memberships: Ecological Society of America, Society of American Foresters, Xi Sigma Pi (Forestry Honor Society).
Co-Advisor: Tau (Missouri) Chapter of Xi Sigma Pi. (The Forestry Honor Society)
Reviewer for (since 2003): 13th Central Hardwoods Conference Proceedings, Journal of Tropical Forest Science, Ecological Modelling.
  Sullivan, N.H. 2004. Monitoring global climate change: The Missouri AmeriFlux site. The Glade Vol 7(1). April 2004.
  Shifley, S.R. and N.H. Sullivan. 2002. The Status of Timber Resources in the North Central Region: A summary of forest conditions, removals, consumption, and opportunities in t6he 7-State North Central Region. USDA Forest Service. North Central Research Station. GTR-NC-228. 48 p.
  Sullivan, N.H and S.R. Shifley. 2002. Growth, removals, and consumption of forest products in the North Central Region. The Glade. Vol. 5 (1). April 2002.
  Shifley, S.R. and N.H. Sullivan. 2003. Balancing growth, harvest, and consumption of hardwood resources in the North Central Region. p. 34-38. In: Sustaining Natural Resources on Private Lands in the Central Hardwood Region. Proceedings of the 29th Annual Hardwood Symposium. French Lick, IN. May 16-19, 2001. National Hardwood Lumber Association, Memphis, TN.
  Sullivan, N.H.  2001.  An Algorithm for a Landscape Level Model of Mast Production.  Ph.D. Dissertation.  University of Missouri. Columbia, Missouri.
  Cecich, R,A. and N.H. Sullivan. 1999.   Influence of weather at time of  pollination on acorn production of Quercus alba and Q. velutina. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 29: 1817-1823.
  Sullivan, N.H., W.B. Bowden, and W.H. McDowell. 1999. Short-term disappearance of foliar litter of three species before and after a hurricane. Biotropica. 31(3): 382-393.
  Sullivan, N.H. , P.V. Bolstad and J.M. Vose. 1996. Net photosynthesis parameters for twelve tree species in a mature hardwood forest of the Southern Appalachians. Tree Physiology. 16: 397-406.
  Vose, J.M., N.H. Sullivan, B.D. Clinton and P.V. Bolstad. 1995. Vertical leaf area distribution in the Southern Appalachians. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 5: 1036-1043.
  Sullivan, N.H. 1993.  Short-term Disappearance of Foliar Litter of Three Tree Species Native to Rain Forests of Puerto Rico.  MS Thesis.  University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.  120 p.
  Sullivan, N.H and S. Pallardy. 2003. Ecophysiology measurements at Plowboy Bend Conservation Area. 5th Annual UMCA Review. University of Missouri, Center for Agroforestry. 20 Nov 2003
  Sullivan, N.H, B. O'Neal, and J.W. Van Sambeek.. 2003. Pot color and shading influences on planting media temperatures.. 5th Annual UMCA Review. University of Missouri, Center for Agroforestry. 20 Nov 2003
  Shifley, S.R. and N.H. Sullivan. 2003. Balancing growth, harvest, and consumption: A regional response to the national issue of forest sustainability. 2003 Society of American Foresters Confference. Buffalo, NY. 25-30 Oct 2003.
  Sullivan, N.H. 2003. Landscape Ecology: The issue in question defines the scale resolution and details of the answer. Departmental Seminar, Western Carolina University. 17 Mar 2003.
  Sullivan, N.H. and S.R. Shifley. 2003. The status of Timber Resources in the North Central US: Growth, harvest, consumption, and sustainability (poster). Changing Social Landscapes: Impacts on National Forest Management in the Eastern Region.26-28 Mar 2003..
  Shifley, S.R and N.H. Sullivan. 2003. Timber growth, harvest, and consumption: Seeking a sustainnable balance. Annual Meeting of the Indiana Chapter of the Society of American Foresters. Jasper, IN. 26 Feb 2003.

Sullivan, N.H. and Shifley, S.R. 2003. The status of Timber Resources in the North Central US: Growth, harvest, consumption, and sustainability. 2nd Annual Forest and Wildlife Review. University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN. Jan. 16, 2003.
  Shifley, S.R. and N.H. Sullivan. 2003. Timber growth, harvest, and consumption: seeking a sustainable balance. 2003 Missouri Natural Resources Conference, Jan 29-31 2003.
  Sullivan, N.H., S.R. Shifley. 2002. The status of timber resources in the North Central United States. 13th Biennial Central Hardwoods Conference. 1-3 April 2002. Champaign-Urbana, IL.
  Shifley, S.R. and N.H. Sullivan. 2002. North Central Region forest productivity assessment: A Missouri perspective. 2002 Missouri Natural Resources Conference, Jan 29-Feb 1, 2002.
  Sullivan, N.H. and D.R. Larsen. 2002. Factors influencing mast production: A modeling perspective. 2002 Missouri Natural Resources Conference, Jan 29-Feb 1, 2002.
  Sullivan, N.H., S.R. Shifley, and D. Shriner. 2002. The status of timber resources in the North Central United States. Forest Systems of the Upper Midwest Symposium. Cloquet Forestry Center, Cloquet, MN. 10 January 2002
  Clinton, B. D.,C. Maier, and N.H. Sullivan. 2001. An examination of the relationship between sapflow rate and measured stem CO2 efflux in trees. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Madison, WI. August 5-10, 2001.
  Sullivan, N.H., D.R. Larsen, and S.R. Shifley. 2001. MAST: An add-on program module for LANDIS to predict masting behavior across a landscape. 3rd Annual North American Forest Ecology Workshop. Duluth, MN. Jun 24-27, 2001.
  Shifley, S.R. and N. Sullivan. 2001. Growth, production, and consumption of forest resources in the upper great lakes region of the United States. Advance Summaries of Presentations: Central-Lake States Regional Meeting. NCASI. Bloomington, MN. May 22-23, 2001.
  Sullivan, N., R.A. Cecich. 1998. Techniques for studying flower loss of oaks. In (McCreary, D.,ed.)  Proceedings of the Seventh Workshop on Seedling Physiology and Growth Problems in Oak Plantations.  South Lake Tahoe, CA. September 27-29, 1998. (Abstract)

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