The Southern Appalachians: The Perfect Place for Research
Resource Management and Science Staff in Great Smoky Mountains National Park:
Chief of Resource Management and Science: Jeff Troutman
Air Quality Program Manager: Jim Renfro-currently stationed at the park's Twin Creeks Science Center near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. He earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Forestry from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He started working for the Smokies in 1984, and is currently responsible for managing the park's air quality program; one of the most extensive air monitoring programs in the National Park Service.
Botanist: Janet Rock-interests in rare plant monitoring (particularly demographics), rare plant species surveys, rare plant/pollinator interactions (particularly endemic species), and genetics of rare plant species and their congeners. Janet has studied harvesting impacts of American ginseng and wild leeks, or ramps, and impacts of white-tailed deer on herbaceous vegetation.
Cultural Resources/Archeologist: Vacant
Curator: John McDade
Data Manager: Vacant
Entomologist: Becky Nichols
Entomologist (USGS): Chuck Parker
Fire Ecologist: Rob Klein
Fire Management Officer: Dave Loveland
Fishery Biologist: Steve Moore--received his B. S. degree in biology from WesternCarolina University in 1976 and his M.S. degree in Fisheries Sciencefrom Tennessee Technological University in 1979. His researchand management actions have been focused on the development andimplementation of standardized monitoring protocols for stream fishcommunities, the restoration of native fish populations and waterquality monitoring. He and his co-workers evaluated the use of Fintrol®(antimycin) to restore larger stream segments for native brook trout. Thisprogram has been very successful and he and his staff are now being sentto Parks across the nation to assist with the implementation of projectsto restore native trout populations. During his tenure in Great SmokyMountains National Park he has served as an advisor for 20 graduatestudents conducting research in the Park. His work has resulted in thedevelopment of partnerships with many state and federal agencies as wellas universities and angler groups. These partnerships have helped himraise about 2.5 million dollars for fisheries and aquatics projects in theSmokies.
Forest Ecologist: vacant
Forester: Kristine Johnson-M.S. in Forestry, University of Tennessee; areas of expertise include forest health, exotic plant management, ecological restoration and revegetation.
GIS/Mapping: Tom Colson
For more information, contact Paul Super, 828-926-6251.
Information Coming Soon for the other parks in the Appalachian Highlands Monitoring Network
Blue Ridge Parkway
Did You Know?
The wispy, smoke-like fog that hangs over the Smoky Mountains comes from rain and evaporation from trees. On the high peaks of the Smokies, an average of 85 inches of rain falls each year, qualifying these upper elevation areas as temperate rain forests. More...