Dr. Jim Guldin is Supervisory Research Ecologist and Director of the Center for Forest Restoration and Management for the Southern Research Station (SRS) of the USDA Forest Service, with a duty station in Hot Springs, Arkansas. With a 35-year career in academia and Federal research, Jim describes himself as an “alleged” expert in the theory and application of uneven-aged silvicultural systems in southern yellow pines and in Ozark oak-hickory forests, on the restoration of even-aged shortleaf pine-bluestem woodlands in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas and Oklahoma, and restoration and management of longleaf pine forests and woodlands in the lower Gulf Coastal Plain. He is active in the Society of American Foresters; in the IUFRO Uneven-aged Silviculture Working Group, and serves on the Editorial Board for the British journal, Forestry. Jim also serves on two major regional advisory groups: 1) the Science Advisory Council for the L-A-D Foundation, and 2) the Longleaf Partnership Council.
Jeff Boxrucker is the Coordinator for the Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He served as a reservoir fisheries research biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for 30 years during which he was author or coauthor on more than 40 peer-reviewed publications. He concluded his career with ODWC as Assistant Chief of Fisheries for 3 years. Jeff served as President of the Fisheries Management Section and Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society and served on the Governing Board of AFS for 4 years. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Chapter of AFS, the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Southern Division of AFS and was inducted into the Fisheries Management Section’s Hall of Excellence. After his retirement he began a second career as Coordinator for the Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership, a position that he still holds today.
John Kabrick is a research forester with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, in Columbia, MO, where he conducts research in silviculture, forest soils, and applied forest ecology and develops practical, scientific, and ecologically based silvicultural prescriptions from research findings. His research includes examining the regeneration and developmental dynamics of oak and oak – pine forests and woodlands, and sustainability issues associated with harvesting and prescribed burning.
Newell R. Kitchen is a Soil Scientist with USDA ARS and Adjunct Professor at the University of Missouri. Much of his research focuses on quantifying temporal and spatial variability in crops and soils for timely site-specific management. He received his B.Sc. degree from Brigham Young University, M.Sc degree from University of Missouri, and his Ph.D. (1990) degree in Crop and Soil Sciences from Colorado State University. He served as the 2011 President of the American Society of Agronomy. He was elected as Fellow for the American Society of Agronomy (2007) and the Soil Science Society of America (2008).