Freshman Scholars Program 2014

Effects of Timber Stand Improvement and Bioenergy Harvesting on Wildlife Species

Instructor:  Todd Fredericksen, Ph.D.


Project Description:

Students interested in environmental science or biology.

A study was installed in the forests of Ferrum College to determine the impact of timber stand improvement (TSI) and biomass removal treatments on the abundance and diversity of invertebrate and vertebrate wildlife.  Three treatments were applied in a randomized complete block design including an untreated control treatment, a treatment including TSI without biomass removal, and the third treatment of TSI with biomass removal.  After the treatments were completed, a drift fence pitfall trap array was installed in the middle of each treatment plot to capture invertebrate and vertebrate animals.  The student selected for this project will check traps on a daily basis and record data on captured animals.  Sampling of vegetation inside and outside of deer browsing exclosures will also be conducted.


Todd Fredericksen, Ph.D.

Dr. Todd Fredericksen is Associate Professor of Forestry and Wildlife in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Ferrum College in Virginia. He teaches courses in forestry, wildlife, ecology, natural resource management, conservation biology, and natural history. His research interests include the effects of forest management on biodiversity, natural history and conservation of animal species in the Blue Ridge Mountains, tropical and temperate silviculture, and forest regeneration ecology. He has served as an editor for the journal Forest Ecology and Management since 2007 and serves on the editorial boards of three other scientific journals. He is currently President of the Virginia Natural History Society and Treasurer of the Virginia Chapter of the Wildlife Society.

If you have specific questions about this project, please contact Dr. Fredericksen directly at TFredericksen@ferrum.edu.

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