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George R Parker

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Professor Emeritus

Research Group - Forest Biology

Facilities - Forest Ecology, Soils, and Silvlculture Lab, John S. Wright Center

Areas of Excellence - Sustaining Hardwood Ecosystems

Related Centers - Center for the Environment, Purdue Climate Change Research Center, Purdue Interdisciplinary Center for Ecological Sustainability

 

PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION

  • Oklahoma State University B.S. (Forestry) 1964
  • Oklahoma State University M.S. (Plant Ecology) 1967
  • Michigan State University Ph.D. (Forestry Ecology) 1970

 

APPOINTMENTS

  • 2008-present Professor Emeritus
    1990-2008 Professor of Forest Ecology Purdue University
  • 1977-1990 Associate Professor of Forest Ecology Purdue University
  • 1970 1977 Assistant Professor of Forest Ecology Purdue University

 

PUBLICATIONS

Books

  • Weeks, Sally S ., Harmon P. Weeks and George R. Parker. 2005. Native Trees of the Midwest : Identification, Wildlife Values & Landscaping Use. Purdue University Press, West Lafayette , IN. 325 p.

Technical Report

  • Zhalnin, Andriy V . and George R. Parker. 2005. Delineation and spatial analysis of ecological classification units for the Hoosier National Forest . Forest Service, USDA, North Central Research Station. In press.

Refereed

  • Dolan, Benjamin J . and George R. Parker. 2005. Ecosystem classification in a flat, highly fragmented region of Indiana . Forest Ecology and Management. In press.
  • Pierce, Aaron R., George Parker and Kerry Rebenold . 2005. Forest succession in an oak-hickory dominated stand during a 40-year period at the Ross Biological Reserve, Indiana. Natural Areas Journal. In press.
  • Aldrich, P. R., L. C. Glaubitz , G. R. Parker, O. E. Rhodes and C. H. Michler. 2005. Genetic structure inside a declining red oak community in old-growth forest. Journal of Heredity 96(6): 627-634.
  • Aldrich, Preston R., George R. Parker, Jeanne Romero-Severson and Charles H. Michler. 2005. Confirmation of oak recruitment failure in Indiana old-growth forest: 75 tears of data. Forest Science 51(5): 1-
  • Jenkins, M. A., C. R. Webster, G. R. Parker and M. A. Spetich. 2004. Coarse woody debris in managed central hardwood forests of Indiana . Forest Science 50(6):781-792
  • Dolan, B. J. and G. R. Parker. 2004. Regeneration response to disturbance in Central Hardwood Forests. Proceedings, Upland Oak Ecology Symposium, Fayetteville , Arkansas , USDA, and Forest Service Southern Research Station General Tech. Report. Pp. 285-291.
  • Aldrich, P. R., G. R. Parker, J. Ward, and C. H. Mickler . 2003. Spatial dispersion of trees in an old-growth temperate hardwood forest over sixty years of succession. Forest Ecology and Management 180:475-491.
  • Webster, Christopher R., Michael A. Jenkins and George R. Parker. 2001. A field test of herbaceous plant indicators of deer browsing intensity in mesic hardwood forest of Indiana . Natural Areas Journal 21:149-158
  • Jenkins, Michael A. and George R. Parker. 2001. Woody species composition of disturbed forests in intermittent stream bottomlands of southern Indiana . Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 128(2):165-175.
  • Jenkins, Michael A. and George R. Parker. 1999. Changes in the forest landscape of the Charles C. Deam wilderness, southern Indiana , 1939-1990. Natural Areas Journal 20(1):46-55.
  • Martin Spetich, George Parker, and Eric Gustafson.1997. Spatial and temporal relationships of old-growth and secondary forests in Indiana . Natural Areas Journal 17:118-130.
  • Gustafson, E. J. and G. R. Parker and S. E. Backs .1994. Evaluating spatial pattern of wildlife habitat: a case study of the Wild Turkey ( Meleagris gallopavo ). Amer. Midland Naturalist 131:24-33.
  • Gustafson, Eric J. and George R. Parker. 1994. Using an index of habitat patch proximity for landscape design. Journal of Landscape and Urban Planning 29:117-130.
  • Webster, Christopher R., Michael A. Jenkins and George R. Parker. 2001. A field test of herbaceous plant indicators of deer browsing intensity in mesic hardwood forest of Indiana . Natural Areas Journal 21:149-158
  • Spetich, Martin A, Stephen R. Shifley, and George R. Parker. 1999. Regional distribution and dynamics of coarse woody debris in Midwestern old-growth forests. Forest Science 45(2):302-313.
  • Spetich, Martin A., George R. Parker, and Eric J. Gustafson.1997. Spatial and temporal relationships of old-growth and secondary forests in Indiana . Natural Areas Journal 17:118-130.
  • Ward, Jeff, George R. Parker, and Francis Ferrandino . 1996. Long-term spatial dynamics in an old-growth deciduous forest. Forest Ecology and Management 83:189-202.
  • Van Kley , J. E. and G. R. Parker. 1993. An ecological classification system for the Central Hardwoods Region: the Hoosier National Forest . in Proceedings Ninth Central Hardwood Forest Conference, USDA, Forest Service, North Central For. Exp. Sta. Gen. Tech. Rep. NC-161. pp. 308-326.

 

Professional Activities

Project manager to develop an Ecological Classification System for the Hoosier National Forest . Led a team of three faculty and seven graduate students in development of the ECS that is used in management planning for the forest. This system is now being used to develop a GIS map of the forest for planning and management.

Initiated the Indian Pine Field Station and served as director. This watershed based Station stimulated multidisciplinary research and education at Purdue University to understand the relation of land use to water quality and habitat quality. Faculty and graduate students from the Schools of Engineering, Science and Agriculture are involved in the Station.

Project manager to examine to effects of white-tailed deer on habitat condition within the State parks of Indiana . This resulted in a management control program to maintain deer populations within the carrying capacity of their habitat within each park.

Initiated the development of the John S. Wright Forestry Center . This $4 million center is used for hands-on teaching, research and outreach in the Natural Resource Sciences.

 

Honors and Awards

  • 2003 Academic Keys Who's Who in Agriculture Higher Education
  • 2003 Outstanding Teacher Award, Dept. of Forestry & Natural Resources, Purdue Univ.
  • 2002 Outstanding Teacher Award, Dept. of Forestry & Natural Resources, Purdue Univ.
  • 2001 Outstanding Teacher Award, Dept. of Forestry & Natural Resources, Purdue Univ.
  • 2001-2003 Board of Directors, Museum at Prophetstown
  • 2000 Society of American Foresters Leadership Academy
  • 1996-2004 Board of Directors, NICHES Land Trust
  • 1996 ESCOP Fellow, School of Agriculture , Purdue Univ.
  • 1994 Honor Award, Hoosier ESC Development Team , US Forest Service
  • 1988 Sagamore of the Wabash Award
  • 1987 Certified, Senior Ecologist, The Ecological Society of America
  • 1987 Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  • 1985 Annual Award, Indiana Chapter, The Nature Conservancy 

 

 

Awards & Honors

(2004) Oustanding Teacher. Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University.

(2003) Ourstanding Teacher. Department of Forestry and Natural Resources.

(2002) Oustanding Teacher. Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University.

Selected Publications

Dolan, B. J., & Parker, G. R. (2005). Ecosystem Classification in a flat, highly fragmented region of Indiana. Forest Ecology and Management, 219, 109-131.

Aldrich, P. R., Parker, G. R., & Michler, C. H. (2005). Confirmation of oak recruitment failure in Indiana old-growth forest. Forest Science, 51(5).

Aldrich, P. R., Glaubitz, L. C., Parker, G. R., Rhodes, O. E., & Michler, C. H. (2005). Genetic structure inside a declining red oak community in old-growth forest. Journal of Heredity.

Weeks, S. S., Weeks, H. P., & Parker, G. R. (2005). Native Trees of the Midwest: Wildlife Values and Landscape Use (Vol. First). West Lafayette Indiana: Purdue University Press.

Pierce, A. R., Parker, G. R., & Rabenold, K. (in press). Forest succession in an oak-hickory dominated stand during a 40-year period at the Ross Biological Reserve, Indiana. Natural Areas Journal.

Zhalnin, A. V., & Parker, G. R. (2005). Delineation and spatial analysis of ecological classification units for the Hoosier National Forest. North Central Research Station Tech Report, USDA Forest Service.

Martin, C. A., & Parker, G. R. (2004). Response of garlic mustard (Allaria petiolata) and forest understory to herbicide and prescribed burning. 14th Central Hardwood Forest Conference, 1.

Zhalnin, A. V., & Parker, G. R. (2004). Development of ELTP layer for the Hoosier National Forest, Southern Indiana. 14th Central Hardwood Forest Conference, 2.

Dolan, B. J., & Parker, G. R. (2004). Ecological classification in the central till plain region of Indiana. 14th Central Hardwood Forest Conference, 1.

Jenkins, M. A., Webster, C. R., Parker, G. R., & Spetich, M. A. (2004). Coarse woody debris in managed central hardwood forests of Indiana, USA. Forest Science, 50(6), 781-792.