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Phillip E Pope

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Professor of Forest Biology
PFEN Room G021F
715 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Phillip E. Pope is a Professor in Forestry and Natural Resources and Associate Dean of the Graduate School . He received his B.S. degree from the University of Richmond and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University . Following post-doctoral study at the University of Florida and two years on the faculty at the University of Arkansas , he joined the Department in 1977. His early research focused on the effects of soil management and seedling nutrition on forest plantation establishment. Projects included the establishment of fast growing bio-energy plantations, reforestation of reclaimed surface mined lands in Indiana , and influence of soil compaction on root growth and seedling survival. Subsequent studies included the relationships among soil physical and chemical properties and the effects of mycorrhizal forming fungi and nitrogen-fixing bacteria on nutrient uptake and growth of fine hardwoods. These research findings lead to studies on fine root growth and nutrient uptake dynamics of selected tree species and natural hardwood stands.

Research Group - Forest Biology

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

Areas of Excellence - Sustaining Hardwood Ecosystems

Releated Centers - Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center, Center for the Environment, Purdue Climate Change Research Center

Awards & Honors

(2009) 2009 Award for Promising New Technologies in Reclamation. Indiana Society of Mining and Reclamation.

Selected Publications

Pope, P. E. (2005). Regenerating Hardwoods in the Central Hardwood Region: Soils, 1-4.

Kaczmarek, T. W. I. J., & Pope, P. E. (in press). Cand N Pools in Oak-Hickory Forests Across a Soil Productivity Gradient. Canadian Jour. For. Res, In Press.

Kaczmarek, T. W. I. J., & Pope, P. E. (in press). A comparison of two ingrowth core techniques for estimating fine root dynamics within oak-hickory forests of the central US. Soil Sci Soc. Amer. Jour..

Idol, T. W., & Pope, P. E. (2003). N mineralization, nitrification, and N uptake across a 100-year chronosequence of upland hardwood forests. Forest Ecology and Management, 176, 509-518.

Idol, T. W., Holzbaur, K. A., & Pope, P. E. (2002). Control bag correction for forest floor decomposition. Soil Sci. Soc. Amer. Journal, 66, 620-623.

Idol, T. W., & Pope, P. E. (2002). Changes in microbial-nitrogen across a 100-year chronosequence of upland hardwood forests. Soil Sci. Soc. Amer. Journal, 69, 1662-1668.

Pope, P. E., & Summer, J.2W. (n.d.). Soil Caharacteristics Associated with Rapid Growth in Walnut. Walnut Council Annual Meeting.