Utah State University forest ecology and silviculture professor James N. "Jim" Long received the 2005 Barrington Moore Memorial Award from the Society of American Foresters. The award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in biological research leading to the advancement of forestry, was presented to Long at the society's annual meeting (Oct. 19-23) in Fort Worth, Texas.
In a release announcing the award, the society called Long "a pioneer in research pertaining to the biological mechanisms underlying stand density relationships in forest ecosystems."
By studying linkages between basic principles of forest population and production ecology, Long has developed sound approaches to management of stand structures for which there are currently no empirical silvicultural research results, the release read. Long's research findings have been applied to the development of practical tools for planning silvicultural regimes in forest ecosystems around the world.
Long joined the Department of Forest, Range and Wildlife Sciences in USU's College of Natural Resources in 1980. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses and conducts the research and graduate education program in forest ecology and silviculture.
Long lists production ecology and silviculture of Rocky Mountain forests, along with ecosystem management, as his primary research interests. His work has been cited in a number of basic science journals, including Nature and Science. He has published numerous book chapters and papers in refereed journals.
An SAF Fellow, Long has served as chair of the society's Silviculture Instructors Subworking Group since 1990. He served on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Committee of Scientists regarding improvement and management of Forest Service land.