David Carter is an assistant professor of silviculture in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation. Carter’s research focuses on developing silvicultural techniques to accomplish a diversity of forestry goals and objectives.
In his new position, Carter also serves as a co-director of the Forest Productivity Cooperative, an international partnership between Virginia Tech, North Carolina State University, the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Brazil, and the Universidad de Concepción in Chile that is committed to creating innovative solutions to improve productivity through sustainable forestry practices.
“The Forest Productivity Cooperative is going to be a big part of David’s job — promoting and moving that initiative forward and continuing to build on the strong foundation that we’ve had there over the past 15 years,” said Department Head Jay Sullivan.
“David will be researching and teaching in the area of silviculture, which could involve topics ranging from forest regeneration to forest health, productivity, and growth, to tree species composition. He has a strong background that covers the breadth of what silviculture entails,” Sullivan continued.
Before coming to Virginia Tech, Carter researched the growth and ecological impacts of invasive Scotch broom in recently clear-cut Douglas-fir forests in the Pacific Northwest as part of his doctoral study at the University of Minnesota. His past research has included vegetation management in plantations in the Pacific Northwest, the efficacy of ecological forestry in accomplishing timber and biodiversity objectives in Maine, and the restoration of oak woodlands in the Midwest using silvicultural manipulations.
Carter earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, a master’s degree from the University of Maine, and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota.