Dr. Brian Strahm

Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Brian Strahm is a professor in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation.  He received a doctoral degree in forest resources from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focuses on the soil properties and processes that regulate productivity and environmental quality. Forests cover approximately one-third of the Earth’s land surface and are important focal points for the supply of ecosystem goods and services. In forests, as with nearly all terrestrial ecosystems, soils are the hub of biological and chemical activity. Specifically, soils are largely responsible for the sustained productivity of forest ecosystems and regulate key processes that influence larger-scale environmental conditions, such as water quality and atmospheric chemistry.


By understanding the relationships between forest ecosystems and external forces, such as forest management, land use, or global change, scientists can predict how these changes affect soil/ecosystem function, such as carbon sequestration and nitrogen leaching.

Dr. Strahm’s recent research examines:

  • the role of forest soils in the adaptation of southern pine ecosystems to climate variation
  • how to return natural processes to ecosystems that have been severely altered by mining
  • ways to utilize reclaimed lands to bring the American Chestnut tree back to North America


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Recent Relevant Publications

ED Osburn, JS Simpson, B.D. Strahm, JE Barrett.  2021. Land Use History Mediates Soil Biogeochemical Responses to Drought in Temperate Forest Ecosystems. Ecosystems, 1-16.

A Noormets, R Bracho, E Ward, J Seiler, B Strahm, W Lin, K McElligott,…. 2021. Heterotrophic respiration and the divergence of productivity and carbon sequestration.

J Chen, B Strahm, R Stewart. 2021. Drivers of soil water repellency after wildfires: case study in the south-central Appalachian Mountains, US. EGU21.

LE Nave, M Bowman, A Gallo, JA Hatten, KA Heckman, L Matosziuk, B Strahm,… 2021. Patterns and predictors of soil organic carbon storage across a continental-scale network. Biogeochemistry, 1-22.

MS Sarr, JR Seiler, J Sullivan, AM Diallo, BD Strahm. Drought resistance and gum yield performances in a Senegalia senegal (L.) Britton progeny trial in Senegal. New Forests, 1-15.

AR Possinger, BD Strahm, T Weiglein, MM Bowman, A Gallo, JA Hatten,… 2020. Leveraging NEON soil archives to link soil organic carbon stocks, persistence, and climate sensitivity at the continental scale. AGU Fall Meeting 2020.

KA Heckman, LE Nave, M Bowman, A Gallo, JA Hatten, LM Matosziuk, BD Strahm,… 2020. Divergent controls on carbon concentration and persistence between forests and grasslands of the conterminous US. Biogeochemistry, 1-16.

KM Mercier, CD Teutsch, JH Fike, JF Munsell, BF Tracy, BD Strahm. 2020. Impact of increasing shade levels on the dry-matter yield and botanical composition of multi species forage stands. Grass and Forage Science, 75 (3), 291-302.