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Adams, Mary Beth

Adjunct Instructor

Mary Beth Adams is a Research Soil Scientist with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station and an Adjunct Graduate Faculty member in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.  She earned a B.S. and M.S. in Forestry from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Soil Science and Forestry from North Carolina State University.  Mary Beth’s research interests include understanding how water and nutrients move through forest ecosystems in response to various stressors, and relating that understanding to sustaining the productivity of forest ecosystems.  Much of her work has been conducted on the Fernow Experimental Forest near Parsons, WV, where she served as Research Project Leader for 20 years.  She specializes in large, long-term experiments, and is Principle or co-Principle investigator on studies supported by the National Science Foundation.  She has published more than 150 scientific articles, served on many graduate committees at WVU and other institutions, served on advisory committees, and has been an editor for several significant journal volumes and books.   She is an active member of the Soil Science Society of America, the Society of American Foresters, Ecological Society of America, Association for Women in Science, and has been honored as a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America, a Distinguished Alumnus of Purdue University’s College of Agriculture, and an Inspiring Women Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement by the Northern Research Station.

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  1. M.B. Adams; J. Knoepp; J.W. Webster. 2014. Inorganic Nitrogen Retention by Watersheds at Fernow Experimental Forest and Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 78:S84-S94.
  2. Adams, Mary Beth; M. A. Buford (editors). Proceedings, Workshop on Science Considerations in Function Restoration. 2014. Journal of Sustainable Forestry special issue Volume 33, supplement 1.
  3. Adams, M.B. ; Kochenderfer, J.N. 2014. Recovery of Central Appalachian Forested Watersheds from a Wide Range of Treatments: Comparison to Watersheds in the Southern Appalachians. Chapter 12 In: Swank, W., J. Webster, (editors) Recovery of Ecosystem Structure and Function from Clear-cutting in the Southern Appalachians. Springer.
  4. Vose, J., M.B. Adams, D.M. Amatya, J. Campbell, S. Johnson, F. Swanson, R.K. Kolka, A. Lugo., R. C. Musselman, C.C. Rhodes. 2014. The Role of Experimental Forests and Ranges in the Development of Ecosystem Science and Biogeochemical Cycling Research.pp387-404 in: D.C. Hayes, S.L. Stout, R.H. Crawford, A.P. Hoover (eds). USDA Forest Service Experimental Forests and Ranges: Research for the Long-Term. Springer.
  5. Adams, M.B.; Kochenderfer, J.N. 2014. Recovery of Central Appalachian Forested Watersheds from a Wide Range of Treatments: Comparison to Watersheds in the Southern Appalachians. In: Swank, W., J. Webster , J. (editors) Recovery of Ecosystem Structure and Function from Clear-cutting in the Southern Appalachians. Springer.
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