Joseph J. O’Brien

Adjunct Faculty
Assistant Research Scientist, USDA Forest Service, Center for Forest Disturbance
Graduate Program Faculty


Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Florida International University

M.S. in Biological Sciences, Florida International University

B.S., State University of New York at Geneseo

Research Interests
  • Fire and plant ecophysiology
  • Population dynamics
  • Ecosystem properties
Selected Publications

O’Brien, Joseph J.; Mordecai, Kathryn A.; Wolcott, Leslie. 2010. Fire managers field guide: hazardous fuels management in subtropical pine flatwoods and tropical pine rocklands.

Sharik, Terry L.; Adair, William; Baker, Fred A.; Battaglia, Michael; Comfort, Emily J.; D’Amato, Anthony W.; Delong, Craig; DeRose, R. Justin; Ducey, Mark J.; Harmon, Mark; Levy, Louise; Logan, Jesse A.; O’Brien, Joseph; Palik, Brian J.; Roberts, Scott D.; Rogers, Paul C.; Shinneman, Douglas J.; Spies, Thomas; Taylor, Sarah L.; Woodall, Christopher; Youngblood, Andrew. 2010. Emerging themes in the ecology and management of North American forests.

Hiers, J. Kevin; O’Brien, Joseph J.; Mitchell, R. J.; Grego, John M.; Loudermilk, E. Louise. 2009. The wildland fuel cell concept: an approach to characterize fine-scale variation in fuels and fire in frequently burned longleaf pine forests.

Gardiner, E.S.; O’Brien, J.J.; Löf, M.; Stanturf, J.A.; Madsen, P. 2009. Photosynthetic characteristics of Fagus sylvatica and Quercus robur established for stand conversion from Picea abies.

O’Brien, J.J.; Hiers, J.K.; Callaham, M.A., Jr..; Mitchell, R.J.; Jack, S. 2008. Interactions among overstory structure, seedling life-history traits and fire in frequently burned neotropical pine forests.