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Todd Hutchinson - Principal Investigator

Todd grew up in Detroit, MI and Louisville, KY. He earned a Bachelor's in Biology from the University of Louisville. After completing a Master's in Plant Ecology at the University of Miami, OH, Todd joined the US Forest Service Northeastern Forest Service Experiment Station in 1994 to work on a large prescribed fire research project in southern Ohio. In 2004, he earned a Ph. D. in Ecology from Ohio State University. Currently, Todd is a Research Ecologist with the US Forest Service Northern Research Station, and is located in Delaware, OH. Todd has conducted research on the effects of controlled burns on stand dynamics, tree regeneration, and understory plant communities in mixed-oak forests. He chairs the Research and Monitoring Committee for the Vinton Furnace Experimental Forest and has served on the Governing Boards of the Oak Woodlands and Forests Fire Consortium and CAFMS. Todd joined the CAFMS team as Principal Investigator in May 2016.




Helen Mohr - Director


Helen grew up in Seneca, SC and attended Clemson University for a bachelor's and master's degree in Forest Resource Management. After graduation she has been with the Forest Service Southern Research Station as a Forester. She has worked alongside Tom Waldrop and his team for her entire career. She has assisted and led many studies associated with prescribed fire and wildfire in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Helen became the director of CAFMS in 2009.




Jenifer Bunty - Public Information Coordinator


Jen has lived all over the US and attended the University of Florida where she received dual bachelors' degrees in biology and Russian. She attended Clemson University for her master's degree in biology where she spent time conducting field research in the Russian Far East. In 2015, she began working with the Southern Blue Ridge Fire Learning Network and developed The Fire Learning Trail, an enhanced interpretive trail in Pisgah National Forest. She joined CAFMS in February 2016.