Mary Arthur, University of Kentucky

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Mary Arthur is Professor of Forest Ecology in the University of Kentucky, Department of Forestry. Together with her graduate students and collaborators, she has been studying the effects of prescribed fire on forest stand structure, species composition, oak regeneration, and ecosystem function for the past 20 plus years. Mary started working on fire ecology in 1993, when a fellow faculty member called her attention to the preponderance of white pine in the understory of oak-dominated upland sites in the Red River Gorge Geological Area of the Daniel Boone National Forest (DBNF). In collaboration with managers in the DBNF and the USFS Bent Creek Experimental Forest, this work developed into multiple long-term research projects examining the role of prescribed fire, wildfire, and fire plus mastication