Brian McCarthy

Photo of Brian McCarthy Associate Dean and Professor
Ohio University
35 University Terrace, College of Arts & Sciences
Wilson Hall Admin - Suite 207
Athens, Ohio 45701-2979
Phone: 740-593-2979

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

Hardwood regeneration, Disturbance ecology, Fire ecology, Invasive plant species, Dendrochronology, Mixed oak forest, American chestnut

Biographical Sketch

Dr. McCarthy specializes in the terrestrial ecology of hardwood forest ecosystems of the central Appalachians. He has done research in a variety of basic and applied ecological fields including: forest regeneration, fire ecology, invasive species, dendroecology, understory herb community dynamics, and forest restoration. In addition, he has considerable experience in experimental design, biostatistics, and data analytics. He has authored approximately 125 papers in the peer-reviewed literature, co-presented in excess of 300 papers at professional conferences, and received in excess of $1 mil grant funding to support his research. He has supervised over 50 graduate students to degree completion, and directed a dozen undergraduate interns for the USFS. For the last 20 years he has worked closely with the American Chestnut Foundation in a major effort to restore this species to the landscape. He will be their Chairman from 2018-2021. He currently serves as the associate dean of faculty, research, and graduate studies for the College of Arts and Sciences in addition to his duties as professor of forest ecology in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology.


BS, Biology. Saint Peters College, Jersey City, NJ. (1982)

MS, Botany. Ohio University, Athens, OH. (1984)

PhD, Ecology. Rutgers–The State University of NJ, New Brunswick, NJ. (1989)

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