Chelcy R. Ford is a scientist for the National Climate Assessment. She is on assignment from the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, The Center for Forest Watershed Science at Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory. The Centerâ€™s mission is to evaluate, explain, and predict how water, soil, forest, and aquatic resources respond to ecosystem management practices, natural disturbances, and the atmospheric environment; and to identify practices that restore, protect, and enhance watershed health. Her research is focused on elucidating ecophysiological mechanisms and controls on carbon and water cycling in managed and unmanaged forest ecosystems at multiple scales. Her primary areas of emphasis are: (1) quantifying rates of and driving mechanisms influencing water and carbon fluxes in trees across a range of environmental conditions; and (2) scaling these measurements spatially and temporally, often in a predictive manner, to make inferences on forest ecosystem processes (e.g., forest hydrologic and carbon cycles) under changing management or climatic conditions. Dr. Ford received her B.S. in Applied Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, her M.Sc. in Botany from the University of South Florida, and her Ph.D. in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia.
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