H.H. "Hank" Shugart

W.W. Corcoran Professor of Natural History (Emeritus) and Research Professor

Herman H. (“Hank”) Shugart, Jr. is a systems ecologist whose primary research interests focus on the simulation modeling of forest ecosystems. He has developed and tested models of biogeochemical cycles, energy flow and secondary succession. In his most recent work, he uses computer models to simulate the growth, birth and death of each tree on small forest plots. The simulations describe changes in forest structure and composition over time, in response to both internal and external sources of perturbation. The models are applied at spatial scales ranging in size from small forest gaps to entire landscapes and at temporal scales of years to millennia.

Hank is the W.W. Corcoran Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Georgia in 1971, and worked for the next 13 years in Tennessee — eventually as a Senior Research Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and as a Professor in Botany and the Graduate Program in Ecology at the University of Tennessee. In 1984, he moved to his current position at University of Virginia. Dr. Shugart has also served as a Visiting Fellow in the Australian National University (1978-1979, 1993-1994), in Australia’s Commonwealth Industrial and Scientific Research Organization, Division of Land Use Research (1982) and Division of Wildlife and Ecology (1993-1994), in the International Meteorological Institute at the University of Stockholm, Sweden (1984), and in the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria (1987,1989). He has served on the editorial board of several scholarly journals including Ecology and Ecological Monographs, Annual Reviews in Ecology and Systematics, Biological Conservation, Landscape Ecology, Journal of Vegetation Science, Forest Science, Global Change Biology and The Australian Journal of Botany. He is Editor-in Chief of Oxford Research Encyclopedia, Environmental Science, Oxford University Press, New York. Hank has served as the major advisor to 26 completed Masters students, 56 completed PhD students and 22 Post-doctoral Associates. He is the author of 457 publications including 13 books (plus 7 additional reprintings), 96 book chapters and 213 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

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Recent Books by Hank H. Shugart:

Shugart, H.H. (Editor-in-Chief). 2014. Oxford Research Encyclopedia, Environmental Science. Oxford University Press, New York.

Shugart, H.H. 2004. How the Earthquake Bird got Its Name and Other Tales of an Unbalanced Nature. Yale University Press, New Haven, Connecticut. 227 pp.

Shugart, H.H. and F.I. Woodward. 2011. Global Change and the Terrestrial Biosphere: Achievements and Challenges. Wiley-Blackwell Press, Oxford. 242 pp.

Shugart, H.H. 2014. Foundations of the Earth: Global Ecological Change and The Book of Job. Columbia University Press, New York. 354 pp.


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Forest Sampling (EVSC 4160)
Study of quantitative methods for sampling forest ecosystems

Management of Forest Ecosystems (EVEC 4100/EVSC 7100)
An ecosystem course which treats the ecology of forests and consequences of forest processes in natural and managed systems. The class emphasizes the "pattern and process" concept that is the central theme in modern vegetation sciences at increasing scales: from form and function of leaves and other parts of trees through population, community and landscape ecology to the role of forests in the global climate and carbon-cycling.

Human Culture & Environ Change (EVSC 4559)