Walter Shortle

Walter Shortle

Senior Research Plant Pathologist

Degree: Ph.D. 1974 North Carolina University, Raleigh
Research Topic:
Biological and environmental influences on forest health and productivity

Research Program:

My research is focused on three areas:

  1. wood-destroying diseases initiated by wounds and tree response to limit the spread of wood-destroying infections following wounding
  2. the use of dendrochemical markers to detect and date major changes in root-zone chemistry related to acid deposition and other environmental perturbations
  3. the role of wood-destroying fungi in the biogeochemical cycling of calcium, a key element for regulating stability of the forest ecosystem