January 14, 2011

CTFS-SIGEO Temperate Forest Ecologist and Plot Coordinator Appointed: Dr. Sean McMahon

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Sean McMahon has joined the Center for Tropical Forest Science-Smithsonian Institution Global Earth Observatory (CTFS-SIGEO) to coordinate research and training activities for the Temperate Forest plots of the CTFS-SIGEO network.

Sean joins CTFS-SIGEO following a post-doctoral fellowship with the Smithsonian Institution where he worked with the Smithsonian’s Environmental Research Center (SERC) and Tropical Research Institute (STRI) to investigate the dynamics of temperate forests. Originally from Philadelphia, Sean earned his BA degree at the University of Texas, Austin, and his PhD at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he focused on plant demography. He then did postdoctoral research in forest demography at Duke University before beginning his fellowship at SI.

Sean's experience will greatly enhance the expanding CTFS-SIGEO program in temperate forests. He will be based at the CTFS-SIGEO office at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD.