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Forestry, Ecology, and Wildlife Program

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Associate Professor of Silviculture and Forest Ecological Management

100 Drake Dr
Alabama A&M University, ARC Bldg Rm 146
Normal, Alabama 35762
USA

Phone: 256-372-4545
Fax: 256-372-8404
Email: Luben.Dimov@aamu.edu 

 

Teaching

1. Introduction to Forestry, NRE 281, 3 credit hours, taught twice a year

2. Forest Ecology and Lab, NRE 389, 4 credit hours

3. Silviculture and Lab, NRE 375, 4 credit hours

4. Forest Ecological Management, NRE 474, 2 credit hours, pre-capstone course for Forestry majors

5. Forest Ecological Management Project and Lab, NRE 497, 4 credit hours, capstone course for Forestry majors

6. Ecological Restoration of Hardwood Forest Ecosystems,  NRE 586, 3 credit hours

7. Applied Forest Ecology, NRE 701, 3 credit hours

8. International Exchange and Study Abroad NRE 493/593, 3-6 credits

9. Special problems in Forestry, NRE 490, 3 credits

10. Assist with silviculture and mensuration during summer forestry field techniques


Current Research

 My general research interests involve various aspects of forest ecology, silviculture, and management. Some of my current research projects include:

    1. Relationship between forest diversity and productivity

    2. Effects of various degrees of overstory removal and fire frequency on tree regeneration, growth, community structure, and dynamics, as well as effects on the herbaceous species cover, richness, and diversity

    3. American chestnut restoration

    4. Relative performance of loblolly pine in agroforestry systems (silvopasture) and plantations


  

Selected Publications

Journal Publications


Ojha, S.K., Dimov, L.D. 2017. Variation in the diversity-productivity relationship in young forests of the eastern United States. PLOS ONE 12(11): e0187106. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0187106 

Ojha, S.K., Dimov, L.D. (Accepted). 2017. Linking hypothesized causal factors to aboveground biomass growth in forests of Alabama and the eastern US. Forest Systems.

Ojha, S.K., Dimov, L.D. (Accepted). 2017. ​Relationship between forest aboveground biomass growth and tree species richness, identity, and structureForestry Ideas.

Dimov, L.D., Howard, K.J., Leggett, Z.H., Sucre, E.B., Weninegar, L.L. 2015. Removal of organic matter from the forest floor in loblolly pine plantations increased ground-layer richness and diversity 16 years after treatment. Forest Science 61: 554-558.

Patterson, C.T., Dimov, L.D. 2013. Effect of shade and fertilizer supplement on survival and growth of American chestnut seedlings. Forestry Ideas 19(2):157-166.

Dimov, L.D., Chambers, J.L., Lockhart, B.R. 2013. Tree species exhibit complex patterns of distribution in bottomland hardwood forests. Annals of Forest Science 70:813-823.

Williams, J.R., Dimov, L.D. 2013. Effect of high-intensity directed fire in different seasons on survival and sprouting of royal paulownia (Paulownia tomentosa (Thunb.) Steud.). Forestry Ideas 19:27-40.

Clark, S.L., Schweitzer, C.J., Schlarbaum, S.E., Dimov, L.D., Herbard, F.V. 2009. Nursery quality and first-year response of American chestnut (Castanea dentata) seedlings planted in the southeastern United States. Tree Planter’s Notes 53:13-21.

Dimov, L.D., Chambers, J.L., Lockhart, B.R. 2008. Five-year radial growth of red oaks in mixed bottomland hardwood stands. Forest Ecology and Management 255:2790-2800.

Keim, R.F., Chambers, J.L, Hughes, M.S., Dimov, L.D., Conner, W.H., Shaffer, G.P., Gardiner, E.S., Day, J.W. 2006. Long-term success of stump sprouts in high-graded baldcypress–water tupelo swamps in the Mississippi delta. Forest Ecology and Management 234:24-33.

Dimov, L.D., Chambers, J.L., Lockhart, B.R. 2005. Spatial continuity of tree attributes in bottomland hardwood forests in the southeastern USA. Forest Science 51:532-540.

 

Proceedings

Barlow, R., Dimov, L.D., Connor, K., Smith, M. 2013. First year survival and growth of fertilized slash pine in south Alabama. Pp: 17-19. In: Guldin, James M., ed. 2013. Proceedings of the 15th Biennial Southern Silvicultural research conference. e-Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-175. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of ​​​Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 585 p.

Connor, K., Dimov, L.D., Barlow, R., Smith, M., Kirkland, E. 2013. Conversion of an oak seed orchard to oak silvopasture. Pp:469-471. In: Guldin, James M., ed. 2013. Proceedings of the 15th Biennial Southern Silvicultural research conference. e-Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-175. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 585 p.

Connor, K., Barlow, R., Dimov, L.D., Smith, M. 2012. Longleaf pine agroforestry. Pp. 71-75. In: Butnor, J.R., ed. Proceedings of the 16th Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference. e-Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-156. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 391p.

Zak, J., Dimov, L.D., Schweitzer, C.J., Clark, S.L. 2010. Relationship between herbaceous layer, stand, and site variables in the Bankhead National Forest, Alabama. pp. 95-99. In J. A. Stanturf, editor. Proceedings of the 14th Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference, February 26–28, 2007; Athens, GA. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-121. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 614p.

Stephens, J., Dimov, L.D., Schweitzer, C.J., Tadesse, W. 2008. Using LiDAR and color infrared imagery to successfully measure stand characteristics on the William B. Bankhead National Forest, Alabama. In Jacobs, D.F., Michler, C.H., eds.  Peer reviewed proceedings of the 16th Central Hardwood Forest Conference, 2008 West Lafayette, Indiana. GTR-NRS-P-24.

Clark, S.L., Torreano, S.J., Loftis, D.L., Dimov, L.D. 2007. Twenty-two year changes in regeneration potential in an old-growth Quercus forest on the mid-Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee. Peer reviewed proceedings of the 15th Central Hardwood Forest Conference, e-Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS 101. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station: 286-294 [CD-ROM].


v, L.D., Schweitzer, C.J. 2006. Overstory and regeneration structure and relationships in mixed stands on the southern Cumberland Plateau. Proceedings of the 15th Central Hardwood Forest Conference, February 27 – March 1, 2006. Knoxville, TN. 644-651

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ov, L.D., Stelzer, E.L, Wharton, K., Meadows, J.S, Chambers, J.L., Ribbeck, K., Moser, E.B. 2006. Effects of thinning intensity and crown class on cherrybark oak epicormic branching five years after treatment. In Connor, K.F. (ed.). Proceedings of the 13th Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-92. Asheville, NC: USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 606-610

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Keim, R.F., Chambers, J.L, Hughes, M.S., Gardiner, E.S., Conner, W.H., Day, J.W., Faulkner, S.P., King, S.L., McCleod, K.W., Miller, C.A., Nyman, J.A., Shaffer, G.P., Dimov, L.D. 2006. Long-term success of baldcypress stump sprouts. In Connor, K.F. (ed.). Proceedings of the 13th Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-92. Asheville, NC: USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 559-563.

Dimov, L.D., Lockhart, B.R., Chambers, J.L. 2004. Individual oak tree growth in southern bottomland hardwood stands (preliminary results). Proceedings of the 12th Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference. Connor, K.F. (ed.). Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-71. Asheville, NC: USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 292-295.​

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