Research Projects

Our Center and partners are involved in research projects addressing a variety of interface issues. You can download project descriptions and related publications from here.   View the InterfaceSouth research handout here.

 
Fire Research
Flammability of Natural Vegetation and Home Landscapes
This study is comprised of three research projects that were designed to address the issues of wildfire hazard in the wildland-urban interface and investigate different facets of natural vegetation and home landscape flammability. They provide information to help guide firewise planning and to improve fire behavior modeling for urban settings. Research is being conducted in partnership with the University of Florida's School of Forest Resources and Conservation.
Fuel Reduction Options for Landowners at the Wildland-Urban Interface
This study includes two parts: (1) a review of fuel reduction options available to small landowners and (2) a comparison of the effectiveness, longevity and costs of three fuel reduction treatments in the South. Research was conducted through a partnership with the University of Florida's School of Forest Resources and Conservation.
Post-fire Assessment of Interface Landscapes
This study looked at how building materials and the arrangement and composition of landscape plants influence structural vulnerability during wildfires. Research was conducted through a partnership with the University of Florida's School of Forest Resources and Conservation.
Wildfire Risk Assessment Guide for Homeowners in the Southern United States
This assessment and accompanying guidelines were designed to provide information about fire risk focused on individual properties throughout the South, as a complement to guidelines available for whole communities. The guide was developed through a partnership with the University of Florida's School of Forest Resources and Conservation.
Urban Effects Research
Gainesville Urban Forest Effects Project
The primary objective of this research project is to monitor how the urban forest changes over time in a small urban city in the South.
Analysis of Urbanization Effects on Forest Vegetation
This research project will help to develop an integrated approach to monitoring changes from urbanization to ecological and social systems in the Florida Panhandle. Research is being conducted in partnership with Auburn University's Center for Forest Sustainability.
Cultural Dimensions of Landscape Change in the Florida Panhandle
This research examines the cultural dimension of landscape change in Franklin and Gulf Counties, Florida. Research is being conducted in partnership with Florida A&M University.