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The Southern Research Station (SRS) has the distinction of employing the first woman research forester in the U.S. Forest Service. It was 1930 when Margaret Stoughton Abell began her pioneering work with what was known then as the Appalachian Forest Experiment Station—a time when some may have wondered, “Can a woman fill the position of a man in the field of forestry?” Today, many women serve as SRS scientists, and many more support the Station’s research endeavors in technical and administrative roles. What do they love about their work? What paths led them to their careers? What challenges have they faced along the way? We invite you to meet them as part of a new Women in Science feature. We hope you’ll find their profiles interesting and inspiring.


Portrait of Callie Schweitzer

Callie Schweitzer

Research Forester with the SRS Upland Hardwood Ecology and Management Unit in Huntsville, AL

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Portrait of Meghan Downes

Meghan Downes

Research Economist with the SRS Economics and Policy Research Unit in Research Triangle Park, NC

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Portrait of Joan Walker

Joan Walker

Research Ecologist with the SRS Restoring Longleaf Pine Ecosystems Research Unit in Clemson, SC

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Portrait of Stacy Clark

Stacy Clark

Research Forester with the SRS Upland Hardwood Ecology and Management Research Unit in Knoxville, TN

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Portrait of Viniece Jennings

Viniece Jennings

Research Scientist with the SRS Integrating Human and Natural Systems Research Unit in Athens, GA

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Portrait of Susan Loeb

Susan Loeb

Research Ecologist with the SRS Upland Hardwood Ecology and Management Research Unit in Clemson, SC

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Portrait of Susie Adams

Susie Adams

Research Aquatic Ecologist and Team Leader with the SRS Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research Unit in Oxford, MS

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