Steve McNulty

SERCH Director

Dr. Steven McNulty is senior Landscape Ecologist with the USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station and USDA Professor of Ecology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has received many national and international awards, including the Forest Service’s Distinguished Scienctist Award and the Forest Service Chief’s Excellence in Science and Technology Award. Over the past 25 years, Dr. McNulty has conducted landscape scale modeling on studies on many components of forest ecology including carbon sequestration, forest hydrology, forest productivity, critical acid loading, and nitrogen saturation impacts. Previously, he spent five years as a research ecologist at the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, served as a United States Congressional Fellow in the 106th Congress, federally chaired a National Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on US Forests, and co-chaired the United States China Carbon Consortium. He has authored or co-authored over 200 papers in the area of environmental stress impacts on forest ecosystems. Currently Dr. McNulty serves on the Board of Directors for the Southeast Water Forum, on the editorial board for the Journal Environmental Pollution, and is a member (and former chair) of the North American Forestry Commission. Dr McNulty has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Natural Resources from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire, Durham.


Alan Franzluebbers


Dr. Alan Franzluebbers is a Research Ecologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Raleigh, NC. He serves as USDA Professor in the Department of Soil Science at North Carolina State University. Research is being conducted on soil ecology and management for development of more sustainable agricultural systems. Biological soil quality methods and soil organic carbon sequestration are tools often used to interpret the effects of management on soil resources. Recent areas of research are in multi-species cover cropping, agroforestry, integrated crop-livestock systems, nitrogen management, and conservation-tillage cropping. Research papers, editorials, and summary documents have been published in agricultural, soil science, and environmental journals. Alan recently served as Chair of the Croplands Research Group of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Soil Science Society of America and has been awarded Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America, the American Society of Agronomy, and the Soil and Water Conservation Society. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Nebraska and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.



Sarah Wiener

Southeast Regional Climate Hub Fellow

Sarah Wiener studies how climate information is communicated to land management professionals and land managers in the southeastern United States. Sarah initially joined the SERCH team in 2014 as the Coordinator, leading SERCH’s assessment of current climate change resources and managing outreach and partnerships within the farming, ranching, and forestry communities of the southeastern United States. Sarah completed her M.S. in Forestry at North Carolina State University in 2014. Her graduate research addressed rural livelihoods and how generational differences contribute to shifting woodland utilization in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Sarah graduated from the Honors Program at Iona College in New York with a B.A. in International Studies, where she excelled as a Division I volleyball player.



John Cobb

Support Staff

John Cobb interned with the Eastern Threat Center while pursuing his B.S. in Natural Resources and Master of Geospatial Information Science and Technology from North Carolina State University. After graduation he served as a GIS Specialist in the National Forest System before returning to the Eastern Threat Center as an IT Specialist in 2014.


Aurelia Baca

Support Staff

Aurelia Baca graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences and a minor in Mathematics. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Climate Change and Society from North Carolina State University. Aurelia will use her research background in weather and climate to assist with the Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options along with integrating climate variables into other tools.


Holli Kuykendall

Support Staff

Holli Kuykendall has been an NRCS National Technology Specialist since 2013 and has worked at the East National Technology Support Center since 2006. Holli manages the Science and Technology Training Library at for presentation of live and on-demand webinar training to NRCS, partners, and the public. She specializes in online training, documentation and presentation platforms, technical writing, and desktop publishing to develop electronic and print products that customers can use to help solve resource conservation issues. Holli is from Georgia and has degrees in agronomy from the University of Georgia (B.S. and Ph.D.) and Clemson University (M.S.).


Bill Gould

CCSH Director

Dr. William Gould is a research ecologist with the USDA Forest Service at the International Institute of Tropical Forestry in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico. His research involves integrating field and remote sensing data to analyze landscape patterns and processes in a wide range of ecosystems including tropical, temperate, boreal, and arctic biomes. He is active in studies of conservation science, biodiversity, ecology, land cover mapping, modeling future scenarios for conservation planning, and field education and outreach. He is the team leader of the Puerto Rico Gap Analysis Project and associated studies and the Coordinator of the Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative, and he leads the GIS and Remote Sensing Laboratory at IITF.

Edwin Almodovar, CCSH Co-PI
Caribbean Area Director of the Natural Resources Conservation Service

Ricardo Goenaga, CCSH Co-PI
Director of the USDA-ARS Tropical Agriculture Research Station