Portrait of David Ford

David Ford

Professor Emeritus

Environmental & Forest Sciences

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David Ford studies the dynamics of tree canopies. His work includes gaining understanding of how leaves and shoots grow in an environment where there is competition for light, how the overall productivity of a foliage canopy is controlled, and, with respect to tree canopies, how old trees manage to achieve great ages without continually expanding their crowns. He approaches his questions through a combination of experimental work, in both greenhouse and field, and computer modeling. He is the Director of the Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC), located in Forks, Washington, which serves as a catalyst for interdisciplinary and collaborative work, bringing together expertise from forest resources and ocean and fishery sciences. By integrating research with education and outreach, the ONRC unites researchers, students, professionals, and the public. He also holds the Rachel Woods Professorship in Reforestation.