The primary purpose for the founding of Tall Timbers was to conduct “…research on the effects of fire on quail, turkey, and other wildlife, as well as on vegetation of value as cover and food for wildlife, and experiments on controlled burning…”
— Henry Beadel will
Our primary research focus is the ecology and management of fire-dependent ecosystems, and wildlife, including bobwhite quail, in the Southeastern Coastal Plain. Long-term research is one of our hallmarks.
Tall Timbers Research
Fire is the common theme that encompasses every part of our research
from carbon sequestration to Northern Bobwhite population dynamics.
Our primary research focus is the ecology and management of fire-dependent ecosystems, and wildlife, including bobwhite quail, in the Southeastern Coastal Plain. Long-term research is one of our hallmarks. As we have discovered, often the dynamic nature of ecosystems is not revealed in a short-term project. While short-term projects help fill in the gaps, the longerterm studies give us the basic knowledge of how ecosystem processes work over many years and under varying weather conditions. We must understand the ecosystem processes in order to make wise recommendations for land management. One of the best contributions we can make to future generations is a legacy on the land that leaves intact, healthy ecosystems as a result of wise land management and stewardship.
The research context at Tall Timbers includes both heavily manipulated systems and natural systems. We have the benefit of being able to conduct research on formerly cultivated lands that are often called ‘old field’ lands, as well as the Wade Tract where the ground has never been plowed and the timber never logged. Much of the Southeast Coastal Plain was farmed at one time and the vegetation re-growth is very different than the historical plant community. The natural areas provide a benchmark for restoration studies. Understanding the differences and determining which differences are important to the various species we study helps us make better land management recommendations. We view land management as research. We apply our research to land management in an adaptive management fashion.