Gonzalez-Benecke, Carlos

Assistant Professor

Director, Vegetation Management Research Cooperative (VMRC)

Office Location: 
Snell 315
Email Address: 
Curriculum Vitae: 

2009 PhD, School of Forest Resources and Conservations, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

1997 Industrial Engineer Diploma, Universidad de Concepción, Concepción, Chile

1993 Forest Engineer (B.S. Forestry), Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile

Areas of Interest: 
  • Intensive Silviculture Management
  • Vegetation management effects on planted forests
  • Environmental sustainability of intensive forest management
  • Ecophysiology of managed forest stands.
  • Process-based modeling
Current Programs: 

Vegetation management effects on planted forests; forest ecophysiology

Graduate Students: Herman Flamenco (MS), Christopher Hubbard (MS), 

Recent Publications: 

C.A. Gonzalez-Benecke, R.O. Teskey, Dinon-Aldridge, H. and T.A. Martin. 2017. Pinus taeda growth predictions in the 21st century varies with site mean annual temperature and site quality. Global Change Biology. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13717.

A. Susaeta, D.C. Adams, C.A. Gonzalez-Benecke and J. Soto. 2017. Economic feasibility of managing loblolly pine forests for water production under climate change in the Southeastern United States. Forests. DOI: 10.3390/f8030083.

J.R. Butnor, K.H. Johnsen, S. Zarnoch, C. Boot, T.A. Stokes J.A. Jackson,  L.J. Samuelson, K.A. Heckman, P.H. Anderson, C.A. González-Benecke and F. Cotrufo. 2017. Vertical distribution and persistence of soil organic carbon in fire-adapted longleaf pine forests. Forest Ecology and Management 390:15-26.

L.J. Samuelson, T.A. Stokes, J. R. Butnor, K.H. Johnsen, C.A. Gonzalez-Benecke, T. A. Martin, W. P. Cropper, Jr. P. Anderson,  M. Ramirez and J. Lewis. 2017. Ecosystem carbon density and allocation across a chronosequence of longleaf pine forests. Ecological Applications 27:244-259.

M. Wightman, T.A. Martin, C.A. Gonzalez-Benecke, E.J. Jokela, W.P. Cropper Jr., and E.J. Ward. 2016. Response of loblolly pine to throughfall reduction and fertilizer application. Forests. DOI: 10.3390/f7100214.

T. J. Dreaden, A. S. Campbell, C.A. Gonzalez-Benecke, R. C. Ploetz and J. A. Smith. 2016. Response of swamp bay, Persea palustris, and redbay, P. borbonia, to Raffaelea spp. isolated from Xyleborus glabratus. Forest Pathology. DOI: 10.1111/efp.12288.

A. Susaeta, D.C. Adams, D.R. Carter, C.A. Gonzalez-Benecke and P. Dwivedi. 2016. Technical, allocative, and total profit efficiency of loblolly pine forests under changing climatic conditions. Forest Policy and Economics 72:106-114.

C. A. Silva, A. T. Hudak, L. A. Vierling, E. L. Loudermilk, J. J. O’Brien, J. K. Hiers, S. B. Jack, C. A. Gonzalez-Benecke, H. Lee, M. J. Falkowski and A. Khosravipour. 2016. Imputation of individual longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Mill.) tree attributes from field and LiDAR data. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing 42:554-573.

J.R. Butnor, L.J. Samuelson, T.A. Stokes, K.H. Johnsen, P.H. Anderson and C.A. González-Benecke. 2016. Surface-based GPR underestimates below-stump root biomass. Plant and Soil. 402:47-62.

C.A. Gonzalez-Benecke, R.O. Teskey, T.A. Martin, E.J. Jokela, T.R. Fox, M.B. Kane and A. Noormets. 2016. Regional validation and improved parameterization of the 3-PG model for Pinus taeda stands, Forest Ecology and Management 361:237-256.

R.E. Will, T. Fox, M. Akers, J-C Domec, C.A. González-Benecke, E. Jokela, M. Kane, M.A. Laviner, G. Lokuta, D. Markewitz, M.A. McGuire, C. Meek, A. Noormets, L. Samuelson, J. Seiler, B. Strahm, R. Teskey, J. Vogel, E. Ward, J. West, D. Wilson and T. Martin. 2015. A range-wide experiment to investigate nutrient and soil moisture interactions in loblolly pine plantations, Forests 6: 2014-2028.

C.A. Gonzalez-Benecke, L.J. Samuelson, T.A. Martin,  W.P. Cropper, Jr., T.A. Stokes, J. R. Butnor, K.H. Johnsen and P.H. Anderson.  2015. Modeling the effects of forest management on in situ and ex situ longleaf pine forest carbon stocks, Forest Ecology and Management, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2015.02.029.

C.A. Gonzalez-Benecke, L.J. Samuelson, Jr., T.A. Stokes, T.A. Martin, W.P. Cropper, Jr. and K.H. Johnsen. 2015. Understory plant biomass dynamics of prescribed burned Pinus palustris stands, Forest Ecology and Management 344: 84-94.

C.A. Gonzalez-Benecke, A.J. Riveros-Walker, T.A. Martin, and G.F. Peter. 2015. Automated quantification of intra-annual density fluctuations using microdensity profiles of mature Pinus taeda in a replicated irrigation experiment, Trees Structure and Function 29:185-197.

K.H. Johnsen, T. Keyser, J.R. Butnor, C.A. Gonzalez-Benecke, D.J. Kaczmarek, C.A. Maier, H.R. McCarthy and G. Sun. 2014. Forest productivity and carbon sequestration of forests in the southern United States. In: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Management Options: A Guide for Natural Resource Managers in Southern Forest Ecosystems, Edited by J.M. Vose and K.D. Klepzig. CRC Press, pp 193-247.

C.A. Gonzalez-Benecke, S.A. Gezan, T.J. Albaugh, H.L. Allen, H.E. Burkhart, T.R. Fox, E.J. Jokela, C.A. Maier, T.A. Martin, R.A. Rubilar, and L.J. Samuelson. 2014. Local and general above-stump biomass functions for loblolly and slash pine trees, Forest Ecology and Management 334:254-276.

C.A. Gonzalez-Benecke, E.J. Jokela, W.P. Cropper Jr., R. Bracho and D.J. Leduc. 2014. Parameterization of model 3-PG for Pinus elliottii stands using alternative methods to estimate fertility rating, biomass partitioning and canopy closure, Forest Ecology and Management 327:55-75.

C.A. Gonzalez-Benecke, S.A. Gezan, L.J. Samuelson, W.P. Cropper Jr., D.J. Leduc and T.A. Martin. 2014. Estimating Pinus palustris tree diameter and stem volume from tree height, crown area and stand-level parameters, Journal of Forestry Research 25:43-52.

Samuelson, L.J., T.A. Stokes, J.R. Butnor, K. Johnsen, C.A. Gonzalez-Benecke, P. Anderson, J. Jackson, L. Ferrari, T.A. Martin, and W.P. Cropper Jr. 2014. Ecosystem carbon stocks in Pinus palustris Mill. Forests, Canadian Journal of Forest Research 44:476-486.

C.A. Gonzalez-Benecke, S.A. Gezan, T.A. Martin, W.P. Cropper Jr., L.J. Samuelson and D.J. Leduc. 2014. Individual tree diameter, height, and volume functions for longleaf pine, Forest Science 60:43-56.

C.A. Gonzalez-Benecke, A.I. Susaeta, T.A. Martin, E.J. Jokela, and D. Carter. 2014. Balancing revenue and nutrient removals in Pinus elliottii Engelm. stands managed for pinestraw and wood production, Forest Science 60:109-118.

C.A. Gonzalez-Benecke, E.J. Jokela and T.A. Martin. 2012. Modeling the effects of stand development, site quality, and silviculture on leaf area index, litterfall, and forest floor accumulation in loblolly and slash pine plantations, Forests Science 58:457-471.

A.I. Susaeta, C.A. Gonzalez-Benecke E.J. Jokela, T.A. Martin and D. Carter. 2012. Economical sustainability of pinestraw raking in slash pine stands in the Southeastern U.S., Ecological Economics 80:89-100.

C.A. Gonzalez-Benecke, S.A. Gezan, D.J. Leduc, T.A. Martin, W.P. Cropper Jr., and L.J. Samuelson. 2012. Modeling survival, yield, volume partitioning and their response to thinning for longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Mill.) plantations, Forests 3:1104-1132.

C.A. Gonzalez-Benecke, T.A. Martin and W.P. Cropper, Jr. 2011. Whole-tree water relations of co-occurring mature Pinus palustris and Pinus elliottii, Canadian Journal of Forest Research 41:509-523.

C.A. Gonzalez-Benecke, T.A. Martin and E.J. Jokela. 2011. A flexible hybrid model of life cycle carbon balance of loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) management systems, Forests 2:749-776.

C.A. Gonzalez-Benecke and T.A. Martin. 2010. Water availability and genetic effects on water relations of loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) stands, Tree Physiology 30:376-392.

C.A. Gonzalez-Benecke, T.A. Martin and G.F. Peter. 2010. Hydraulic architecture and tracheid allometry in mature Pinus palustris and Pinus elliottii trees, Tree Physiology 30:361-375.

C.A. Gonzalez-Benecke, T.A. Martin, W.P. Cropper Jr. and R. Bracho. 2010. Forest management effects on in situ and ex situ slash pine forest carbon balance, Forest Ecology and Management 260:795-805.

C.A. Gonzalez-Benecke, G.F. Peter, A. Clark III and T.A. Martin. 2010. Water availability and genetic effects on wood properties of loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.), Canadian Journal of Forest Research 40:2265-2277.