Ecological Forestry

"ecological forestry is less a philosophy of management and more of a framework, a toolbox if you will, for management of forests where the goal is to reduce the divergence between managed and natural ecosystems ..." Palik and D'Amato 2017

My research falls within the realm of understanding what ecological forestry "tools" we can use to reduce this divergence between managed and natural ecosystems. In particular, I am interested in how forest management decisions influence the flow of benefits - like timber, clean water, and carbon sequestration - that we have come to expect from forests. It is not enough to produce the science, but it is also important to translate the science into knowledge and put it into the hands of people making natural resource decisions.


Relevant Literature

Evans, A.M., Clark, F.A., 2017. Putting the Forest First. J. For. 115, 54–55.

Palik, B.J., D’Amato, A.W., 2017. Ecological Forestry: Much More Than Retention Harvesting. J. For. 115, 51–53.

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February 23, 2021

Would you like to spend a summer doing important bird research in the remote North Maine Woods? We are seeking a field assistant to participate in a study of birds and commercial forestry north of Moosehead Lake, Maine. The project is a replication of a study conducted by the Principal Investigators 30 years ago. The successful applicant will work with the Field Crew Leader on a daily basis. Lodging will be at a rustic logging camp about 45 miles west of Millinocket and 32 miles north of Greenville, in Northeast Carry Township (45.924829° -69.577224°).


Spruce Budworm Salvage Harvesting Research Featured in Northern Woodlands Magazine

September 9, 2020
Our recent paper, Forest Carbon Resilience of Eastern Spruce Budworm Salvage Harvesting in the Northeastern United States, is featured in the "Discoveries" section of the Autumn 2020 Issue of Northern Woodlands Magazine. The piece entitled "Deadwood: Salvage or Let it Lie?" is written by Todd McLeish. Read the article... Read more about Spruce Budworm Salvage Harvesting Research Featured in Northern Woodlands Magazine