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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Maine Birds Summer Field Jobs - 2022

January 11, 2022

The Maine 30-Year Bird Project is hiring technicians for the 2022 Summer field season to conduct bird and vegetation surveys in the commercial forestland of the Maine North Woods. This project seeks to understand A) the range of forest types occupied by each species in the avian community, B) how bird abundances and habitat associations have changed since the 1990s, and C) how such regional changes relate to continental-scale bird declines. Work will be conducted both in actively managed commercial forests and on adjacent conservation land. Hiring will be through SIG-NAL (

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Maine 30-Year Bird Project In the News

Maine 30-Year Bird Project In the News

August 8, 2021

We just wrapped up the first field season for the "30-Year Bird Project" in northern Maine. I'm excited to be collaborating with old friends and colleagues to return to a landscape where we all worked nearly 30 years ago investigating the relationship between songbird communities and managed forests. The Portland Press Herald featured the project on the front page of the Sunday paper. UNH Summer Research Technician Kelsi Anderson spent the field season working with Tufts University PhD student Jonah Levy doing songbird point counts and collecting vegetation data on 120 plots in remote...

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