Russell Briggs

Russell D. Briggs
Director, Division of Environmental Science

202 Baker Lab
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone: (315) 470-6989


Highest Education

Ph.D. SUNY-ESF (Forest Soils), 1985.

Areas of Study

Forest soils, Silviculture.

Courses Taught

  • FOR 345 Introductory Soils
  • FOR 535 Advanced Forest Soils
  • FOR 446 Soil Genesis, Classification and Mapping
  • FOR 635 Forest Soils and Their Analyses

Current Graduate Advisees

Graduate Advisees

Spencer BuslerSpencer Busler

  • Degree Sought: MPS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Briggs
  • Area of Study: Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Matthew CowenMatthew Cowen

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Briggs
  • Area of Study: Ecology and Ecosystems

Nicolette FruehanNicolette Fruehan

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Briggs
  • Area of Study: Ecology and Ecosystems

Wiesye PelupessyWiesye Pelupessy

  • Degree Sought: MPS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Briggs and Sonnenfeld
  • Area of Study: Water & Wetland Resource Studies
  • Undergraduate Institute: Petra Christian University (Architecture)

Graduate Research Topic
Public Participation in Water Resource Planning and Management

Evan SweeneyEvan Sweeney

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Briggs
  • Area of Study: Natural Resources Mgt

Most Recent Publications


McKinley, D.C. A.J. Miller-Rushing, H.L. Ballard, R. Bonney, H. Brown, D.M. Evans, R.A. French, J.K. Parrish, T.B. Phillips, S.F. Ryan, L.A. Shanley, J.L. Shirk, K.F. Stepenuck, J.F. Weltzin, A. Wiggins, O.D. Boyle, R.D. Briggs, S.F. Chapin III, D.A. Hewitt, P.W. Preuss, and M.A. Soukup. 2015. Investing in citizen science can improve natural resource management and environmental protection? Issues in Ecology. Report No. 19. Fall 2015. The Ecological Society of America. 27 pp. 

D.S. Ross, D.S., S.W. Bailey, R.D. Briggs, J. Curry, I.J. Fernandez, G. Fredriksen, C.L. Goodale, P.W. Hazlett, P.R. Heine, C.E. Johnson, J.T. Larson, G.B. Lawrence, R.K. Kolka, R. Ouimet, D. Paré, D.D. Richter, C.D. Schirmer, R.A. Warby. 2015. Inter-laboratory variation in the chemical analysis of acidic forest soil reference samples from eastern North America. Ecosphere. 6(5):73.

Pacaldo, R. S., T.A. Volk, and R.D. Briggs. 2014. Carbon sequestration in fine roots and foliage biomass offests soil CO2 effluxes along a 19-year chronosequence of shrub willow (Salix x dasayclados) biomass crops. Biomass and Bioenergy. 58:136-142.

Pacaldo, R.S., T.A. Volk, R.D. Briggs, L. Abrahamson, E.Bevilacqua, and E. Fabio. 2014. Soil CO2 effluxes, temporal and spatial variations, and root respiration in shrub willow biomass crops fields along a 19-year chronosequence as affected by regrowth and removal treatments. GCB Bioenergy 6(5):488-498.

Pradhanang, S.M. and R.D. Briggs. 2014. Effects of critical source area on sediment yield and streamflow. Water and Env. J. 28(2): 222-232

McKinley, D.C., R.D. Briggs, and A.M. Bartuska. 2012. When peer-reviewed publications are not enough! Delivering science for natural resource management. Forest Policy and Economics. 21:1-11.

Tumwebaze, S.B., E. Bevilaqua, R.D. Briggs, and T.A. Volk. 2012. Soil organic carbon under a linear simultaneous agroforestry system in Uganda., Agroforestry Systems. 84:11-23.

Briggs, R.D., and T.H. Horton. 2011. Chapter 6: Out of sight, underground: forest health, edaphic factors, and mycorrhizae. In: Forest Health: An Integrated Perspective, (ed). John D. Castello and Stephen A. Teale. Cambridge University Press. 163-194.

Fatemi, F.R., R.D. Yanai, S.P. Hamburg, M.A. Vadeboncoeur, M.A. Arthur, R.D. Briggs, and C.R. Levine. 2011. Allometric equations for young northern hardwoods: the importance of age-specific equations for estimating aboveground biomass. Can. J. For. Res. 41: 881-891. doi: 10.1139/x10-248

Slesak, R.A. and R.D. Briggs. 2010. Foliar mass and nutrition of Abies concolor Christmas trees following application of organic and Inorganic fertilizer. North J. Appl. For. 27(1):28-33.

Briggs, R.D. Soils of the Adirondacks: Out of Site, Out of Mind. 2009. In: W.F. Porter , J.D. Erickson, and R.S. Whaley (eds.). The great experiment in conservation: voices from the Adirondack Park. Chapt. 3, Syracuse University Press, Syracuse NY

Homyak, P.M., R.D. Yanai, D.A. Burns, R.D. Briggs, and R.H. Germain. 2008. Nitrogen immobilization by wood-chip application: Protecting water quality in a northern hardwood forest. For. Ecol. Manage. 255: 2589-2601.

Young, E.O., and R.D. Briggs. 2008. Phosphorus concentrations in soil and subsurface water: a field study among cropland and riparian buffers. J. Env. Qual. 37:69-78.

Mayfield, A.E., D.C. Allen, and R.D. Briggs. 2007. Site and stand conditions associated with pine false webworm populations and damage in mature eastern white pine plantations. North. J. App. For. 24(3):168-176.

Slesak, R.A., and R.D. Briggs. 2007. Christmas tree response to N fertilization and the development of critical foliar N levels in New York. North. J. Appl. For. 24(3):209-217

Young, E., and R.D. Briggs. 2007. Nitrogen Dynamics Among Cropland and Riparian Buffers: Soil-Landscape Influences. J. Env. Qual. 36:801-814

Slesak, R.A., and R.D. Briggs. 2006. Christmas tree response to N fertilization and the development of critical foliar N levels in New York. North. J. Appl. For. In press

Young, E.O., and R.D. Briggs. 2005. Shallow ground water nitrate-N and ammonium-N in cropland and riparian buffers. Ag. Ecosystems Environ. 109: 297-309.

Mayfield, A.E., D.C. Allen, and R.D. Briggs. 2005 Radial growth impact of pine false webworm defoliation on eastern white pine. Can. J. For. Res. 35(5): 1071-1086.


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