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Ralph Nyland

Ralph D. Nyland
Distinguished Service Professor

312 Bray Hall
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone: (315) 470-6574

Email: rnyland@syr.edu

Highest Education

Ph.D., Michigan State University (Silviculture and Forest Management), 1966.


Current Graduate Advisees

Graduate Advisees

Sarita BassilSarita Bassil
sbassil@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Nyland
  • Area of Study: Natural Resources Mgt

Favorite Quote
You must be the change you wish to see in the world (Mahatma Gandhi)


Valerie NewmanValerie Newman
vlnewman@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MF
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Nyland
  • Area of Study: Natural Resources Mgt

Ashley SimpsonAshley Simpson
arsimpso@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Nyland
  • Area of Study: Ecology and Ecosystems
  • Undergraduate Institute: Franklin Pierce College

Areas of Study

Silviculture, Forest practice.

  • FOR 232 Natural Resources Ecology (3 credits)
  • FOR 334 & FOR 534 (4 credits)
  • FOR 330 and FOR 530 (3 credits)
  • FOR 433 Advanced Silviculture
    3 credits
  • FOR 620 Silviculture Concepts and Applications
    3 credits

Selected Publications

Kenefic, L.S. and R.D. Nyland. 2000. Habitat diversity in uneven-aged northern hardwood stands: A case study. U.S. For. Serv. Res. Pap. NE-714.

Donoso, P.J., R.D. Nyland, and L. Zhang. 2000. Growth of saplings after selection cutting in northern hardwoods. N. J. Appl. For. 17(4):149-152

Nyland, R.D. 2000. Forestry and silviculture in the Northeast – Past, present, and the probable future. Pp. 319-325, in A Monumental Event. Proc SAF Natl Conv., Wash., DC. November 2000. Soc. Am. For., Wash., DC.

Goerlich, D.L. and R.D. Nyland. 2001. Reserve strip method as an alternative for regenerating eastern hemlock. N. J. Appl. For. 18(2):1-5.

Nyland, R.D. 2002. Silviculture: Concepts and Applications. McGraw-Hill Co., NY. 2ed.

Nyland, R.D. 2003. Even- to uneven-aged: The challenges of conversion. For. Ecol. And Manage.: 172 (2003) 291-300.

Bohn, K.K. and R.D. Nyland. 2003. Forecasting development of understory American beech after partial cutting in uneven-aged northern hardwood stands. For. Ecol. And Manage. :180(2003):453-461.

Nyland, R.D. 2003. Rehabilitating stands after diameter-limit cutting. In: Tolerant Hardwood Management Conference Proceedings. 8 May 2003, Univ. de Moncton-Campus d’Edmundston, NB. CD Rom. Univ. de Moncton – Edmundston. Edmundston, NB.

R.D. Nyland, Ray, D.G., and R.D. Yanai. 2003. Height development of upper-canopy trees within even-aged Adirondack northern hardwood stands. N.J. Appl. For. 21(3):117-122.

Nyland, R.D.. 2004. Diameter-limit cutting and silviculture: A comparison of long-term yields and values for uneven-aged sugar maple stands. North. J. Appl. For.: 22(2):111-116.

Nyland, R.D. 2004. Simple girdle kills small American beech (Fagus grandifolia Ehrh.). North. J. Appl. For.:21(4):220-221.

Nyland, R.D. 2003. The serious task of conversion – Changing conifer plantations to natural stands. In: p8-9. Abstracts. The Question of Conversion of Coniferous Forests. Intl. Conf., 27 Sept. – 02 Oct 2003. Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. J. Hansen, H.Spiecker, and K.vTeufel, Ed. Forstwissenschaftliche Fakultat, der Univ. Freiburg. Forstliche Versuchs- and Foreschumgstanstalt Baden-Wurttemberg Heft 47.

Lockhart, B.R. and R.D. Nyland 2004. Teaching professional codes of ethics to forestry and wildlife students: A case study using diameter-limit harvesting in a bottomland hardwood stands. In Proceedings of the Fifth Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources. Flagstaf, AZ. March 14-17, 2004. Nat. Resourc. And Environ. Issues XII:75-91.

Donoso, P.J. and R.D. Nyland. 2005. Seedling density according to forest structure, dominance and understory cover in old-growth forest stands of the evergreen forest type in the coastal range of Chile. Revista Chilena de Historia Natural 78(1):51-63.

Nyland, R.D. and S.A. McNulty. 2004. Interpretation of silvicultural terminology for forest and wildlife management: The example from Webb et al. 1977. J. Wild. Manage. 68(4):1159-1160.

Bashant, A.L., R.D. Nyland, H.M. Engelman, K.K. Bohn, J.M. Verostek, P.J. Donoso, and R.L. Nissen, Jr. 2005. The role of interfering plants in regenerating hardwood stands in Northeastern North America: An annotated bibliography for American beech (Fagus grandifolia Ehrh.), striped maple (Acer pennsylvanicum L.). hobblebush (Viburnum alnifolium Marsh.), hayscented fern (Dennstaedtia punctilobula L.), New York fern (Thelypteris noveborecensis L.), bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum L.), rasberries (Rubus spp.), and pin cherry (Prunus pennsylvanica L.f.). Univ. Maine, Maine Agric. and For. Exp[. Stn. Misc. Publ. 753.

Kenefic, L.S., and R.D. Nyland. 2005. Diameter-limit cutting and silviculture in northeastern forests. US For. Serv. NA-TP-02-05.

Nyland, R.D. 2006. Diameter-limit cutting and silviculture in northern hardwoods. Pp. 16-23, in Proceedings of the Conference on Diameter-limit Cutting in Northeastern Forests. L.S. Kenefic and R.D. Nyland, eds. US For. Serv. Gen. Tech. Rpt. NE-324. Proceedings of the Conference on Diameter-limit Cutting in Northeastern Forests. L.S. Kenefic and R.D. Nyland, eds. US For. Serv. Gen. Tech. Rpt. NE-324.

Nyland, R.D. 2006 Rehabilitating cutover stands: Some ideas to ponder. Pp. 47-51, in Proceedings of the Conference on Diameter-limit Cutting in Northeastern Forests. L.S. Kenefic and R.D. Nyland, eds. US For. Serv. Gen. Tech. Rpt. NE-324. Proceedings of the Conference on Diameter-limit Cutting in Northeastern Forests. L.S. Kenefic and R.D. Nyland, eds. US For. Serv. Gen. Tech. Rpt. NE-324.

Nyland, R.D., A.L. Bashant, K.K. Bohn, and J.M. Verostek. 2006. Interference to hardwood regeneration in Northeastern North America: Ecologic characteristics of American beech, striped maple, and hobblebush. North. J. Appl. For.: 23(1):53-61.

Nyland, R.D., A.L. Bashant, K.K. Bohn, and J.M. Verostek. 2006. Interference to hardwood regeneration in Northeastern North America: Controlling effects of American beech, striped maple, and hobblebush. North. J. Appl. For.: 23(2):122-132.

Engelman, H.M. and R.D. Nyland. 2006. Interference to hardwood regeneration in Northeastern North America: Assessing and countering fern interference. North. J. Appl. For.: 23(3):166-175.

Donoso, P.J., and R.D. Nyland. 2006. Interference to hardwood regeneration in Northeastern North America: The effects of raspberries (Rubus spp.) following clearcutting and shelterwood methods. North. J. Appl. For.:23(4):288-296.

Bohn, K.K., and R.D. Nyland. 2006. Long-term monitoring of stand development after selection system in uneven-aged northern hardwoods of New York State. Pp. 53-61, in Long-term Silvicultural & Ecological Studies. L.C. Irland, A.E. Camp, J.C. Brissette, and Z.R. Donohew (eds.). Yale Sch. For. and Environ. Stud, Global Inst. Sustain. For., GISF Res. Pap. 005.

Nyland, R. D., A.L. Bashant, E.F. Heitzman, and J.M. Verostek. 2007. Interference to Hardwood Regeneration in Northeastern North America: Pin Cherry and Its Effects. North. J. Appl. For.: 24(1):52-60.

Kenefic, L.S. and R.D. Nyland 2007. Cavity trees, snags, and selection cutting: A northern hardwood case study. North. J. Appl. For.: 24(3):192-196

Root, H.T., G.G. McGee, and R.D. Nyland. 2007. Effects of two silvicultural regimes with large tree retention on epiphytic macrolichen communities in Adirondack northern hardwoods, New York, USA. Can. J. For. Res. 37:1854-1866.

Nyland, R.D. 2008. The decline in forestry education enrollment – Some observations and opinions. Bosque: 29(23):105-108.

Kiernan, D.H., E. Bevilacqua, and R.D. Nyland. 2008. Individual-tree diameter growth model for sugar maple trees in uneven-aged northern hardwood stands under selection system. For. Ecol. and Manage.: 256(2009):1579-1586.

Nyland, R.D. 2008. Origin of small, understory beech in New York northern hardwoods. North. J. Appl. For.: 25(3):161-163.

Kiernan, D.H., E. Bevilacqua, R.D. Nyland, and L. Zhang. 2009. Modeling tree mortality in low- to medium-density uneven-aged hardwood stands under selection system using generalized estimating equations. For. Sci.: 55(4):343-351.

Nyland, R.D. 2009. Silviculture and invasive insects: Dealing with hemlock wooly adelgid, emerald ash borer, and Asian longhorned beetle. Cornell Univ. Coop. Ext. ForestConnect Fact Sheet. P.J. Smallidge (ed.). Cornell Coop. Ext. Serv., Ithaca, NY. 6 p.

Smallidge, P.J., and R.D. Nyland. 2009. Woodland guidelines for the control and management of American beech. Cornell Univ. Coop. Ext. ForestConnect Fact Sheet. P.J. Smallidge (ed.). Cornell Coop. Ext. Serv., Ithaca, NY. 6 p.

Nyland, R.D., and D. H. Kiernan. 2010. Form class and its use in estimating sawtimber volume in sugar maple trees, North. J. Appl. For 27(2):75-77.

Wagner, S., C. Collet, P. Madsen, T. Nakashizuka, R.D. Nyland, and K. Sagheb-Talebi. 2010. Beech regeneration research: From ecological to silvicultural aspects. For. Ecol. Manage.: 259(2010):2172-2182.

Kraemer, M.J., and Nyland, R.D. 2010. Hardwood crown injuries and crown rebuilding following Ice storm damage: A literature review. US For. Serv. Gen. Tech. Rpt.: GTR-NRS-60. http://nrs.fs.fed.us/pubs/34892

Nyland, R.D. 2010. The shelterwood method: Adapting to different management options. J. For.: 108(8):419-420.

Ray, D., R.D. Yanai, R.D. Nyland, and T.R. McConnell. 2011. Growing-space relationships on young even-aged northern hardwood stands based on individual-tree and plot-level measurements. North. J. Appl. For: 28(1):27-35.

Bohn, K.K., R.D. Nyland, and R.D. Yanai. 2011. Comparing selection system and diameter-limit cutting in uneven-aged northern hardwoods using computer simulation. Can. J. For. Res. 41:963-973.

Paehizkar, P., K. Sagheb-Talebi, A. Mataji, R. Nyland, and M. Namiranian. 2011 Silvicultural characteristics of oriental beech (Fagus orientalis Lipsky) regeneration under different RLI and positions within gaps. For. 84(2):177-185. 

Kiernan, D.H., E. Bevilacqua, and R.D. Nyland. 2011. Predicting Sugar Maple Mortality in Managed Uneven-aged Northern Hardwood Stands. North. J. Appl. For. 29(1):43-45.

D.E. Swift, D.H. Kiernan, E. Bevilacqua, and R.D. Nyland. 2112. Predicting future diameter of sugar maple in uneven-aged stands of west-central New Brunswick and New York. For. Chron. 88(4):420-425.


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