Ralph D. Nyland
219 Marshall Hall
One Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210-2788
(315) 470-6574
rnyland@syr.edu

 

Vitae

Education
State University College of Forestry at Syracuse University, B.S. Forestry (1958), M.S. Silviculture (1959)

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


Work Experience
1959-64 Forester, NYS Conservation Department, at Oneonta, N.Y.

1967-77 Senior Research Associate, Applied Forestry Research Institute, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, N.Y.

1977-81 Associate Professor of Silviculture, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, N.Y.

1981-97 Professor of Silviculture, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, N.Y.

1994-1999 Coordinator, Ecosystem Management and Forest Productivity Program Area, NY Center for Forestry Research And Development, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, N.Y.

1997- present SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, N.Y.


Major Research Projects
Controlling Beech and Other Understory Plants That Interfere With Hardwood Regeneration

Assessing the Impacts of Diameter-limit and Other Exploitative Cuttings

Effects of Silvicultural Treatments on the Habitat for Wildlife in Northern Hardwood Stands

Regenerating Northern Hardwood Forests In New York State

Selection System Silviculture for Managing Wildlife Habitat in Uneven-aged Northern Hardwoods

Forecasting Growth and Development of Northern Hardwood Stands Managed Under Alternate Selection Systems

Evaluating Shelterwood and Clearcutting Methods for Regenerating Northern Hardwoods

Development of Immature Even-aged Northern Hardwood Stands And The Effects of Cultural Treatments

Regeneration of Transition Oak Stands, Including Use of Prescribed Fire

Forest Community Types for New York's Adirondack Mountains, and Their Productivity

Development of Natural Forest Communities in Exurban Areas of Onondaga County, N.Y.

Task Force Participation
National Task Force on Appropriate Use of Silvicultural Systems for Major Forest Types of the United States, Society of American Foresters

Intensive Harvesting and Clearcutting Study Committee, Adirondack Park Agency and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Ad Hoc Committee on Clearcutting and Timber Harvesting in Wetlands, Adirondack Park Agency

Governor's Task Force On Forest Industry in New York State - Technical consultant

Governor's Task Force on the Future of the Adirondacks for the 21st Century -- Technical consultant

Audubon New York's Forest stewardship Outreach Program


Awards
Outstanding Timber Harvesting Research Award, Northeastern Logger's Association, 1976

Heiberg Memorial Award, New York Forest Owners Association, 1978

U.S. Forest Service 75th Anniversary Award For Contributions to Forestry and Conservation, 1980

Fellow, Society of American Foresters, 1986

Forester of the Year, NY Society of American Foresters, 1997

Publications
Has authored or coauthored more than 147 technical publications, written two books, and edited another. The most recent book titled Silviculture: Concepts And Applications (2ed), published by McGraw-Hill in March 2002, and reissued (2007) by Waveland Press, Inc.