Director, Div of Env Science, Distinguished Teaching Prof
202 Baker Lab
Ph.D. SUNY-ESF (Forest Soils), 1985.
Areas of Study
Forest soils, Silviculture.
- FOR 345 Introductory Soils
- FOR 535 Advanced Forest Soils
- FOR 635 Forest Soils and Their Analyses
Most Recent Publications
Richmond, T., R.H. Germain, K. Brown, R. Briggs, and S. Stehman. 2023. Comparing single-wheel attachable track to chains and bare tires on skidders for mitigating soil disturbance during harvesting operations. International Journal of Forest Engineering 34(1) https://doi.org/10.1080/14942119.2022.2121086.
Smith, C.T., R.D. Briggs, I. Stupak, C. Preece, A. Rezai-Stevens, B. Barusco, B.E. Roth, I.J. Fernandez, and M.J. Simpson. 2022. Effects of whole-tree and stem-only clearcutting on forest floor and soil carbon and nutrients in a balsam fir (Abies balsamea (L.) Mill.) and red spruce (Picea rubens Sarg.) dominated ecosystem. Forest Ecology and Management. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2022.120325 , 519: p.120325.
Smith, C.T., I. Stupak, C. Preece, R.D. Briggs, B. Barusco, B.E. Roth, and I.J. Fernandez. 2021. Balsam fir (Abies balsamea (L.) Mill.) – Red spruce (Picea rubens Sarg.) forest productivity 35 years after whole-tree and stem-only harvesting in north-central Maine, USA. Forest Ecology and Management. 505: p.119823. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2021.119823
Cook-Patton, S.C., S.M. Leavitt, D. Gibbs, N.L. Harris, K. Lister, K.J. Anderson-Teixeira, R.D. Briggs, R.L. Chazdon, T.W. Crowther, P.W. Ellis, H.P. Griscom, V. Herrmann, K.D. Holl, R.A. Houghton, C. Larrosa, G. Lomax, R. Lucas, P. Madsen, Y. Malhi, A. Paquette, J.D. Parker, K. Paul, D. Routh, S. Roxburgh, S. Saatchi, J. van den Hoogen, W.S. Walker, C.E. Wheeler, S.A. Wood, L. Xu, B.W. Griscom. 2020. Mapping carbon accumulation potential from global natural forest regrowth. Nature 585: 545-550.
Jackson, B., D.M. Kuehn, R. Briggs, C. Beier, and Lianjun Zhang. 2019. Comparison of campsite impact monitoring methodologies for the Pharaoh Lake wilderness area in New York State. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. doi: 10.18666/JPRA-2019-8927.
Briggs, R.D. and S. Cook-Patton. 2018. Conifer mortality in California: Fire risk and dead tree management. Fire Management Today. USDA Forest Service, Washington DC. 76(3): 5-12.
Briggs, R.D. 2018. Wildfire and bark beetle disturbance in western U.S. Forests: Is intervention needed for vegetation recovery? Fire Management Today. USDA Forest Service, Washington DC. 76(3): 13-24
Lawrence, G.B., I.J. Fernandez, P.W. Hazlett, S.W. Bailey, D.S. Ross, T.R. Villars, A. Quintana, R. Ouimet, M.R. McHale, C.E. Johnson, R.D. Briggs, R.A., Colter, J. Siemion, O.L. Bartlett, O. Vargas, M.R. Antidormi, and M.M. Koppers. 2016. Methods of resampling to monitor changes in the chemical concentrations of forest soils. J. Visualized Experiments. Available at: http://www.jove.com/video/54815.
McKinley, D.C., A.J. Miller-Rushing, H.L. Ballard, R. Bonney, H. Brown, S.C. Cook-Patton, 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. 2016. Citizen science can improve conservation science, natural resource management and environmental protection. Conservation Biology, Available online 21 June 2016.
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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES14-00209.1
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.