Julia I. Burton | Forest and Natural Resources Management | SUNY-ESF
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Julia I. BurtonAssistant Professor

Julia Burton

317 Bray Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210

315-470-6568 | 315-470-6536


Ph.D. 2011. University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.S. 2004. University of Minnesota

B.S. 2002. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Forest Ecosystem Management and Silviculture Laboratory

Current Graduate Advisees

Current Graduate Advisees

Christopher BargerChristopher Barger

  • Degree Sought: MF in Forest Management & Operations
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Burton

Garrett EvansGarrett Evans

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Burton
  • Area of Study: Forest Management and Silviculture

Matthew HeckingMatthew Hecking

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Burton
  • Area of Study: Ecology and Ecosystems
  • Undergraduate Institution: Hampshire College (Chemical Ecology)

Personal Statement
I am currently a first year Master's student in the Burton lab at ESF. I am currently pursuing several ideas to integrate into my thesis work involving plant functional traits and their predictive power in modeling plant communities. I am extremely interested in using functional traits as tools to better predict community responses to climate change, and how trait diversity within and between species relate to these responses.

Graduate Research Topics
Plant functional traits, climate change, community ecology

Favorite Quote
"In Nature, nothing exists alone." - Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

Keenan RiversKeenan Rivers

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

Jenna ZukswertJenna Zukswert

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Burton and Drake
  • Area of Study: ESC Environmental Monitoring
  • Undergraduate Institution: Smith College

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Personal Statement
I am a forest ecosystem ecologist interested in bridging the gap between those who conduct research and those who use the results.

Graduate Research Topic
Functional Ecology of Northeastern Forests


Refereed Journal Articles:

  1. Burton, J.I., Perakis, S.S., Brooks, J.R. & K.J. Puettmann. 2020. Trait integration and functional differentiation among co-existing plant species. American Journal of Botany, 107, 628-638.
  2. Pettit, J.M., Voelker, S.L., DeRose, R.J. & J.I. Burton. 2020. Spruce beetle outbreak was not driven by drought stress: Evidence from a tree-ring iso-demographic approach indicates temperatures were more important. Global Change Biology, 26, 5829-5843.
  3. Pettit, J.M., Burton, J.I., DeRose, R.J., Long, J.N. & S.L. Voelker, S.L. 2019. Epidemic spruce beetle outbreak changes drivers of Engelmann spruce regeneration. Ecosphere, 10, e02912.
  4. Sabo, A.E., J.A. Forrester, J.I. Burton, P.D. Jones, D.J. Mladenoff, and E.L. Kruger. 2019. Ungulate exclusion accentuates increases in woody species richness and abundance with canopy gap creation in a temperate hardwood forest. Forest Ecology and Management 433:386-395. 
  5. Fahey, R.T., B. Alveshere, J.I. Burton, A.W. D'Amato, Y.L. Dickinson, W.S. Keeton, C.C. Kern, A.J. Larson, B.J. Palik, K.J. Puettmann, C.R. Webster, J.W. Atkins, C.M. Gough, B.S. Hardiman, M.R. Saunders. 2018. Shifting conceptions of complexity in forest management and Silviculture. Forest Ecology and Management 421: 59-71.
  6. Webster, C.R., Y. Dickinson, J.I. Burton, M. Jenkins, C. Kern, P. Raymond, M. Saunders, M. Walters, J.L. Willis. 2018. Seeing the forest through the understory: promoting and maintaining diversity in contemporary hardwood forests.  Forest Ecology and Management 421: 98-108. 
  7. Burton, J.I., S.S. Perakis, S. McKenzie§, C.E. Lawrence§ and K.J. Puettmann. 2017. Intraspecific variability and reaction norms of forest understory plant species traits. Functional Ecology 31: 1881-1893.
  8. Kern, C.C. †, J.I. Burton, P.A. Raymond‡, A.W. D’Amato, W.S. Keeton, A.A. Royo, M.B. Walters, C.R. Webster and J.L. Willis.  2017. Challenges facing gap-based silviculture and possible solutions. Invited Review- Forestry. ‡co-lead authors, †Awarded the 2018 Percy Stubbs, John Bolton King and Edward Garfitt Prize for Silviculture for the publication
  9. Puettmann, K.J., A. Ares, J.I. Burton and E.K. Dodson. 2016. Restoration treatments in Douglas-fir forests: lessons from western Oregon. Forests 7(12): 310.
  10. Burton, J.I., D.H. Olson and K.J. Puettmann. 2016. Effects of riparian buffer width on wood loading in headwater streams. Forest Ecology and Management 372: 247-257. 
  11. Burton, J.I., L.M. Ganio and K.J. Puettmann. 2014. Multi-scale spatial controls of understory vegetation in Douglas-fir – western hemlock forests of western Oregon, USA. Ecosphere 5(12): article 151. 
  12. Burton, J. I., D. J. Mladenoff, J. A. Forrester, and M. K. Clayton. 2014. Experimentally linking disturbance, resources and productivity to diversity in forest ground-layer plant communities. Journal of Ecology 102:1634-1648.
  13. Dodson, E.K., J.I. Burton and K.J. Puettmann. 2014. Multi-scale controls on natural regeneration dynamics after partial overstory removal in Douglas-fir forests in western Oregon, USA. Forest Science 60(5): 953-961.
  14. Olson, D.H. and J.I. Burton. 2014. Effects of repeated thinning and riparian buffer width on stream and riparian headwater vertebrate communities and habitat. Forests 5(11), 2703-2729. 
  15. Sabatini, F.M., J.I. Burton, R.M. Scheller, K.L. Amatangelo and D.J. Mladenoff. 2014. Functional diversity of ground-layer plant communities in old-growth and managed northern hardwood forests. Applied Vegetation Science 17(3): 398-407. 
  16. Burton, J.I., A. Ares, D.H. Olson and K.J. Puettmann. 2013. Management trade-off between above-ground carbon storage and understory plant species richness in temperate forests. Ecological Applications 23(6): 1297-1310. 
  17. Burton, J.I., D.J. Mladenoff, M.K. Clayton and J.A. Forrester. 2011. The roles of environmental filtering and colonization in the fine-scale spatial patterning of ground-layer plant communities in north temperate deciduous forests. Journal of Ecology 99(3):764-776. 
  18. Foster, J.R., J.I. Burton, J.A. Forrester, F. Liu, J.D. Muss, F.M. Sabatini, R.M. Scheller and D.J. Mladenoff.  2010. Evidence for a recent increase in forest growth is questionable. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107(21):  E86-E87. doi:10.1073/pnas.1002725107.
  19. Dyer, J.H., S.T. Gower, J.A. Forrester, C.G. Lorimer, D.J. Mladenoff and J.I. Burton. 2010. Effects of selective tree harvests on aboveground biomass and productivity of a second-growth northern hardwood forest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 40:2360-2369. 
  20. Burton, J.I., E.K. Zenner, L.E. Frelich, and M.W. Cornett.  2009.  Patterns of plant community structure within and among primary and second-growth northern hardwood forest stands.  Forest Ecology and Management 258:2556 – 2568.
  21. Burton, J.I., E.K. Zenner and L.E. Frelich. 2008. Frost crack incidence in northern hardwood forests of the southern boreal – north temperate transition zone. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry 25:133-138.
  22. Lain E.J., A. Haney, J.M. Burris and J. Burton. 2008. Response of vegetation and birds to severe wind disturbance and salvage logging in a southern boreal forest. Forest Ecology & Management. 256:863-871. 

Book Chapter:

  1. Nelson, M.P., Gosnell, H., Warren, D., Batavia, C., Betts, M., Burton, J.I., Davis, E.J., Friesen, C., Perakis, S., Schulze, M., and C. Segura. 2017. An Integrated Social-Ecological-Ethical Approach to Enhancing Public Trust in Federal Forest Management. In Van Horne, B. and D.H. Olson, editors. People, Forests, and Change: Lessons from the Pacific Northwest. Island Press.

Peer Reviewed Technical Reports:

  1. Burton, J.I., A. Ares, S.E. Mulford, D.H. Olson, and K.J. Puettmann. 2013. Above-ground carbon storage, down wood, and understory plant species richness after thinning in western Oregon. In Paul Anderson and Kathryn Ronnenberg, Eds. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-880. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. p. 91-100.
  2. Burton, J.I., D.H. Olson and K.J. Puettmann. 2013. Headwater stream flow, climate variation, and riparian buffers with thinning in western Oregon. In Paul Anderson and Kathryn Ronnenberg, Eds. Gen. Tech. Rep.  PNW-GTR-880. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. p. 239