Ruth D. Yanai | Forest and Natural Resources Management | SUNY-ESF
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Ruth D. YanaiProfessor

Ruth Yanai

210 Marshall Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210

315-470-6955 | 315-470-4868

Highest Education

Ph.D. Yale University (Forest Ecology), 1990.

Areas of Study

Current Graduate Advisees

Graduate Advisees

Sunghoon HongSunghoon Hong

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Yanai
  • Area of Study: Environmental Monitoring
  • Undergraduate Institution: Trinity College (Hartford CT) (Environ Science)

Graduate Research Topic
I am currently working on two projects. The first one is a chronosequence study on American beech interference with sugar maple regeneration in the White Mountain National Forest where I am also looking at the responses of the two hardwood species to nutrient manipulations, soil chemistry, and stand age. The second one is on foliar chemistry of yellow and white birches and their resorption proficiency and efficiency in nutrient-manipulated plots in the White Mountain National Forest.

Thomas MannThomas Mann

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

Jenna ZukswertJenna Zukswert

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Yanai
  • Area of Study: Environmental Monitoring
  • Undergraduate Institution: Smith College

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Graduate Research Topic
I will be studying the effects of nutrient addition (nitrogen, phosphorus, calcium) on decomposition, nutrient cycling, and leaf-litter production in northern hardwood forests in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Courses Taught

Selected Publications

(All publications)

Yanai, R.D., G.E. Walsh, Y. Yang, C.A. Blodgett, K. Bae, and B.B. Park. 2018. Nutrient concentrations of roots vary with diameter, depth, and site in New Hampshire northern hardwoods. Can. J. For. Res., 48: 32-41. DOI: 10.1139/cjfr-2017-0223 PDF

Yanai, R.D., C.R. See, J. L. Campbell. 2018. Current practices in uncertainty analysis in ecosystem ecology.  Ecosystems, 21(5): 971-981. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-017-0197-x  PDF

Yanai, R.D., N. Tokuchi, J.L. Campbell, M.B. Green, E. Matsuzaki, S.N. Laseter, C.L. Brown, A.S. Bailey, P. Lyons, C.R. Levine, D.C. Buso, G.E. Likens, J. Knoepp, and K. Fukushima. 2015. Sources of uncertainty in estimating stream solute export from headwater catchments at three sites. Hydrol. Processes 29: 1793–1805. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10265 PDF

Yanai, R.D., M.A. Vadeboncoeur, S.P. Hamburg, M.A. Arthur, M.A. Fuss, P.M. Groffman, T.G. Siccama, and C.T. Driscoll. 2013. From missing source to missing sink: long-term changes in a forest nitrogen budget. Environ. Sci. Technol. 47(20): 11440–11448. DOI: abs/10.1021/es4025723 PDF

Yanai, R.D., C.R. Levine, M.B. Green, and J.L. Campbell. 2012. Quantifying uncertainty in forest nutrient budgets. J. For. 110(8): 448–456. DOI: 10.5849/jof.11-087 PDF

Yanai, R.D., M.A. Arthur, M. Acker, C.R. Levine, and B.B. Park. 2012. Variation in mass and nutrient concentration of leaf litter across years and sites in New Hampshire northern hardwoods. Can. J. For. Res. 42(8): 1597–1610. DOI:10.1139/x2012-084 PDF

Yanai, R.D., J.J. Battles, A.D. Richardson, E.B. Rasetter, D.M. Wood and C. Blodgett 2010. Estimating uncertainty in ecosystem budget calculations. Ecosystems 13(2): 239–248 PDF 

Yanai, R.D., W.S. Currie, and C.L. Goodale. 2003. Soil carbon dynamics after forest harvest: an ecosystem paradigm reconsidered. Ecosystems 6: 197–212 PDF

Yanai, R.D., M.A. Arthur, T.G. Siccama, and C.A. Federer. 2000. Challenges of measuring forest floor organic matter dynamics: repeated measures from a chronosequence. For. Ecol. Manage. 138: 273–283 PDF

Yanai, R.D., T.G Siccama, M.A. Arthur, C.A. Federer, and A.J. Friedland. 1999. Accumulation and depletion of base cations in forest floors in the northeastern US. Ecology 80: 2774–2787 PDF

Yanai, R.D. 1992. Phosphorus budget of a 70-year old northern hardwood forest. Biogeochemistry 17: 1–22 PDF