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

Ruth Yanai

176 Baker Lab
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210

315-470-4868 | 315-470-6955

Highest Education

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

Areas of Study

Current Graduate Advisees

Graduate Advisees

Oswaldo CarrilloOswaldo Carrillo

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Yanai
  • Area of Study: Forest Resources Management

Kelley GilhoolyKelley Gilhooly

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Yanai
  • Area of Study: Environmental Science

Sandip RijalSandip Rijal

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Yanai
  • Area of Study: ESC Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Personal Statement
Hi, I am a PhD student in SUNY, ESF since 2021. Being an environmentalist is a global responsibility where we must think beyond boundaries. Nature and natural resources should be the concern of every individual because natural hazards can affect anywhere, and hunger can hit every stomach. I am interested in carbon accounting using remote sensing datasets and had worked on country level uncertainty in carbon accounting.

Graduate Research Topic
Carbon Accounting, Uncertainty, LIDAR, Geospatial Analysis, Digital Image Processing

Favorite Quote
The bigger the challenge, greater is the victory. Pele

Jenna ZukswertJenna Zukswert

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Yanai
  • Area of Study: ESC Environmental Monitoring

Web Link

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

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