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

Scott DaiScott Dai

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

Personal Statement
I am a master's student for Ruth Yanai learning about how nutrient colimitation in northeastern hardwood forests influences ecosystem functioning. I'm trying to figure out if the herbaceous layer and/or wood density is influenced by our fertilization regimes... tune in later to see what I decide on, or if I have a different idea entirely!

Favorite Quote
"A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for."

Joseph NashJoseph Nash

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Yanai
  • Area of Study: Natural Resources Mgt

Graduate Research Topic
My research focuses on the influence of forest succession on downed wood accumulation, as well as carbon accounting and uncertainty analysis.

Sandip RijalSandip Rijal

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Yanai
  • Area of Study: Water & Wetland Resource Studies
  • Previous Graduate Study: Forest Research Institute (Forest Ecology, GIS )

Personal Statement
I am a PhD student in SUNY, ESF from 2021. Being an environmentalist is a global responsibility where we must think beyond boundaries. Natural hazards can affect anywhere, and hunger can hit every stomach. A collective effort from big cities to the corner of rural areas (front-liners) must collaborate for better management of natural resources.

Graduate Research Topic
Carbon Accounting, 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
  • Undergraduate Institution: Smith College

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