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Forest Ecosystem Science Laboratory

My current students

Jenna Zukswert, PhD, Fall 2023

Oswaldo Carrillo, PhD, Spr 2024

Erin Cornell, MS, Spr 2024

Kelley Gilhooly, MS, Spr 2024

Jacob Beidlery, MS, Spr 2026

Our support team 

Dalton Adams, FWS, 2022- present

Wilson Barton, FWS, 2022-23

Mary Hagemann, 2016-present

Former Students

Ana Valeria Medina, MS, 2022, tranferred to work with Colin Beier

Fernanda Maria Gonzalez, MS, 2022, transferred to work with Steve Stehman

Scott Dai, MS, June 2023

Dai, S.H. Effects of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Calcium Addition on Herbaceous Plants in Northern Hardwood Ecosystems. MS. Syracuse, NY: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, May 2023

Where are they now? Scott is a Silviculture Technician for the USFS in Plains, MT.

Sandip Rijal, PhD, transferred 2022

Joe Nash, MS, June 2022

Nash, J.M. 2022. Downed woody debris, forest development, and tree biomass in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. MS. Syracuse, NY: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.PDF

Thomas Mann, MS, June 2021

Mann, T.A. 2021. Independent and interactive effects of nitrogen and phosphorus addition on forest soil respiration.

Where are they now? Thomas is working at Carroll Cooperative Extension in KY as an agent in the Agriculture and Natural Resources department.

Lalita Adhikari, MS, transferred 2021

Sunghoon (Daniel) Hong, MS, May 2020

Hong, Daniel S. 2020. Effects of nitrogen and phosphorus addition on foliar nutrient concentrations of six northern hardwood species.

Where are they now? Dan is a research technician at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is starting his PhD at Virginia Tech.

Gretchen Dillon, MS, December 2019

Dillon, G.A. 2019. Nutritional effect on causal organisms of beech bark disease in an aftermath forest.

Where are they now? Gretchen is working as a data analyst at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Alexandrea Rice, MS, December 2019

Rice, A.M. 2019. Tree variability limits the detection of nutrient treatment effects on sap flow in a northern hardwood forest.

Where are they now?Alex is working on her PhD at the University of Massachusetts.

Alex Young, MS, May 2019

Young, A.R. 2019. Sugar maple leaf characteristics respond to depth within the crown and to nitrogen and phosphorus addition.

Where are they now? Alex is working as a drone pilot for a company in Philadelphia, PA.

Yang Yang, PhD, December 2018

Is it possible to detect change in tree tissue chemistry over time in Northeastern Hardwoods?

My project is detecting the change in tree tissue chemistry over time in Northern Hardwoods. Research conducted in Huntington Wildlife Forest will show a change in concentrations of tree nutrients in different tree components over time and detail the uncertainties in quantifying interannual variability and describe changes over time. This work is partially supported by a Sussman Fellowship.

PhD capstone presentation and dissertation:

Yang, Y. 2018.  Mercury contamination in forest, fish and bird: What do we know now?  SUNY ESF. PPT

Yang, Y. 2018. Concentration, content and dendrochronology of mercury in northeastern forests in USA. Dissertation

Read More: 

Yang, Y., R.D. Yanai, N. Schoch, V.L. Buxton, K.E. Gonzales, D.C. Evers, and G.G. Lampman. 2019. Determining optimal sampling strategies for monitoring mercury and reproductive success in common loons in the Adirondacks of New York. Ecotoxicology, DOI: 10.1007/s10646-019-02122-1. PDF

Yang, Y., L. Meng, R.D. Yanai, M. Montesdeoca, P.H. Templer, H. Asbjornsen, L.E. Rustad, and C.T Driscoll. 2019. Climate change may alter mercury fluxes in northern hardwood forests. Biogeochemistry, 146:1. DOI: 10.1007/s10533-019-00605-1. PDF

Yang, Y.*, R.D. Yanai, C.T. Driscoll, M. Montesdeoca and K. Smith. 2018. Concentrations and content of mercury in bark, wood, and leaves in hardwoods and conifers in four forested sites in the northeastern USA. PLOS One, 13(4): e0196293. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0196293. 

Yang, Y.*, R.D. Yanai, C.R. See, and M.A. Arthur. 2017. Sampling effort and uncertainty in leaf litterfall mass and nutrient flux in northern hardwoods. Ecosphere, 8(11):e01999. DOI:10.1002/ecs2.1999. 

Yang Y.*, R.D. Yanai, M. Montesdeoca and C.T. Driscoll. 2017. Measuring mercury in wood: challenging but important. International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, 456-67: DOI:10.1080/03067319.2017.1324852. 

Yang, Y.*, R.D. Yanai, F.R. Fatemi, C.R. Levine*, P.J. Lilly, and R.D. Briggs. 2016. Sources of variability in tissue chemistry in northern hardwood species. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 46(3):285-296 DOI: 10.1139/cjfr-2015-0302. 

Yang, Y. 2013.  A description of nutrient variablity within trees in northern hardwood forests.  Edna Bailey Sussman Internship Final Report.

Where are they now? Postdoc at UC Merced as a critical zone scientist and Visiting scholar at UC Riverside

Kara (Phelps) Gonzales, MS,  May 2017 (co-advised by Dylan Parry)

Effects of calcium, nitrogen, and phosphorus fertilization on foliar nutrient dynamics of three northern hardwood tree species

Kara is following up on Craig See's resorption work. 

Where are they now? Environmental Scientist at California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Alameda, CA

Franklin Diggs, MS, December 2014

Mycorrhizal colonization of roots: soil depth and species composition.

My work involves investigating root colonization by mycorrhizal fungi across depth and stand age and the use of molecular techniques in monitoring mycorrhizal systems. I work out of the White Mountains in New Hampshire as part of the Multiple Element Limitation in Northern Hardwood Ecosystems. His thesis has been defended, and they is finalizing his revisions. 

Read More: 

Yanai, R.  2013.  Sustainable nutrient supply after forest harvest: characterizing the fungal link from soils to roots.  Final Report to the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forest Research Program. 

Yi "Tony" Dong, MS, August 2014

Effects of Rock-Derived nutrients in N cycling in Northern hardwood forests.

The weathering of parent material is the primary source of Ca, Mg, K, and P in soils and ecosystems. The influence of rock-derived nutrients on N cycling is less often investigated. Here, we investigated the geochemical compositions of soil mineral nutrients of mineral horizon in 20 sites in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, United States. Total soil N content, foliar N concentration, and N mineralization were compared among sites located on different types of bedrock. Total soil N content was significantly higher in sites located on Rangeley schist than sites located on the Conway, Mt. Osceola, and Kinsman granites. Foliar N and N mineralization were not related to bedrock types. Nitrogen mineralization was closely related to foliar N concentration, soil C/N ratio and soil exchangeable Ca. Nitrogen mineralization rate was higher when foliar N concentration increased, but was inhibited by the soil C/N and soil exchangeable Ca. Rock-derived nutrients may deserve more attention as a control on N accumulation in ecosystem development.

Where are they now? A GIS training program.

Adam Wild, MS, May 2014

Sugar content yield in the sap of sugar maple following fertilizer applications.

Adam looked at a new component of the MELNHE project, taking advantage of recent fertilizer applications to investigate their impact on sugar maple sap flow and sugar content.  Might you get a sweeter yield from a Ca fertilized sugarbush?  Adam's work is supported by a NSRC Graduate Student Award.

Where are they now

Kikang Bae, PhD, December 2013

Interactive effects of nutrient and forest age on total belowground carbon allocation in northern hardwood forests in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

Soil is the largest terrestrial reservoir of carbon, containing an estimated 1,550 Pg and almost three times more carbon than is contained in global vegetation (~500 Pg). More studies have been focused on vegetation because soil carbon stock is complicated to study, represents a high spatial variation, and changes very slowly. However, the effect of forest ecosystems by disturbances or by forest management on belowground carbon exchange is at least as important as aboveground effects on the global carbon budget. This study aims to compare soil carbon dynamics after forest harvest associated with variation in site fertility and forest ages, the most sensitive factors of belowground carbon allocation, in northern hardwood forests in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Kikang also hopes to determine changes of root respiration with trenching and root turnover with minirhizotron tubes after fertilization (+N, +P, +NP) across forest ages and determine the colonization rate of roots by andomycorrhizal fungal (AMF) and ectomycorrhizal fungal (EMF) on roots, and identify the EMF communities in surface and deep soils of young and old forests.

Where are they now? Programme Consultant, International Cooperation Division, International Affairs Bureau, Korea Forest Service

Craig See, MS, December 2013

Soil nitrogen affects foliar phosphorus resorption in a co-limited system

Craig is contributing to the MELNHE project, which investigates possible nutrient co-limitation of northern hardwood forests. His current research focuses on above ground nutrient cycling in northern hardwood forests. They is also working on a project investigating of the effects of historic land use on nitrogen transformations in lawns, and conducting an uncertainty analysis of long term atmospheric deposition at the Sevilleta LTER in New Mexico.

Read More: 

See, C.R. 2012.  The grass is always greener:  nitrogen processes in lawns and adjacent forest land in the White Mountains, New Hampshire. Edna Bailey Sussman Internship Final Report. 

Carrie Rose Levine, MS,  August 2011

Assessing the suitability of rotary corers for sampling exchangeable cations in rocky soils
Carrie Rose has been comparing the results of soil sampled via traditional excavation with that sampled by neutron-induced gamma-ray spectropscopy (INS).  Her sites are located at Hubbard Brook, Bartlett Experimental Forests, and Mt. Ascuteny with equipment and personnel of the Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Read More: 

Wielopolski, L.,  R.D. Yanai, C.R. Levine, S. Mitra, and M.A Vadeboncoeur.  2010.  Rapid, non-destructive carbon analysis of forest soils using neutron-induced gamma-ray spectroscopy. For. Ecol. Manag.  260(7): 1132-1137

Levine, C.R.  2010. Development of an inelastic neutron scattering approach to assess carbon and nitrogen contents of forest soils: an internship with the Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton NY.  Edna Bailey Sussman Foundation Research Report. 

Yanai, R.D. 2011. Non-Destructive Inventory using Inelastic Neutron Scattering:  An Applicaiton to Nitrogen Controls on Soil Carbon Storage.  Northeastern States Research Cooperative Final Report 

Where are they now? After graduation, they stayed at ESF as a Senior Research Support Specialist to coordinate stakeholder involvement, monitoring efforts, and analyses of S, N and Hg monitoring efforts through a NYSERDA fellowship program (See Levine, Carrie R.  and R. D. Yanai.  2012.  Assessment of Long-Term Monitoring of Nitrogen, Sulfur, and Mercury Deposition and Environmental Effects in New York State.  New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Final Report 12-21.  PDF ).  They earned her PhD in May 2017, dissertation Forest resilience measured: Using a multi-timescale approach to quantify forest resilience in a changing world. They is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Davis in the Safford lab. 

Justin Holgerson, MPS, 2011

Where are they now?  Ecologist, Anchorage Forestry Sciences Laboratory, USFS. 

Allison Bodine, MPS,  2010

Where are they now? Research Analyst-Urban Forestry, US Forest Service Northern Research Station, Syracuse, NY. 

Steve Currie, MPS,  2010

Where are they now? Biologist/Soil Scientist, U.S. Army Corps Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District.  I am working in regulatory overseeing permit applications and wetland jurisdictional determinations. 

Nick Pitel, MS, 2010
An assessment of sugar maple condition following defoliation by forest tent caterpillar: investigating soil chemistry

Sugar maple (Acer saccharum Marsh.), a keystone species of northern hardwood forests, is susceptible to decline especially on sites with low soil Ca and Mg, and is commonly stressed by forest tent caterpillar (FTC; Malacosoma disstria Habner). soils and assessed the condition of sugar maple trees using consecutive years of data from North American Maple Project (NAMP) stands in Massachusetts, Vermont, and New York. Mortality was highest in plots that had the most crown dieback the previous year. As expected, plots with sugar maple mortality occurred on soils with low concentrations of Ca, Mg, and K. Low soil K was the soil variable that correlated best with sugar maple crown dieback and mortality. I suggest that more attention be paid to K concentrations in soils when investigating sugar maple condition.

Read More: 

Wood, D.M., R.D. Yanai, D. Parry, and N.E. Pitel.  2010.  Forest fragmentation and duration of forest tent caterpillar (Malacosoma disstria Habner) outbreaks in northern hardwood forests.  For. Ecol. Manag. 260(7):1193-1197

Where are they now?  Conservation Planner, Massachusetts Association of Conservation Districts.

Andrew Mishler, MS, 2009
Size of discolored hearts of sugar maple
Dark discolored sugar maple wood is less valuable than the lighter colored sapwood.  Factors leading to the prediction of this characteristic would be very helpful to foresters and timber managers.  Few studies have examined the relationship between dark discoloration size and site or individual tree factors.  This project evaluated some of these characteristics (bark type, diameter, slope, aspect, etc.). Future analysis will include stand history and exposure to injury, which is commonly thought to influence dark discoloration in sugar maple.

Read More: 

Yanai, R.D., R.H. Germain, N.M. Anderson, T.A. Coates, and A.K. Mishler.  2009. Heart size of sugar maple sawlogs across the northeastern United States.  Journal of Forestry 107(2):  95-100  

A second paper is in preparation.

Where are they now? Forester,  USFS, Mendocino National Forest. Andrew's primary responsibility is Timber Sale Administration.

Tim Porter, MPS, 2008
As an MPS student, Tim took advantage of the opportunity to intern for a non-profit agency in Boston.  They returned to that agency as an urban forester a few years later.
Where are they now?  Tim has left CityRoots Program Coordinator, Urban Ecology Institute and is now chief arborist for the City of Charlotte.

Dustin Wood, MS, 2008. 
Evaluating the susceptibility of sugar maple stands to defoliation by forest tent caterpillar (Malacosoma disstria Habner) and the vulnerability to decline.

The recent outbreak of Forest Tent Caterpillar (FTC) in the northeastern U.S. has devastated millions of acres of forestland, resulting in widespread dieback, loss of vigor, and in some cases mortality. However, some forest stands have been more resilient to defoliation stress than others.  The objectives of this study were to 1) determine if dieback, loss of vigor, and mortality in forest stands were greater when the stand was defoliated, and 2) determine the site, stand, or tree characteristics that can be used to predict dieback, loss of vigor, and mortality in forest stands following FTC defoliation, and using regression, incorporate them into a hazard rating model.

Read More: 

Wood, D.M, R.D. Yanai, D.C. Allen, and S. Wilmot.  2009.  Sugar maple decline following defoliation by  forest tent caterpillar. Journal of Forestry 107(1): 29-37 

Wood, D.M., R.D. Yanai, D. Parry, and N.E. Pitel.  2010.  Forest fragmentation and duration of forest tent caterpillar (Malacosoma disstria Habner) outbreaks in northern hardwood forests.  For. Ecol. Manag. 260(7):1193-1197

Where are they now? Forester, NYSEG, Binghamton, NY.

Paul Lilly, MS, 2007

Cation exchange chemistry and the long-term effects of liming on acidic forest soils in the northeastern United States

I collected samples from four previously established liming experiments in order to characterize the long-term effects of liming on cation exchange properties and test various proposed models for the relationships between pH, base saturation (BS), and cation exchange capacity (CEC). Limed sites generally had higher pH and BS, more organically bound Al and less bound hydrogen, and fewer E horizons. Limed organic horizons had lower organic matter content than controls, and limed mineral horizons had lower effective CEC, suggesting that podzolization may be disrupted or masked in limed soils. Regression analyses testing models of charge development on organic matter suggest that sites binding non-exchangeable Al should be excluded from the pool of potentially dissociable functional groups. Results for models of exchangeable cation equilibria suggest that exchangeable Al does not behave as a base cation, but rather is part of an equilibrium with organically bound Al that buffers pH change.

Where are they now? Paul completed a PhD, University of Vermont, December 2011, and is now a Senior Scientist at the San Francisco Bay tank Spatial Informatics Group .

Farrah Fatemi, MS, 2007

Aboveground biomass and nutrients in developing northern hardwood stands in New Hampshire, United States

Accurate estimates of biomass and nutrient stocks in young second-growth forests are critical for assessing ecosystem productivity and the contribution of these forests to regional and global nutrient cycles. Forest biomass in northeastern temperate forests is commonly estimated using previously established allometric equations. Most allometric equations for smaller trees (2-12 cm dbh) and corresponding nutrient stock estimations have been developed using smaller trees from older stands (>50 yrs since last cut). To study how the prediction of biomass and nutrients stocks based on tree diameter vary with stand age, we studied six developing stands in and around the Bartlett Experimental Forest, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  We developed allometric equations for aboveground biomass and nutrients of six northern hardwood species in two young (~15 yrs old) and two middle-aged stands (~30 years old).  We also conducted non-destructive tissue sampling and made measurements to estimate biomass and nutrients in two old stands (>100 yrs old). Results from this study indicate that most allometric equations developed from this study in younger stands are very similar to those developed by other authors for the same species in older stands for total aboveground and wood biomass. However, we suggest that for components such as foliage, bark and branches, site- or age-specific biomass equations should be used in order to accurately assess aboveground biomass. Additionally, some tissue nutrient concentrations (K, P and N) were significantly different in young and old stands, necessitating age-specific nutrient concentrations for accurate estimations of some nutrient stocks.

Read More:  Papers are forthcoming from this research.

Where are they now? They completed a PhD, University of Maine, in 2011; a Teaching Post-Doc at Villanova University, was Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the University of Alberta's Department of Renewable Resources.  They now works in resource conservation outreach for Metro, Portland, OR.

Byung Bae "BB" Park. PhD, 2006

Fine root dynamics and tissue chemistry across a calcium gradient in temperate hardwood and softwood forest ecosystems.

The effect of nutrient availability on the chemistry of fine roots and root turnover is important to terrestrial carbon and nutrient cycling, but it is poorly understood. Differences in sensitivity to soil fertility across tree species and developmental stage may influence forest response to environmental change, but these rarely have been compared in the field.

I estimated fine root biomass (FRB), fine root production, and nutrient turnover by coring and minirhizotron technique and aboveground production by allometric equations of hardwoods and softwoods at three Ca gradient sites: Sleepers River, VT; Hubbard Brook, NH; and Cone Pond, NH. I also measured annual growth rates and tissue chemical concentrations among species and growth stages in two contrasting base cation sites at Huntington Forest, NY.

Fine root biomass varied across sites, from 465 g m -2 to 682 g m -2 , but there were no statistically significant differences among sites within forest type. Root biomass density declined with depth; 57 and 66% of FRB for hardwoods and softwoods, respectively, occurred 10 cm above soil. Surprisingly, the ratio of dead to live roots in softwoods increased as a function of depth, but there was no such change in hardwoods. Fine root turnover rates varied from low (0.62-0.71 yr -1 ) to high (1.32-1.86 yr -1 ) as Ca gradient. Fine root production ranged from 1.2 to 3.7 Mg ha -1 yr -1 for hardwood stands and from 0.9 to 2.3 Mg ha -1 yr -1 for softwood stands. Although FRB and leaf litter production were not significantly correlated to soil fertility, fine root production and the ratio of root production to leaf litter production were clearly higher in sites with higher soil fertility.

Root nutrient concentrations were significantly affected by site and root diameter. Calcium and Mg concentrations in live roots were greatest in sites with the highest concentrations of base cations. Calcium concentrations were higher in the larger roots, but P, N, and Al concentrations were higher in the finer root classes. Among sites, I found significant differences of nutrient turnover by fine roots, but not between forest types. Magnitude of differences between sites for each element ranged from 3 times for P and N to 8 times for Ca and Mg, but differences between forest types were less than 2-fold. Root Ca turnover ranged from 3 to 23 kg ha -1 yr -1 increasing exponentially with soil Ca saturation increased. The Ca gradient study suggests that greater nutrient availability leads to greater carbon allocation and nutrient inputs belowground in north temperate forest ecosystems.

In Huntington Forest, sugar maple growth (14.8 cm 2 yr -1 per tree) at the site with higher base cations was much greater than at the other site (8.6 cm 2 yr -1 per tree), but the growth of beech was not different between the two sites. Root and foliar Ca, K, and Al concentrations were positively correlated with soil elements, but Mn concentrations were negatively correlated. Sugar maple differed more than beech between sites in foliar K, Mn, and Zn concentrations. Sugar maple seedlings differed more than mature trees in nutrient concentrations in roots. The sensitivity of sugar maple seedlings to nutrient availability could ultimately contribute to the replacement of sugar maple by American beech in regions of low pH and base cations if base cation leaching by anthropogenic deposition and tree harvesting continues. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)
Read More:

Park, B.B., R.D. Yanai, M.A. Vadeboncoeur, and S.P. Hamburg.  2007. Estimating root biomass in rocky soils using pits, cores and allometric equations. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 71:206-213. PDF

Yanai, R.D., B.B. Park, and S.P. Hamburg.  2006. The vertical and horizontal distribution of roots in northern hardwoods of varying age.  Can. J. For. Res. 36(2): 450-459.     PDF

Park, B.B., R.D. Yanai, J.M. Sahm, D.K. Lee and L.P. Abrahamson.  2004.  Wood ash effects on plant and soil in a willow bioenergy plantation. Biomass and Bioenergy.  28(4):355-365. PDF

Park, B.B., R.D. Yanai, J.M. Sahm, B.D. Ballard, and L.P. Abrahamson.  2004.  Wood ash effects on soil solution and nutrient budgets in a willow bioenergy plantation.  Water, Air, and Soil Pollution 159:209-224. PDF

Effect of Silvicultural Treatments on Carbon Storage of Northern Hardwood Forests Roosevelt Wild Life Station website

Where are they now?  BB left the Korea Forest Research Institute, Department of Forest Conservation, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea, for a teaching position in the Department of Environment and Forest Resources, Chungnam National University, Daejon, Republic of Korea

Melissa Lucash, PhD, 2006

Methods for measuring nutrient uptake rates of intact roots of seedlings and mature trees

Most studies measuring uptake rates of trees use excised roots, even though excision may lower uptake. In my research I used intact roots to improve estimates of specific uptake rates by seedlings and mature trees.

To determine how uptake varies throughout the year, I measured the temporal variation of nutrient uptake capacity of K+ , NH4+ , NO3- , Mg2+ and Ca+2 in mature loblolly pine trees. I expected net uptake to be positive throughout the year but I observed net efflux of K+ , NH 4+ and NO3- in July. I also measured uptake at several solution concentrations, expecting uptake to increase with concentration. I observed this pattern in April but not July or October. In October, uptake was constant across concentration; antecedent nutrient concentrations affected the temporal patterns of uptake in July. As expected, I found greater uptake of NH4+ than NO3- . Temporal patterns of uptake capacity are difficult to predict, since experiment duration, antecedent conditions and nutrient solution concentration, affect measured rates of uptake.

I used a sequence of treatments to measure the effect of disturbance during measurements of NO3- uptake. First, I measured uptake by loblolly pine seedlings in intact columns of sand using the SUM (soil uptake monitoring) method. Second, I removed the seedlings from the columns and measured their uptake using the hydroponic method. Third, I transferred the plants back into the SUM columns. As predicted, uptake by undisturbed SUM plants was higher than plants which had been excavated and repotted back into SUM columns. In addition, transferring plants from the SUM columns to hydroponics caused a delay in uptake. The SUM column technique holds promise for conducting nutrient uptake studies with minimal disturbance to the root.

I reviewed current techniques suitable for measuring uptake by roots of mature trees. Estimates of uptake obtained using these methods are affected by the sampling scheme, experimental conditions, excision, ion concentrations and the rate of ion efflux. I also discussed two new techniques, the SUM column technique described above, and digital autoradiography. A greater focus on methods development is critical to more accurately measuring uptake of mature tree roots under field conditions.
Read More: 

Lucash, M.S., R.D. Yanai, and J.D. Joslin.  2008.  Nutrient uptake by intact and disturbed roots of loblolly pine seedlings. Environmental and Experimental Botany 64: 15-20 PDF

Lucash, M.S., D.M. Eissenstat, J.D. Joslin, K.J. McFarlane and R.D. Yanai. 2007.Estimating nutrient uptake by mature tree roots under field conditions: challenges and opportunities. Trees - Structure and Function 21(6):593-603. PDF

Lucash, M.S., R.D. Yanai, and J.D. Joslin.  2005.  Temporal variation in nutrient uptake capacity by intact roots of mature loblolly pine.  Plant and Soil 272:253-262. PDF

Yanai, R.D., P. Sollins, and M.S. Lucash.  2003.  Ecosystem ecology: in pursuit of principles.  Ecology 84:1640. PDF

Where are they now?  Research Faculty, Dynamic Ecosystems and Landscape Laboratory, Portland State University.   Melissa's website

Pete Homyak, MS, 2006

Nitrogen immobilization by woodchip application: protecting water quality in a northern hardwood forest.
Forest harvesting can have adverse effects on stream water chemistry by lowering pH, ANC, and increasing nutrient concentrations.  Since forestry best management practices do little to directly address the effects of harvesting on stream chemistry, my research investigated the potential of wood chips derived from logging slash to immobilize inorganic N in a patch cut of northern hardwoods in NY.  Although further research is needed to better quantify the duration of the N immobilization period, surface applied wood-chips have the potential to limit inorganic N input to streams for at least the first year following cutting.  The objective of this project is to provide forest managers with an alternative to limit potential negative impacts on water quality.

Read More: 

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.  Forest Ecology and Management 255: 2589-2601.  PDF

Where are they now?  Professor of Ecosystem and Soil Microbial Processes, UC Riverside. 

Kimberly Bohn, PhD, 2005

Residual spatial structure and implications for sawtimber production in uneven-aged northern hardwoods after selection system silviculture or diameter-limit cutting

Selection system silviculture in uneven-aged stands places more emphasis on residual stand conditions compared to diameter-limit cutting. Differences in stand conditions may affect the ability to sustain sawtimber production as well as non-commodity values over the long-term. Previous work has evaluated the effect of these treatments on stand diameter distributions and growth but not on spatial structure of residual trees. I developed a simulation process for evaluating long-term changes in spatial structure and sawtimber production over a range of initial stand conditions represented on 10 stem maps.I evaluated changes in spatial structure using two methods. Variability of sawtimber spacing was greater after diameter-limit cutting than selection system for each of three cuttings, although differences between treatments decreased during the growth periods between cuttings. No differences were detected in spacing of the poles using variability of basal area as a measure. However, results from the Ripley's K statistic indicated that clumping developed in the pole classes during the growth period following the initial diameter-limit cut. Sawtimber trees were uniformly spaced after selection system and randomly spaced after diameter-limit cutting.

I evaluated sawtimber production and yield on same set of plots used to study spatial structure. Simulated selection system silviculture resulted in consistent sawtimber yields over three cutting periods, with greater than 75% of the volume in medium and large sawtimber. With repeated diameter-limit cutting, sawtimber harvests declined significantly at the second and third entries, and the majority of the volume from these cuttings came from small sawtimber. Comparisons of treatments across individual plots varied by several thousand board-feet, in part because of the large variability in yields from diameter-limit cutting.

Differences in both spacing and the density of trees affected comparisons of sawtimber volume production after selection system or diameter-limit cutting. The greater sawtimber volumes obtained by the simulated selection system treatments may reflect a combination of factors, including more uniform spacing, more optimal densities, and the presence of large residual trees. Further research should evaluate the degree to which these factors influence stand-level production.
Read More: 

Bohn, K.K., R.D. Nyland, and R.D. Yanai.  2011.  Comparing selection-system and diameter-limit cutting in uneven-aged northern hardwoods using computer simulation. Can. J. For. Res.  41(5): 963-973   doi: 10.1139/x11-027 PDF

Where are they now?  Assistant Teaching Professor, Penn State Mont Alto, PA  Kimberly's website

Karis McFarlane, MS, 2003

Measuring nutrient uptake by roots of sugar maple, red pine, and Norway spruce trees in situ

Freshly excavated intact roots often release nutrients in nutrient uptake experiments, possibly due to disturbance caused during excavation. I tested the effect of four pre-experiment treatments on net uptake of nutrients by sugar maple ( Acer saccharum Marsh.), red pine ( Pinus resinosa Ait.), and Norway spruce ( Picea abies (L.) Karst.) in monospecific plantations in central New York. Roots were (1) "trained" to grow in a sand-soil mixture, (2) excavated and exposed to nutrient solution for two or (3) four days, or (4) freshly excavated. Roots were then exposed sequentially to three concentrations of nutrient solutions for 2 hours each. Net uptake rates increased with concentration for ammonium, nitrate, phosphate, potassium, sodium, and aluminum for all species. Net efflux of calcium increased with increasing concentration. Magnesium was not consistently taken up or released by all species. None of the pre-treatments improved uptake measurements consistently across all combinations of nutrients and species studied.

Read More: 

McFarlane, K.J. and R.D. Yanai. 2006. Measuring nitrogen and phosphorus uptake by intact roots of mature Acer saccharum Marsh., Pinus resinosa Ait., and Picea abies (l.) Karst. Plant and Soil 279(1-2): 163-172. PDF

Where are they now?  Research Scientist, Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 

Vincent Giorgio, MPS, 2003
As part of my degree program, I was involved in a research project in Baltimore MD through the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (under the direction of Dr. Katalin Szlavecz at Johns Hopkins University and Dr. Richard Pouyat of the US Forest Service).  The project involved investigating various soil physical, chemical, and biological properties from urban to rural forest patches.  The goal was to determine if an urban-rural gradient could be identified as was described in the literature from studies in the NYC area. 

A total of 52 soil samples were collected and analyzed for bulk density, pH, organic matter content, texture, and nutrient content. Earthworm and macroarthropod samples were also collected at each sampling location.  Significant differences (p <. 0.05) between urban/rural sites were found for bulk density, soil Ca, Mg, and Na with urban sites showing higher values than rural for each. Earthworm density and biomass varied between 10 and 71 ind. m-1 and 3.7 and 75.1 g m-1 respectively. Earthworm biomass showed positive correlation with pH, and negative correlation with soil organic matter content and leaf litter depth. Species composition was a better indicator for site conditions than abundance. Due to the low rainfall that year, microarthropod samples yielded insufficient data to conduct analyses.  Cluster analysis showed that underlying geology was just as important as land use in explaining observed differences between urban/rural sites, indicating that natural phenomenon are likely to be as important and anthropogenic influences.

I also received a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from Syracuse University's Maxwell School with a concentration in state and local government.  My program of study included a year-long internship with the USEPA Environmental Finance Center, Region 2, which involved providing technical assistance to local government officials with respect to planning and financing of water and sewer infrastructure upgrades. 
Where are they now?   Since 2003, I have been the Associate Project Manager for the NYC Dept of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Supply.  My job involves facilitating, planning, coordinating, and implementing capital projects and education/outreach programs associated with the City's Long-Term Watershed Protection Program, Kensico Reservoir Water Quality Control Program, and East of Hudson Nonpoint Source Management Plan.  

Sarah Kulpa, Honors Thesis, 2002
Calcium and potassium efflux during measurements of nutrient uptake by intact tree roots
Where are they now?  
Senior Regulatory Specialist, Hydropower Services, Syracuse, NY.  

Richard Phillips, MS, 1999

The effects of calcium chloride and aluminum chloride additions on rhizosphere soil and suger maple (Acer saccharum Marsh.) fine root chemistry

Calcium chloride (CaCl2) and aluminum chloride (AlCl3) additions were used to induce changes in Ca and Mg availability in eight experimental plots at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, NH. Soils (rhizosphere and bulk) and sugar maple fine roots were sampled in the Oa horizon and the upper 10 cm of the mineral soil. In the Oa horizon of AlCl3 treated plots, exchangeable Al was 42% greater (p < 0.05), exchangeable Mg was 31% lower (p <$0.1) and (Ca + Mg)/Al ratios were 54% lower (p <$0.1) than in control plots. Fine roots in the Oa horizon had 21% less Ca (p < 0.1), 30% less Mg (p < 0.1) and 42% lower (Ca + Mg)/Al ratios (p < 0.05) in AlCl3 treatments than controls. Rhizosphere soil and fine root (Ca + Mg)/Al ratios were strongly correlated (r = 0.84; p < 0.001) irrespective of treatments or horizon. Rhizosphere soils were depleted in Al and organically bound Al (Alo) relative to bulk soil irrespective of treatment or horizon. Rhizosphere soil Alo was negatively correlated with (Ca + Mg)/Al ratios in fine roots (r = 0.85; p < 0.001). These results suggest that (Ca + Mg)/Al ratios in rhizosphere soil may be good indicators of sugar maple fine root nutrition because they account for differences in Al mobilization in the rhizosphere.

Read More: 

Phillips, R.P. and R.D. Yanai.  2004.  The effects of AlCl3 additions on rhizosphere soil and fine root chemistry of sugar maple (Acer saccharum).  Water, Air, and Soil Pollution 159: 339-356. PDF

Yanai, R.D., R.P. Phillips, M.A. Arthur, T.G. Siccama, and E. Hane.  2005.  Spatial and temporal variation in calcium and aluminum in northern hardwood forest floors.  Water, Air, and Soil Pollution. 160: 109-118. PDF

Where are they now?  Associate Professor, Indiana University, Department of Biology 

David Ray, MS, 1997

Patterns of development in three Adirondack northern hardwood stands following herbicide treatment and shelterwood cutting

A combination of remeasurement and chronosequence techniques were used to examine patterns of early development in three Adirondack northern hardwood stands for a period of 4 to 26 years following shelterwood seed cutting to 35 to 65% canopy cover. Mist blowing and stem injection of herbicide controlled a dense American beech (Fagus grandifolia Ehrh.) understory in these stands, leaving them devoid of advance regeneration. Deer (Odocoileus virginianus borealis Miller) populations had also been reduced by hunting and through natural losses. Both treatments have proven necessary for successful regeneration of diverse and commercially viable stands in the region. Cohort development was described as numbers of stems by size class from time of cutting. Total stems ≥1' tall and ≥ 1" dbh followed distinct patterns of development among stands, while those ≥ 3'and ≥6" tall were more variable. Total stems ≥ 1' tall peaked around 5 years after seed cutting, suggesting most new individuals had arrived and begun to grow by that time. By 10 yrs, stems ≥1' tall were declining substantially, indicating crown closure had led to stratification and competition-induced mortality within the new cohort. By 20 yrs, total stems ≥ 1" dbh were at a maximum. By 25 yrs, the numbers of stems ≥1" dbh had begun to decline. Non-linear regression techniques were used to model the consistent patterns of development observed between the stands. Functions describing the composite behavior of total stems by size class are presented, and a biological rationale for the observed patterns is discussed.

Read More: 

Nyland, R.D, Ray, D.G., R.D. Yanai.  2004.  Height Development of upper-canopy trees within even-aged Adirondack northern hardwood stands.  N. J. Appl. For. 21:117-122. PDF

Yanai, R.D., D.G. Ray, and T.G. Siccama.  2004.  Lead reduction and redistribution in the  forest floor in New Hampshire northern hardwoods.  J. Environ. Qual. 33:141-148. PDF

Nyland, R.D., D.G. Ray, R.D. Yanai, R.D. Briggs, L. Zhang, R. Cymbala, and M.J. Twery.  2000.  Early cohort development following even-age reproduction method cuttings in New York northern hardwoods.  Can. J. For. Res. 30:67-75. PDF

Ray, D.G., R.D. Nyland, and R.D. Yanai.  1999.  Patterns of early cohort development following shelterwood cutting in three Adirondack northern hardwood stands.  Forest Ecol. Manag. 119:1-11. PDF

Where are they now?  Conservation Forester, The Nature Conservancy, Salisbury, MD and PhD student, University of Maine.  profile
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Former Post-Docs 

Melissa Lucash, 2008-2010

Where are they now?  

Byung Bae Park, 2006-2007

Read More:

Park, B.B., R.D. Yanai, T.J. Fahey, T.G. Siccama, S.W. Bailey, J.B. Shanley, and N.L. Cleavitt. 2008. Fine root dynamics and forest production across a calcium gradient in northern hardwood and conifer ecosystems.  Ecosystems 11(2):325-341 PDF

Where are they now?  

Swee-May (Tang) Cripe, 2004

Where are they now? Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Epidemiologic Research Unit at Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine, Malyasia website

Tjeerd Bouma, 2004

Read More:

Bouma, T.J., D.M. Eissenstat, R.D. Yanai, U. Hartmond, L. Wang, D. Flores, and A. Elkin.  2001.  Estimating age-dependent costs and benefits of roots with contrasting lifespan: comparing apples and oranges.  New Phytol. 150:685-695.  PDF

Where are they now? Spatial Ecology Researcher,  Netherlands Institute of Ecology Centre for Estuarine and Marine Ecology TJ's webpage

Elizabeth Hane, 2003

Where are they now?  Assistant Professor, RIT, Departments of Biological Sciences and Environmental Sciences  Elizabeth's website

Others that have worked in our lab

Isabel McCullough Valentin, FWS, 2021-2022

Ashiqur (Ash) Rahim, FWS, 2021-2022

Alicia Fessenden, FWS, 2022

Alannah McGarry, FWS, 2022

Ashley Carter, 2022-2023

Jesse, Bland, FWS 2019-2021

Sara Consenza, FWS, 2019-2021

Abby Kambhampaty, 2018-2020, Research Aid

Maya Chernick, FWS, 2020

Kim Badger, Undergrad Intern, 2019-2020

Patrick O'Connor, FWS, 2018-2020

Anna Gonchar, 2019 Anna is working on her BS at Cornell University.

Anyka Tetu, 2019 Anyka is working on getting her BS at ESF.

Zhong Zhaoling, PhD, 2019, Visiting scholar from China

Elizabeth Jacobson-Coolidge, FWS, 2018

Camila Ferguson, Research Aide, 2016-2018  Camilia started as a FWS and continued working for the lab throughout the summers as a research aide.  They is currently working on her MS at Syracuse University.

Gabriel Deutschman-Ruiz (FWS), 2017-2018  Supervised high school students.  Finishing up senior year at ESF.

Vizma Leimanis, Research Aide, 2015 - 2018  Vizma participated in ESF in the High Schools and upon graduation they returned and continued as a research aid to supervise high school students.  She is attending SUNY Geneseo.

Rebecca Rew (FWS), 2018

Adam Wild, Research Analyst, 2012-2017  Adam joined the Shoestrings in the summer of 2012, continuing as a grad student and field crew member.  They served as field crew chief, summer 2014.  Now at SUNY Cobleskill, he's still with us a few hours a week, remotely supporting data documentation.

Craig See, 2013-2016. Craig joined the team as a graduate student and research assistant (see below).  In that role, they also served as crew chief (2012-13).  After graduation, they continued as a Research Support Specialist, processing samples for the MELNHE project, and managing QUEST social media. They then served as Research Analyst, remotely supporting manuscript preparation and social media. They is currently working on his PhD at the University of Minnesota.

Brittany Washburn, Research Aide (FWS), 2014-2017. Brittany joined us in the spring of 2014 to support litterfall sorting, and help with the RAHSS internship program.

Bill O'Neill, Research Analyst, 2007-2016.  Bill started in the lab as a student Research Aide in 2007, processing soil and plant samples.  Following graduation, they continued as a part-time Research Analyst to manage the supply, sample and equipment inventories, process soils, train students to process soils, prepare graphics, and other assorted tasks.  They now works on campus primarily during breaks from his other jobs (primarily with Morrisville Auxiliary Corp) to process soils, train students to process soils, and prepare graphics.  They also maintains a small sugarbush and raises free-range chicken and turkey. 

Brigid Farrell, Independent Study.  Brigid is an MPS student working with Colin Beier.  They joined the field crew summer 2015, and now learning about the lab side of things, and working with the RAHSS interns.

Where are they now?

Heather Engelman, Research Support Specialist (or other titles), 2006-2015 
Heather joined the team in 2006, to shepherd lab paperwork, tend our websites and equipment, and support manuscript, poster, and grant preparation and management.  
Where are they now?
  Bray Hall, as an Instructional Support Technican. 

Ehren Moler, Research Analyst, summer 2015, and Graduate Research Assistant, fall 2015

Erhren has focused interest on the Environmental Engineering side of things.

Where are they now?  Still GPES, but under the direction of Dr. Lee Newman

Jerome Barner, Graduate Research Assistant

Jerome's MS project The influence of mychorrizal fungi on nutrient dynamics and cycling processes in northern hardwood forests. fit better with Tom Horton's lab, so they shifted direction there. 

Where are they now?  Still ESF, but across the Quad, in EFB.

Panmei Jiang, MS, summer and fall 2015

Panmei's interest in nutrition is more limited to human systems, rather than colimited, so has transferred to a different SUNY to hone that side of things.

Griffin Walsh 2013-2018. Griffin joined the team through a Research Assistantship for High School Students in 2014, when they learned sample preparation and data organization. Upon completing high school they was hired as a Research Analyst, working in the lab, managing data and supervising RAHSS students. In 2017, they had a summer internship with MELNHE in NH. Griffin continues to be a valuable asset to the MELNHE project. Where are they now? Working on his MS at UC Berkeley.

Jessica Swindon,  Volunteer 2015.  Jessica worked with coarse woody debris.  Where are they now?  Working on her MS, studying nutrient cycling in semi-arid ecosystems at Yale University under Dr. Ingrid Burke.

Gabriel Smith, multiple roles, 2013-2015. Gabriel volunteered over 2013-14 to learn about sample processing.  As a senior, they served as a Research Aide (RF), supporting sample organization and analysis for MELNHE and LTER. 

Where are they now? Fulbright Fellowship, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden

Theo Campell, Fall 2014.  Theo worked on our litterbugs.  Where are they now?  Continuing at ESF.

Alex Kuhn, Fall 2014.  Alex worked with Jerome on mycology projects.Where are they now? Continuing at ESF.

Ben Porter, Volunteer, 2013-14.  Ben sorted many litterbugs!

Brannon Barr, 2013-24

Brannon joined the team in the summer of 2013, with the intent of pursuing a PhD.  They moved to EFB to work with Gord. Patterson.

I am interested in determinants of species distributions and abundances at the community and landscape scale, related species interactions such as colonization, competition, predation, and symbiosis, the evolution of life history characteristics, and how these phenomena are related to resource supply rates and nutrient fluxes.

Dr. Haiyan Wang, Visiting Scholar, Beijing Forestry University's Department of Soil Science

Dr. Wang collected soil and tissue samples among the MELNHE sites over the summer, and they is contrasting them during her sabbatical at ESF.

Where are they now?  Landscape Designer at Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc.

Alex Goeler, Volunteer, Fall 2013

Alex helped sort samples.

Dan Winters, Research Aide (FWS), Fall 2013.

Dan led litterfall sorting, and helped with other projects.

Guole Shi, Wendy Huang, and Rose Petersky, 2011-2012

Guole, Wendy and Rose helped with a variety of experiments to assist with their proposals for future independent study and capstone projects.

Dr. Matt Vadebonceour, 2010-12. 

Matt was a Research Analyst supporting summer field work planning on an official basis beginning in 2010, co-coordinating the planning efforts and applications in New Hampshire.  They was involved with the MELNHE project in its earlier iteration as the Calcium project in former capacities at Brown University, and remained involved either as a consultant or RA while they pursued his doctorate at the University of New Hampshire.

Where are they now?  Matt remains vested in MELNHE as a consultant, but is officially a Post Doctoral Associate at UNH, working on sapflow with Heidi Asbjornsen. Matt's website

Allison Speicher, Summer 2012.

Allison climbed lots of trees, collecting lots of foliage for Yang Yang's chemical analyses.

Where are they now? Community Support Specialist, Enable CNY.   

Jun Cui, Summer 2012.

"Daisy" helped with MELNHE field work.

Where are they now? Pursuing a MLA degree upstairs in the Department of Landscape Architecture.

Pilar Lyons, Spring 2011

Pilar supported sample processing and analysis, as well as statistical analysis and publication graphics. 

Where are they now?  Project Engineer, CDH Energy Corp, Cazenovia, NY.   Pilar's website

Stephanie Anos, Spring 2011

Stephanie assisted in an number of experiments to fulfill requirements for ESF's fledgling Undergraduate Scholar program.

Where are they now?  Stephanie is still at ESF, but has moved to another lab for the next phase of her program. 

Corrie Blodgett, 2009-2012

Corrie led seasonal New Hampshire field work, and provided remote statistical assistance through the winter months.  They also participated in the original Calcium project as undergraduate student at RIT.

Where are they now?  They taught chemistry and physics at Sacopee Valley High School, Hiram, ME; then worked with NEON, and is now a Naturalist with the Tin Mountain Conservation Center, Albany, NH.  Visit Corrie at Tin Mountain

Haichao Wang

Haichao helped with the Shoestring Project and participated in weekly lab meetings during Fall 2011, and helped with our summer 2012 field measurements.

Where are they now?  Upstairs, working on a Master's of Landscape Architecture.

Braulio "Bali" Quintero

Bali started his PhD program studying above ground nutrient cycling through reallocation, but transitioned to a program in ecosystem ecology and energy budgets of Puerto Rico.

Where are they now?   Bali is in Puerto Rico working at a research institute that they co-founded, Institute for Socio-Ecological Research.  They is also finishing his dissertation, defending in Spring of 2017.

Zhen Lu "Amos" Lim, 2011-12

Amos completed an independent study project with me and Tom Horton over the course of the year, and helped a number of our students Project

Where are they now? Amos joined  Kabir Peay's lab, Stanford University, as a Research Technician working primarily in Malaysia.  They now works with Action AAA Foundation, closer to home in Malaysia. 

Lin Liu, 2010-11

Lin completed two independent study projects focusing on symbiotic relationships between our tree species of interest and mychorrizal communities while an exchange student at SUNY-ESF. They then participated in the Ecosystem Ecology and Applications Program for [non-matriculated) International Students, gaining field experience to complement the projects they worked on during the academic year.  Where are they now?  They returned to Sichuan University for the final year of her degree program, and returned to US to complete her MS and working on her PhD in the Department of Geological Sciences (Hydrogeology), Michigan State University.  Her dissertation will be aimed at building crop yield forecasting systems for Tanzania.   profile

Elizabeth Murphy, 2010-11

Elizabeth supported sample processing and data documentation for the Shoestring (MELNHE) project.

Where are they now? Middle School Science and Health Teacher, The Red Oaks School, Morristown, NJ 

Frank Cetera, 2006-2010

Frank worked on both phases of the "Heartwood Project."

Where are they now? Frank stays pretty busy!  They is a facilitator at Syracuse Permaculture and Urban Homesteading Guild, Green Business Advisor at Small Business Development Center at Onondaga Community College, Steering Committee Member and Founding Member at Syracuse Grows, and Co-Founder and Board President at The Alchemical Nursery Project, Inc. 

JiYoung An, 2010

JiYoung An was the first participant in the Ecosystem Ecology and Applications Program for [non-matriculated] International Students.  Over the summer of 2010, they gained experience processing soils, sorting and analyzing litter, and measuring trees.

Where are they now? Jiyoung returned to Seoul National University to complete her forestry degree.  They is now a graduate student at Kyoto University, Japan.  

Nicole (Werner) Landers 2007-2008

Nicole helped evaluate the susceptibility of sugar maple stands to defoliation by forest tent caterpillar (Malacosoma disstria Habner) and the vulnerability to decline.  They left this program to focus on entomological research.

Where are they now? Executive Director, Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Yates County  

Sanae Kuwagaki, 2006-2008

Sanae was a master's student of Dr. Allan Drew.  They used "Research Experience in Forest Ecosystem Science"  to investigate the "Growth response of sugar maple and Norway maple seedlings to manganese  in acidic conditions."  They also helped other students with data collection, and bouncing around ideas.

Where are they now?

Adam Coates, 2006-2008

Adam worked on the first phase of the "Heartwood Project" from 2006-2008.

Where are they now? Pastor, West Asheville Vineyard Church, Asheville, NC

Oscar Abelleira Martinez, REU, summer 2003

Oscar worked with Melissa Lucash, on her doctoral project.

Where are they now? PhD Candidate, Joint Doctoral Program, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho-IMoscow; CATIE, Turrialba, Costa Rica CV

Ryan Maher, 2002-2003

Ryan was one of the Agenda 2020 summer students.

Where are they now? I work for the USDA-Agricultural Research Service at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) as a research technician.  Our focus is nitrogen cycling in cropping systems.

Olga Yakimenko, 2004

Dr: Yakimenko (sometimes spelled Iakimenko), Research Assistant, Moscow State University's Faculty of Soil Studies worked with our group spring, 2004, as part of MSU-SUNY Professional Fellows Program. They presented her work and participated in discussions connected with exchanges of biological field work of SUNY and MSU students.

Where are they now? Moscow State University

Yongkwan Kim,

Where are they now? Deputy Director, International Co-operation, Korea Forest Service

David McMillan

Where are they now? Teacher and Cross Country Coach, Durango High School: Director, Colorado High Peaks Adventure Camps.  They also still retains a few clients back east with his old company, Natresco Associates.

Xing Wang, MS, 2003

Stream water chemistry after a partial cutting in the Neversink River Basin, New York

A paired watershed technique was used to evaluate nutrient losses during the first year after a partial cutting from a small watershed in the Catskill Mountains of southern New York. The lower two third of the 10-ha treatment watershed (Block A) was harvested in February 2002 by a shelterwood method in which 60% of basal area was removed. A nearby 48-ha watershed was left as an uncut reference. Nitrate concentrations started to increase six months after the harvest and reached maximum values (above 100 μmol/L) of ten-fold over pre-harvest levels during the next two months. The concentrations of Ca, Mg and K were lower than pre-harvest values during the first growing season, but higher at high flows during the first dormant season when compared with pre-harvest levels. Total dissolved aluminum (Al to ) increased 4- to 8-fold above pre-harvest concentrations. The concentrations of NO 3 - and Al to remained above the reference concentrations throughout the first winter after cutting. Harvest effects on stream pH were insignificant. The partial cut resulted in measurable changes in stream water chemistry but the changes were much less than those previously observed after clearcutting of a nearby watershed, which demonstrated the role of residual trees in preventing hydrologic nutrient losses, especially during the growing season.

Read More: 

Wang, X., D.A. Burns, R.D. Yanai, R.D. Briggs, R.H. Germain. 2006. Changes in Stream Chemistry and Nutrient Export Following a Partial Harvest in the Catskill Mountains, New York, USA. For. Ecol. Manag. 223:103-112. PDF

Where are they now?  Ph.D. student in Soil and Water Chemistry/Nutrient Management Department, University of Florida