NE CASC PI Anthony D'Amato publishes new paper on emerald ash borer management.
Imminent and widespread emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation throughout North American forested wetlands has raised concern over possible ecosystem state shifts and loss of forest function, calling for informed landscape scale management strategies. EAB causes nearly 100% mortality in all ash species within 3–6 years after infestation and the extent of EAB infestation is widespread, occurring in 27 U.S. states and two Canadian Provinces as of 2017.
In this research, Tony employed a large-scale manipulative study to assess the ecohydrologic response of black ash wetlands to three alternative EAB management strategies. By analyzing six years of daily water table and evapotranspiration dynamics in black ash wetlands and management strategy treatments to quantify potential for hydrologic change and subsequent recovery, the report assess outcomes of both EAB infestation and management options on post-disturbance hydrologic regime.
Diamond, Jacob S, Daniel L McLaughlin, Robert A Slesak, Anthony W D'Amato, and Brian J Palik. 2018. Forested versus Herbaceous Wetlands: Can Management Mitigate Ecohydrologic Regime Shifts from Invasive Emerald Ash Borer? Journal of Environmental Management 222 (2018): 436–46. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.05.082.