Changing climate and disturbance regimes and invasive species greatly threaten the long-term structure and function of forested habitats across northeastern North America. As such, there is great urgency to develop forest conservation and management strategies that minimize these impacts and increase long-term adaptation potential. This presentation will discuss a series of projects that are examining the effectiveness of historic forest management regimes at reducing vulnerability to global change, as well as ongoing, operational-scale experiments that implement emerging forest adaptation strategies to reduce climate change and future forest health impacts. The use of manager input in co-designing experiments and interpreting results are key components of this work that are critical to ensuring the relevance of science produced to inform forest adaptation practices across the region.
Anthony D'Amato (Tony) is an Associate Professor and Director of Forestry Program at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. His research interests center on evaluating the efficacy of traditional and experimental silvicultural strategies at meeting the increasingly diverse range of forest management objectives on public and private land. Specific research areas include: understanding the developmental dynamics and productivity of natural and managed forest systems, particularly within the context of changing global conditions and societal objectives; identifying factors affecting natural regeneration dynamics; and investigating the nature and influence of plant competitive interactions on long-term patterns of tree growth and forest structural development. He received a Ph.D in Forest Resources from UMass Amherst in 2007.