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D'Amato Receives Ernest M. Gould, Jr. Technology Transfer Award

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

The New England Society of American Foresters recently selected NE CASC Principal Investigator Anthony D’Amato for the 2023 Ernest M. Gould, Jr. Technology Transfer Award. This honor recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to natural resource science and management through education, extension, or youth service. 

Over the past 15 years, D’Amato has established himself as, in the words of his award citation, “the total package of forestry communications, transfer, and outreach,” a dynamic figure who has had an “outsized impact on Vermont forestry.” This impact can be seen in the wide range of his research and educational activities.

During his career, D’Amato has authored or coauthored more than 175 articles in peer-reviewed publications while directly supervising 12 doctoral students, 13 postdoctoral researchers, and 30 master’s students as a faculty member at the University of Vermont and the University of Minnesota. He also currently serves as director of the forestry program at the University of Vermont and is an associate editor for three scholarly journals (Ecology, Ecological Monographs, and Forest Science). In addition to leading or co-leading an array of large-scale adaptation experiments in diverse forest ecosystems across the Northeast, D’Amato has also established the Northeast and Great Lakes Silviculture Libraries, innovative online tools designed to help advance forest management by facilitating the sharing of ground-level experience acquired by foresters in their daily work routines. It is no wonder, then, that he has, as one of his nominating letters indicated, earned a reputation as a “world class scholar, researcher, and teacher” who is also widely known as a generous colleague and collaborator. 

Nevertheless, it is D’Amato’s passion for strengthening the forestry community that best distinguishes his contributions to his field. As a second award nomination letter explained, “There are those of us whose job description includes the expectation that we will dedicate some of our time to the education of landowners, foresters, and key decision makers. Then there are those whose passion for forests and forestry compel them to educate people. Tony D’Amato falls into the latter category and we in New England have all benefited” as a result.

Please read Anthony D’Amato’s full award citation in the April edition of the New England Society of American Foresters' News Quarterly.