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Al Freeman

NE CASC Graduate Fellow
Ph.D. Student
University of Vermont

Research Interests

Broadly, I am interested in the intersection of forest management, climate change, and ecophysiology. More specifically, my research focuses on understanding physiological mechanisms underpinning adaptability of species to changing climate regimes and adaptive forest management. Research areas include: utilizing manipulative experiments to determine mechanistic mortality thresholds of species predicted to have population and range expansions under future climatic conditions; determining physiological responses of species used in assisted migration and adaptive management to competition control and site conditions; and understanding the influence of both traditional and adaptive management on herbaceous understory community composition.


M.Sc.: Botany – Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, 2018
B.S.: Organismal Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 2013


Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology Lab


Research and Teaching Assistant, School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermont, 2020 to Present
Extension Program Specialist, Los Lunas Agricultural Science Center, New Mexico State University, 2018-2020
Research and Teaching Assistant, Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution, Oklahoma State University, 2016 to 2018
Research Technician, 2011 to 2013


Clark, P.W., Freeman, A.J., D’Amato, A.W., Schaberg, P.G., Hawley, G.J., Evans, K.S., Woodall, C.W. (2022). Restoring a keystone tree species for the future: American chestnut assisted migration plantings in an adaptive silviculture experiment. Forest Ecology and Management, 523, 120505.
Freeman, A.J., Hammond, W.M., Dee, J.R., Cobb, R., Marek, S., & Adams, H. (2019). The effect of prescribed fire on Biscogniauxia infection and δ13C in an upland oak-pine forest. Forest Ecology and Management, 451, 117525.