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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Anthony D'Amato

NE CASC Principal Investigator
University of Vermont

Research Interests

  • Development  of adaptation  and mitigation strategies for managed and natural landscapes
  • Climate impacts on land-use and land cover change in the upper Great Lakes region
  • Ecological vulnerability of terrestrial ecosystems and species response to climate variability and change


  • Temperate and boreal forests
  • Adaptive management 
  • Silviculture 
  • Forest disturbance 


B.S.: Forest Ecosystem Science, University of Maine, Orono, ME, 2000
M.S.: Forest Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, 2002
Ph.D.: Forest Resources, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 2006


Professor and Forestry Program Chair—Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermont (January 2015-present)
Adjunct Professor—Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota (January 2015-present)
Charles Bullard Fellow—Harvard Forest, Harvard University (June 2014-December 2014)
Associate Professor, Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota, September 2012 to December 2014
Assistant Professor, Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota, August 2007 to August 2012
Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Massachusetts, December 2006 to August 2007
Research Assistant, Harvard Forest, Harvard University/University of Massachusetts, September 2002 to November 2006
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Northeast Silviculture LibraryIdentifying trade‐offs and opportunities for forest carbon and wildlife using a climate change adaptation lensFuture forest composition under a changing climate and adaptive forest management in southeastern Vermont
A meta-analysis of the effects of tree retention on shrubland birdsBuilding on the last “new” thing: exploring the compatibility of ecological and adaptation silvicultureFunctional, temporal and spatial complementarity in mammal‐fungal spore networks enhances mycorrhizal dispersal following forest harvestingDo Review Papers on Bird–Vegetation Relationships Provide Actionable Information to Forest Managers in the Eastern United States?Long-term development of transition hardwood and Pinus strobus - Quercus mixedwood forests with implications for future adaptation and mitigation potentialEcological memory and regional context influence performance of adaptation plantings in northeastern US temperate forestsWeb-based Silviculture LibraryIncreasing Forest Resiliency for an Uncertain FutureFinal Report: Identifying and Evaluating Adaptation Science for Forest Habitats and Bird Communities in the NortheastEffects of timber harvest on epigeous fungal fruiting patterns and community structure in a northern hardwood ecosystemReal-time monitoring of deadwood moisture in forests: lessons learned from an intensive case studyRetention forestry influences understory diversity and functional identityContemporary forest carbon dynamics in the northern U.S. associated with land cover changesLow stand density moderates growth declines during hot droughts in semi‐arid forestsEffect of simulated emerald ash borer infestation on nitrogen cycling in black ash (Fraxinus nigra) wetlands in northern Minnesota, USAFoundation Species Loss Affects Leaf Breakdown and Aquatic Invertebrate Resource Use in Black Ash WetlandsUnderstanding Uncertainty in Broad-Scale Mapping of Historical Vegetation in the Great Lakes RegionForest density intensifies the importance of snowpack to growth in water‐limited pine forestsLarge landscape conservation in a mixed ownership region: Opportunities and barriers for putting the pieces togetherAssessing the ecological impacts of biomass harvesting along a disturbance severity gradientClimatic controls on peatland black spruce growth in relation to water table variation and precipitationTree species at risk from nitrogen deposition in the northeastern United States: A geospatial analysis of effects of multiple stressors using exceedance of critical loadsForest Carbon: An Essential Natural Solution for Climate ChangeAre Current Seedling Demographics Poised to Regenerate Northern US Forests?Land Use Changes, Disturbances, and Their Interactions on Future Forest Aboveground Biomass Dynamics in the Northern USMapping black ash dominated stands using geospatial and forest inventory data in northern Minnesota, USANorthward expansion of southern pine beetle generates significant alterations to forest structure and composition of globally rare Pinus rigida forestsNorthward expansion of southern pine beetle generates significant alterations to forest structure and composition of globally rare Pinus rigida forestsStructural, compositional, and functional responses to tornado and salvage logging disturbance in southern New England hemlock-hardwood forestsTree basal area and conifer abundance predict soil carbon stocks and concentrations in an actively managed forest of northern New Hampshire, USAAdaptation pathways: ecoregion and land ownership influences on climate adaptation decision-making in forest managementDecadal changes in tree range stability across forests of the eastern U.S.Evaluating Adaptive Management Options for Black Ash Forests in the Face of Emerald Ash Borer InvasionExpansion of Southern Pine Beetle into Northeastern Forests: Management and Impact of a Primary Bark Beetle in a New RegionForested versus herbaceous wetlands: Can management mitigate ecohydrologic regime shifts from invasive emerald ash borer?Interspecific competition limits the realized niche of Fraxinus nigra along a waterlogging gradientLasting legacies of historical clearcutting, wind, and salvage logging on old-growth Tsuga canadensis-Pinus strobus forestsNew England and northern New York forest ecosystem vulnerability assessment and synthesis: a report from the New England Climate Change Response Framework projectPatterns and drivers of recent disturbances across the temperate forest biomeReview of Ecosystem Level Impacts of Emerald Ash Borer on Black Ash Wetlands: What Does the Future Hold?Stand age versus tree diameter as a driver of forest carbon inventory simulations in the northeastern U.S.Using matrix models to estimate aboveground forest biomass dynamics in the eastern USA through various combinations of LiDAR, Landsat, and forest inventory dataLong-term structural and biomass dynamics of virgin Tsuga canadensis-Pinus strobus forests after hurricane disturbanceManaging Hardwood-Softwood Mixtures for Future Forests in Eastern North America: Assessing Suitability to Projected Climate ChangePotential Effects of Foundation Species Loss on Wetland Communities: A Case Study of Black Ash Wetlands Threatened by Emerald Ash BorerThe response of Fraxinus nigra forest ground-layer vegetation to emulated emerald ash borer mortality and management strategies in northern Minnesota, USASilviculture in the United States: An Amazing Period of Change over the Past 30 YearsSuccession, climate and neighbourhood dynamics influence tree growth over time: an 87-year record of change in a Pinus resinosa -dominated forest, Minnesota, USAThreats to North American forests from southern pine beetle with warming wintersVariable effects of climate on forest growth in relation to climate extremes, disturbance, and forest dynamicsAdaptive Silviculture for Climate Change: A National Experiment in Manager-Scientist Partnerships to Apply an Adaptation FrameworkAdaptive Silviculture for Climate Change: A National Experiment in Manager-Scientist Partnerships to Apply an Adaptation FrameworkCanopy treatment influences growth of replacement tree species in Fraxinus nigra forests threatened by the emerald ash borer in Minnesota, USACompetition amplifies drought stress in forests across broad climatic and compositional gradientsEarly response of ground layer plant communities to wildfire and harvesting disturbance in forested peatland ecosystems in northern Minnesota, USAHarvesting influences functional identity and diversity over time in forests of the northeastern U.S.A.Influence of Repeated Prescribed Fire on Tree Growth and Mortality in Pinus resinosa Forests, Northern MinnesotaDensity-dependent vulnerability of forest ecosystems to droughtGrowth-Climate relationships across topographic gradients in the northern Great LakesThe impacts of increasing drought on forest dynamics, structure, and biodiversity.Increasing Forest Resiliency for an Uncertain FutureModeling Effects of Climate Change on Spruce-Fir Forest Ecosystems and Associated Priority Bird PopulationsPredicting tree biomass growth in the temperate-boreal ecotone: is tree size, age, competition or climate response most important?A Tale of Two Forest Carbon Assessments in the Eastern United States: Forest Use Versus Cover as a Metric of ChangeClimate remains an important driver of post-European vegetation change in the eastern United StatesComparisons of allometric and climate-derived estimates of tree coarse root carbon stocks in forests of the United StatesEarly Regeneration and Structural Responses to Patch Selection and Structural Retention in Second-Growth Northern HardwoodsMonitoring Network Confirms Land Use Change is a Substantial Component of the Forest Carbon Sink in the eastern United StatesMontane forest ecotones moved downslope in northeastern USA in spite of warming between 1984 and 2011Multiple developmental pathways for range-margin Pinus banksiana forestsNet carbon flux of dead wood in forests of the Eastern USOverstory treatment and planting season affect survival of replacement tree species in emerald ash borer-threatened Fraxinus nigra forests in Minnesota, USAQuantifying carbon stores and decomposition in dead wood: A reviewSap flow of black ash in wetland forests of northern Minnesota, USA: Hydrologic implications of tree mortality due to emerald ash borerSoil texture matters: the effects of removing harvest residuesLooking for age-related growth decline in natural forests: unexpected biomass patterns from tree rings and simulated mortalityMinnesota forest ecosystem vulnerability assessment and synthesis: a report from the Northwoods Climate Change Response Framework projectNet carbon flux of dead wood in forests of the Eastern USQuantifying understorey vegetation in the US Lake States: a proposed framework to inform regional forest carbon stocksResidence time and decay for downed woody debris biomass/carbon in eastern US forests.The Stand Against Climate ChangeTechnical Note: Linking climate change and downed woody debris decomposition across forests of the eastern United StatesWater table response to harvesting and simulated emerald ash borer mortality in black ash wetlands in Minnesota, USABeyond mean functional traits: Influence of functional trait profiles on forest structure, production, and mortality across the eastern USDisturbance and diversity of wood-inhabiting fungi: effects of canopy gaps and downed woody debrisFifteen-Year Patterns of Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Following Biomass HarvestingHarvest residue removal and soil compaction impact forest productivity and recovery: potential implications for bioenergy harvestsHemlock: A forest giant on the edgeInfluence of stocking, site quality, stand age, low-severity canopy disturbance, and forest composition on sub-boreal aspen mixedwood carbon stocksAssessing the stability of tree ranges and influence of disturbance in eastern US forestsEffects of thinning on drought vulnerability and climate response in north temperate forest ecosystemsEstimates of downed woody debris decay class transitions for forests across the eastern United StatesInfluence of competition and age on tree growth in structurally complex old-growth forests in northern Minnesota, USALong-term mortality rates and spatial patterns in an old-growth Pinus resinosa forestPotential increases in natural disturbance rates could offset forest management impacts on ecosystem carbon stocksWoody Debris Volume Depletion Through Decay: Implications for Biomass and Carbon AccountingCarbon emissions associated with the procurement and utilization of forest harvest residues for energy, northern Minnesota, USAEffects of multiple interacting disturbances and salvage logging on forest carbon stocksRecognizing trade-offs in multi-objective land managementRepeated insect outbreaks promote multi-cohort aspen mixedwood forests in northern Minnesota, USASpatially random mortality in old-growth red pine forests of northern MinnesotaThe efficacy of salvage logging in reducing subsequent fire severity in conifer-dominated forests of Minnesota, USAForest management for mitigation and adaptation to climate change: Insights from long-term silviculture experimentsRegeneration responses to gap size and coarse woody debris within natural disturbance-based silvicultural systems in northeastern Minnesota, USASingular and interactive effects of blowdown, salvage logging, and wildfire in sub-boreal pine systemsTHE INFLUENCE OF SUCCESSIONAL PROCESSES AND DISTURBANCE ON THE STRUCTURE OF TSUGA CANADENSIS FORESTSSTAND AND LANDSCAPE-LEVEL DISTURBANCE DYNAMICS IN OLD-GROWTH FORESTS IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS
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