Research

The Yale Forests are managed as a multi-purpose, working forest system. One of the primary goals of the Yale Forests is to provide research opportunities to all FES faculty members, students, and research affiliates. The Yale Forests are available for single or multi-season studies in forest ecology and management, forest stand dynamics, wetland ecology, wildlife population dynamics, biometeorology and climate, watershed management and hydrology, land-use history, economics of forest management, and other projects investigating forest ecosystem structure and function.

While the majority of current research is conducted at the Yale-Myers Forest in Union, CT, the school’s other forest holdings in Vermont and New Hampshire are also available to researchers. Another valuable research asset is the school’s extensive collection of files documenting the management of the Yale Forests over the last 90 years. School Forest files are potentially accessible to all FES students and faculty interested in all facets of School Forest management. In addition to providing research opportunities, the Yale Forests are managed for timber production and used for educational purposes. Given this, it is a priority of the Director of School Forests to integrate forest activities in a manner that does not diminish the research, production, or educational values of the system. A major concern is ensuring the Summer Forest Crew is aware of active research sites within their division and is able to avoid disturbing sensitive experiments. Other concerns include the ability of the School Forest infrastructure to handle the pressures of multiple uses and the development of a dynamic research community. It is also understood that the triad of education, research, and production are not mutually exclusive, and in fact advancements in one objective can stimulate action in another.

Requests & Proposals


The Yale Forests are open to researchers from Yale and from other universities and organizations. Please submit a Proposal for Research at the Yale Forests or a Request for Access to Yale Forests Files and Maps prior to beginning any project. Permission to conduct research will be granted after review by the School Forest Research Committee. Research documents, along with follow-up reports, will be stored within the School Forest Office at Marsh Hall. The records will be used to aid the Forest Crew in identifying and avoiding research plots, coordinate overlapping research objectives at the forests, and foster an active dialogue between researchers. Submission of research proposals will also aid the Director of School Forests in allocating available resources and tracking activities, documents and personnel within the Yale Forest System. Research records that are not to be made available to the FES community will be kept in a separate location and only used internally for School Forest management purposes.

Faculty Researchers at the Yale Forests


Mark S. Ashton
Professor of Silviculture and Forest Ecology
Director of the School Forests
360 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 432-9835
(203) 432-3809 (f)

 
 
 
 
 
Mark Bradford
Assistant Professor of Terrestral Ecosystem Ecology
Greeley Memorial Lab
370 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 432-5732
Ann Camp
Lecturer in Stand Dynamics & Forest Health
Assistant Director of School Forests
360 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 436-3980
 
 

Oswald Schmitz
Professor of Population and Community Ecology
Greeley Memorial Lab
370 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 432-5110

David Skelly
Professor of Ecology
Associate Dean for Research
Greeley Memorial Lab
370 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 432-3603

Doctoral Student Researchers at the Yale Forests


Meredith Atwood Kristofer Covey Marlyse Duguid    

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