2014 Lecturers & Staff

Mark Ashton, the Morris K. Jessup Professor of Silviculture and Forest Ecology at Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES), conducts research on the biological and physical processes governing the regeneration of natural forests and on the creation of their agroforestry analogs. The results of his research have been applied to the development and testing of silvicultural techniques for restoration of degraded lands and for the management of natural forests for a variety of timber and nontimber products. Field sites include tropical forests in Sri Lanka and Panama, temperate forests in India and New England, and boreal forests in Saskatchewan, Canada. Prof. Ashton has authored or edited over ten books and monographs and over 100 peer-review papers relating to forest regeneration and natural forest management.  He is also the Director of School Forests.

Mary Tyrrell is the Executive Director of the Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry at FES.  Her work focuses on land use change, forest fragmentation, sustainable forest management, and U.S. private lands with a particular emphasis on the synthesis of scientific research and making scientific information more accessible to forest managers, policy makers, and conservationists. She is the project manager of the Sustaining Family Forests Initiative, a national coalition focused on research and education about family forest owners in the United States.

Chad Oliver, the Pinchot Professor of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Director of the Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry, looks at how forests develop and how silviculture can be applied to ecological systems most effectively. Much of this work was incorporated into his book Forest Stand Dynamics (1990, and update edition in 1996, co-author Bruce Larson). During the past decade, he has examined how this understanding can help resolve scientific, technical, and management issues at the landscape and policy levels. He is currently working on landscape approaches to forest management and examines global trade-offs among forest values and among the world's forest ecosystems. Professor Oliver has considerable experience advising public and private forest resource organizations in the United States and abroad. His work has taken him to all parts of the United States and to Canada, Mexico, Turkey, Nepal, Japan, Thailand, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Ecuador, Germany, and France.

Paul Barten is a professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in the Dept of Environmental Conservation.  He studies the development and application of GIS-based analytical methods to identify critical areas for conservation, restoration, and storm-water management in large, diverse watersheds. The primary motivation for this work is the protection of drinking water supplies and aquatic ecosystems in collaboration with local communities, water utilities, non-governmental organizations (such as the Trust for Public Land and The Nature Conservancy), and state and federal agencies. His current work includes hydrologic effects of forest management and land use change, application of the Watershed Forest Management Information System (WFMIS), and a book manuscript (“Forests and People: Seeking an Elusive Yet Essential Balance”).

Emery Boose is the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) information manager at the Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts. He received his A.B. in mathematics from Harvard University and went back to Harvard to receive his PhD in Sanskrit and Indian Studies. He is well published in the information management field.

Colleen Murphy-Dunning is the Director of the Urban Resources Initiative. Colleen received her B.S. in Public and Environmental Affairs from Indiana University, and a M.S. in Forestry from Humboldt State University. In addition to leading URI, Ms. Murphy-Dunning partners with faculty at FES to teach courses in environmental justice, monitoring and evaluation methods, and urban ecology. Prior to coming to Yale University in 1995, she taught agroforestry at the Kenya Forestry College as a Peace Corps volunteer. She also led the New Guinea campaign for Rainforest Action Network from 1988-90.