Silviculture and Forest Ecology

We ask questions that bridge ecology and management, incorporating both biophysical and human elements. The common thread linking our areas of study is silviculture, the applied ecology of forest systems. Members of the lab work around the world, in tropical, temperate and boreal biomes. Through fieldwork, laboratory analysis and theoretical approaches, we seek to advance understanding of the relationships between vegetation, biophysical processes and human value systems.

Lab Partners

The Ashton Lab works in close collaboration with other faculty who have strong forest interests, including Timothy Gregoire, Chad Oliver, Graeme Berlyn, Brad Gentry, Mark Bradford, and Susan Clark.

Information for prospective
graduate students

Yale School Forests

Environmental Leadership
& Training Institute (ELTI)

Lab news:

February 2014: Mark Ashton has published a paper in Biotropica with Uromi Goodale, Graeme Berlyn, Time Gregoire, and Kushan Tennakoon. Differences in Survival and Growth Among Tropical Rain Forest Pioneer Tree Seedlings in Relation to Canopy Openness and Herbivory.

February 2014: Mark Ashton has published a paper with James Gragan, R. Matthew Landis, Christopher Free, Mark Schultz, and Marco Lentini in Journal of Applied Ecology, Big-leaf mahogany Swietenia macrophylla population dynamics and implications for sustainable management.

October 2013: Mark Ashton has published a paper with Tina Schneider, Florencia Montagnini, and Paciencia Milan in New Forests Growth, Performance of sixty tree species in smallholder reforestation trials on Leyte, Philippines.

October 2013: Molly Roske was awarded third place in student presentations byt the Forest Science and Technology Board at the 2013 Society of American Foresters convention for her research on "Forest Fragmentation and Riparian Ecosystem Health in the Dry Tropics of Panama".