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:

May 2014: Kayanna Warren and Mark Ashton have published their paper "Change in Soil and Forest Floor Carbon after Shelterwood Harvests in a New England Oak-Hardwood Forest, USA" in International Journal of Forestry Research.

May 2014: Meredith Martin, Mark Ashton, and Chuck Peters have published a paper "Revisiting Camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia): Twenty-seven Years of Fruit Collection and Flooding at an Oxbow Lake in Peruvian Amazonia" in Economic Botany.

April 2014: James Grogan and Mark Ashton paper with R. Matthew Landis, Christopher Free, Mark Schultz, and Marco Lentini in Journal of Applied Ecology has has been selected as Editor's Choice for Issue 3 volume 51. Big-leaf mahogany Swietenia macrophylla population dynamics and implications for sustainable management.

April 2014: Mark Ashton has published a paper with I.A.U.N. Gunatilleke, C.V.S. Gunatilleke, K. Tennakoon, and P.S. Ashton in Forest Ecology and Management. Use and cultivation of plants that yield products other than timber from South Asian tropical forests, and their potential in forest restoration.

April 2014: Molly Roske presented her masters research on Forest Fragmentation and Riparian Ecosystem Health in the Dry Tropics of Panama at the IUFRO International Conference of Forest Change in Munich Germany.

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.