Recent Publications from the Ashton Lab Group


Oldfield, E., A.J. Felson, N. Auyeung, T.W. Crowther, N. Falxa-Raymond, Y. Harada, D.S. Maynard, N.W. Sokol, R.I. Warren, R.J., Hallett, M.S. Ashton & M.A. Bradford. Growing the urban forest: tree performance in response to biotic and abiotic land management. Restoration Ecology (In press).

Craven, D., M. van Breugel, J.S. Hall, M.S. Ashton and G.P. Berlyn. 2015. Changing gears during succession: shifting ecological strategies in young tropical secondary forests. Oecologia (in press).

Covey, K., C.J.W. Carroll, M.C. Duguid, K. Dorji, T. Dorji, S. Tashi & M.S. Ashton.  2015. Developmental dynamics following selective logging of evergreen oak forest in the Eastern Himalaya, Bhutan: Stucture, composition and spatial pattern. Forest Ecology and Management 336: 235-243.

Ashton, M.S., Duguid, M.C., Barrett, A.L., & K. Covey. 2015. Yale School Forests, New England, United States of America. In: “Forest Plans of North America”, Siry, J.P., Bettinger, P., Merry, K., Grebner, D.L., Boston, K., & C. Cieszewski. Academic Press, New York, NY. 253-364 pp.


Ashton, M.S., U.M. Goodale, K.S. Bawa, P.S. Ashton, and J.D. Neidel (Editors). 2014. Restoring Working Forests in Human Dominated Forest in Tropical South Asia. Forest Ecology and Management, Special Issue V. 329

Martin, M.P., Peters, C.M., and M.S. Ashton. 2014. Revisiting camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia): Twenty-seven years of fruit collection and flooding at an ox-bow lake in Peruvian Amazonia. Economic Botany

Warren, K.L. and M.S. Ashton. 2014. Change in soil and forest floor carbon after shelterwood harvests in a New England oak-hardwood forest, USA. International Journal of Forest Research.

Ashton, M.S., I.A.U.N. Gunatilleke, C.V.S. Gunatilleke, K.Tennakoon, and P.S. Ashton (2014) The use and cultivation of plants that yield products other than timber from South Asian forests, and their potential in forest restoration. Forest Ecology and Management.

Ashton, M.S., C.V.S. Gunatilleke, I.A.U.N. Gunatillke, B.M.P. Singhakumara, S. Gamage, C. Tomimura and T. Shibayama. (in press). Relay floristics as a model for restoration of rain forest beneath pine plantations: A review of the literature with special application to tropical South Asia. Forest Ecology and Management.

Grogan, J., Landis, R. M., Free, C. M., Schulze, M. D., Lentini, M., Ashton, M. S. (2014), Big-leaf mahogany Swietenia macrophylla population dynamics and implications for sustainable management. Journal of Applied Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12210

Goodale, U. M., Berlyn, G. P., Gregoire, T. G. , Tennakoon, K. U. and Ashton, M. S. (2014), Differences in Survival and Growth Among Tropical Rain Forest Pioneer Tree Seedlings in Relation to Canopy Openness and Herbivory. Biotropica, 46: 183–193. doi: 10.1111/btp.12088

Tyrrell, M., Fried, M., Ashton, M., & R. Campbell. 2014. The Quiet Corner Initiative at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. In: “Conservation catalysts: The academy as nature’s agent”.  Levitt, J.N. (Editor), Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, MA. 151-170 pp.


Schneider, T., Ashton, M.S., Montagnini, F., and P.P. Milan. 2013. Growth performance of sixty tree species in smallholder reforestation trials on Leyte, Philippines. New Forests. 45(1): 83-96; doi 10.1007/s11056-013-9393-5

Jack-scott, E., Piana, M., Troxel, B., Murphy-dunning, C., & Ashton, M.S. 2013. Stewardship Success: How Community Group Dynamics Affect Urban
Street Tree Survival and Growth. Journal of Arboriculture and Urban Forestry, 39;189–196.

Duguid, M.C., & M.S. Ashton. 2013. A meta-analysis of the effect of forest management for timber on understory plant species diversity in temperate forests. Forest Ecology and Management. 303, 81-90.

Duguid, M.C., Frey, B.R., Ellum, D.S., Kelty, M. & M.S. Ashton. 2013. The influence of ground disturbance and gap position on understory plant diversity in upland forests of southern New England. Forest Ecology and Management. 303, 148-159.

Alcott, E, Ashton, M.S., and B.S. Gentry (Editors). 2013. Natural and Engineered Solutions for Drinking Water Supplies: Lesson from the Northeastern United States and Directions for Global Watershed Management. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 290 p. Link

Troxel, B., Piana, M., Ashton, M.S., Murphy-Dunning, C., 2013. Relationships between bole and crown size for young urban trees in the northeastern USA. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. 12:144-153. Link


Craven, D., Hall, J.S., Ashton, M.S., and G.P. Berlyn. 2012. Water-use efficiency and whole-plant performance of nine tropical tree species at two sites with contrasting water availability in Panama. Trees: Structure and Function

Goodale, U.M., Ashton, M.S., Berlyn, G.P., Gregoire, T.G., Singhakumara, B.M.P., & K.U. Tennakoon. 2012. Disturbance and tropical pioneer species: Patterns of association across life history stages. Forest Ecology and Management 277: 54-66.

Laurance, W.F., et al., 2012. Averting biodiversity collapse in tropical forest protected areas. Nature 489: 290-294.

Tomimura, C., Singhakumara, B.M.P., & M.S. Ashton. 2012. Pattern and composition of secondary succession beneath Caribbean pine plantations of southwest Sri Lanka. Journal of Sustainable Forestry 31: 818-834.

Ashton, M.S., Tyrrell, M.L., Spalding, D., & B. Gentry (Editors). 2012. Managing Forest Carbon in a Changing Climate. Springer Verlag, New York. 410p.

DuVal, A., Muruetagoiena, T., & M.S. Ashton (Editors).  2012. Multiple-Use Management of Protected Natural Areas: Integrating Conservation, Restoration and Recreation in the Spanish Basque country. Nova Publ., New York.