Northern Research Station
705 Spear Street
Burlington, Vermont 05403
Phone: (802) 951-6771 x1120;
The University of Vermont (UVM),
Burlington, VT, BS Forestry with a coordinate major in Environmental
UVM, Burlington, VT, M.S. Forestry,
Southern Connecticut State University,
New Haven, CT, teaching certification, 1989.
UVM, Burlington, VT, Ph.D. Botany, 1996.
My career has consistently focused on
understanding the impacts of abiotic stress on tree physiology and health.
I currently coordinate a diverse collaborative group of scientists from the
USDA Forest Service (Northeastern, Southern, and Pacific Northwest Research
Stations) and The University of Vermont (primarily the Rubenstein School of
Environment and Natural Resources) that evaluate the influence of
anthropogenic stress on noted declines in forest health and productivity.
This research encompasses three themes: 1) understanding the impacts of
anthropogenic stress on tree physiology and health, 2) understanding and
preserving tree stress response systems, and 3) developing meaningful
indicators of tree stress. At its basis, this research is intended to
provide a mechanistic understanding of the causes and impacts of
anthropogenic stress on forest health, thereby providing scientists, policy
makers, and managers with information needed to formulate accurate risk
assessment, prevention, and mitigation efforts. Recently, this
research has focused on understanding how acid deposition, nitrogen
pollution, and climate change may contribute to the declines of important
tree species such as red spruce, sugar maple, and yellow-cedar.
However, studies also include basic research into the biochemistry and
physiology of tree stress response mechanisms, including evaluations of the
possible use of red fall leaf coloration as an indicator of stress exposure
- Fellow, Gund Institute for Ecological
Economics, UVM; 2002-present.
- Graduate Faculty, UVM; 1999-present.
- Adjunct Associate (formerly Assistant)
Professor, UVM; 1996-present.
- Research Plant Physiologist, RWU-4103;
- Biological Sciences Laboratory
Technician, RWU-4103; 1989-1995.
- Secondary School Science Teacher,
Department of Education, Georgia, VT. (1989) and Department of Education,
Cheshire, CT; 1988-1989.
- Research Assistant, UVM; 1985-1986.
- Biological Laboratory Technician,
- Graduate Research Fellow, UVM;
Professional and Civic Affiliations:
- Ecological Society of America
- American Institute of Biological
- Society of American Foresters
- Xi Sigma Pi
- Green Mountain Club