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 The Role of Environmental Stress on Tree Growth and Development
 Ecological Processes: A Basis for Managing Forests and Water Quality in New England
 Integrating Social and Biophysical Sciences for Natural Resource Management
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 George D. Aiken Forestry Sciences Lab                        705 Spear Street  South Burlington, Vermont 05403

(802) 951-6771

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                             Donald F. Dennis

Research Forest Economist

Northeastern Research Station
705 Spear St., P.O. Box 968
Burlington, VT 05402-0968

Phone: (802) 951-6771 x1080; Fax: (802) 951-6368



  • B.B.A. 1972 (Business/Accounting) Bernard Baruch College, City University of New York.
  • M.S. 1977 (Forest Resource Management) University of New Hampshire.
  • M.S. 1982 (Forestry and Environmental Studies) Yale University.
  • M.Ph. 1983 (Forestry and Environmental Studies) Yale University.
  • Ph.D. 1988 (Forest Economics) Yale University.

Professional Experience:

  • Accountant, New York, NY, 1972-74, Montpelier, VT 1978.
  • Forestry Tech/Supervisory Forestry Tech., Deerlodge and Helena National Forests, 1975-76.
  • Research Forester/Resource Analyst, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, Forest Inventory and Analysis, Broomall, PA and Hamden, CT. 1979-1983.
  • Research Economist, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, Economic Potential of Forest Production in the North, Burlington, VT 1983-1993.
  • Research Forester, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Managing Forest Ecosystems, Burlington, VT, 1993-present.
  • Current Research:

    Management of forest ecosystems entails decisions that effect the production, conservation, and allocation of increasingly scarce resources. Difficult choices, often involving conflicting uses, must be made by resource managers. Biophysical information and technical expertise alone are not sufficient for choosing among alternative management strategies. Human wants, needs, beliefs, and values must also be considered. The focus of my current research is on improved decision making capabilities, through development of procedures to systematically analyze ecosystem management decisions that involve a wide range of biophysical, financial, social, and moral values. Development of procedures to solicit and analyze public preferences and assess extramarket values is a key component to the successful integration of a human dimension to ecosystem management.

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