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 George D. Aiken Forestry Sciences Lab                        705 Spear Street  South Burlington, Vermont 05403

(802) 951-6771


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Paul Schaberg

Research Plant Physiologist

Northern Research Station

705 Spear Street

Burlington, Vermont 05403

Phone: (802) 951-6771 x1120;

Fax: (802) 951-6368



  • The University of Vermont (UVM), Burlington, VT, BS Forestry with a coordinate major in Environmental Studies, 1981.

  • UVM, Burlington, VT, M.S. Forestry, 1985.

  • Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT, teaching certification, 1989.

  • UVM, Burlington, VT, Ph.D. Botany, 1996.

Career Summary:

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 and response.

Specific Experience:

  • 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; 1995-present.
  • 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, RWU-4103; 1985.
  • Graduate Research Fellow, UVM; 1982-1984.

Professional and Civic Affiliations:

  • Ecological Society of America
  • American Institute of Biological Sciences
  • Society of American Foresters
  • Xi Sigma Pi
  • Green Mountain Club





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