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Ph.D. Dissertation Proposal Defense: Changing Forests: Modeling Future Forest Succession, Timber Harvesting and Ecosystem Services Tradeoffs in Vermont
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Green Conference Room, Aiken 311
Description: Seminar and Ph.D. Dissertation Proposal Defense
CHANGING FORESTS: MODELING FUTURE FOREST SUCCESSION, TIMBER HARVESTING AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES TRADEOFFS IN VERMONT
By Eduardo M. Rodriguez
Jon Erickson, Professor, RSENR, Advisor
Asim Zia, Associate Professor, CDAE, Chair
Gillian Galford, Research Assistant Professor, RSENR
Kimberly Wallin, Associate Professor, RSENR
Forest cover in Vermont is decreasing for the first time since the nineteenth century, and is likely to face increasing pressures from climate change, exurban development, and renewable energy demands in the coming decades. Forests provide us with innumerable benefits such as carbon storage, timber products, wildlife habitat, water filtration, and recreational opportunities. For continued provision of these ecosystem services there is a need for effective, comprehensive management of Vermont’s forest landscape.
This study will analyze alternative forest management strategies using dynamic forest modelling, landowner survey methods, ecosystem service tradeoff analysis, and natural capital accounting. I will simulate wind disturbance and salvage logging in Chittenden County using a forest landscape model (LANDIS II), develop alternative scenarios of forest management strategies for the State of Vermont, and analyze tradeoffs in ecosystem service provision. Survey data that describe forest landowner characteristics and motivations will inform the simulations and scenario development. Finally, I will refine the current calculation of forest value in the Genuine Progress Indicator by incorporating differences in forest characteristics.
This multi-faceted approach will contribute to the assessment of the current state of Vermont’s forests, and to our understanding of how different management paths may affect the ability of forests to provide us with valuable ecosystem services in the future.