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Sunday, August 30, 2015

UVM Convocation & Twilight Induction

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Patick Gymnasium
Description: All UVM Community members are invited to attend the Convocation Ceremony in the Patrick Gymnasium on followed by the Class of 2019 Twilight Induction on the University Green.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

First Day of Classes

Day Event

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

RSENR Master's Seminar & Defense: Andrea Urbano

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Aiken 103
Description: Long-term forest structural development and carbon dynamics as influenced by land-use history and reforestation pathway

By Andrea R. Urbano

Seminar: 9:30 am, Aiken 103
Defense: 10:30 am, Aiken 103

Committee
William S. Keeton, Ph.D., Professor, RSENR, Advisor
Stephanie E. Hurley, DDes, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant and Soil Science, Chair
Carol E. Adair, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, RSENR

ABSTRACT
Temperate forests are an important carbon sink, yet there is uncertainty regarding land-use history effects on biomass accumulation potential in secondary forests. Understanding long-term biomass dynamics is important for managing forests as carbon sinks and for co-benefits such as watershed protection and biodiversity. To improve this understanding, we employed a longitudinal study based on twelve years of empirical data (2001-2013) collected from 60 permanent monitoring plots within 16 reference stands at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, VT. This research evaluates the long-term effects of reforestation approaches (planting vs. natural regeneration) and management history (low harvest intensities at varied frequencies) on biomass outcomes. We generated biometrics indicative of stand structural complexity, including the H’ index, and aboveground biomass (live trees, snags, and downed coarse woody debris pools) estimates. Multivariate analyses evaluated the relative predictive strength of reforestation approach, management history, and site characteristics for carbon pools and structural complexity indicators.

Classification and Regression Tree analysis ranked reforestation method as the strongest predictor of long-term mean total aboveground carbon storage, while harvest frequency, and stand age were selected as secondary variables. Forest percent conifer was the strongest predictor of H’ index, while harvest intensity and frequency were secondary variables. Our results suggest that a variety of long-term recovery pathways converge on high levels of aboveground carbon storage, but choice of silvicultural management can dramatically alter those trajectories. Total aboveground biomass co-varied with H’ (R2 = 0.25). Thus, our dataset had a positive relationship between forest carbon storage and structural complexity, supporting the concept of multifunctional forestry emphasizing late-successional habitats.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

RSENR Doc Donnelly Day Welcome Back Picnic

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Lawn bet Aiken Stafford Hills
Description: The Rubenstein School DOC DONNELLY DAY PICNIC

The Rubenstein School Community is invited for food and games!

Undergraduates
Grad Students
Faculty and Staff

Stafford Green -- Northeast Side of Aiken
(Between Hills, Stafford, Aiken and Carrigan Wing)

~FREE TO ALL IN THE RUBENSTEIN SCHOOL~

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

UVM Staff Social on the Green

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Bailey Howe/Davis Center Green
Description: Bailey Howe/Davis Center Green between the Davis Center and Bailey Howe Library

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