Professor, Director of Forestry Program

Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology

My research interests center on evaluating the efficacy of traditional and experimental silvicultural strategies at meeting the increasingly diverse range of forest management objectives on public and private land. Specific research areas include: understanding the developmental dynamics and productivity of natural and managed forest systems, particularly within the context of changing global conditions and societal objectives; identifying factors affecting natural regeneration dynamics; and investigating the nature and influence of plant competitive interactions on long-term patterns of tree growth and forest structural development.


D’Amato, A. W., E. J. Jokela, K. L. O’Hara, and J. N. Long. 2018. Silviculture in the United States: an amazing period of change over the past 30 years. Journal of Forestry 116:55-67.

D’Amato, A. W., B. J. Palik, R. A. Slesak, G. Edge, C. Matula, and D. R. Bronson. 2018. Evaluating adaptive management options for black ash forests in the face of emerald ash borer invasion. Forests 9:348-365.

Dodds, K. J., C. F. Aoki, A. Arango-Velez, J. Cancelliere, A. W. D’Amato, M. F. DiGirolomo, and R. J. Rabaglia. 2018. Expansion of Southern Pine Beetle into Northeastern Forests: Management and Impact of a Primary Bark Beetle in a New Region. Journal of Forestry 116:178-191.

Fahey, R. T., B. C. Alveshere, J. I. Burton, A. W. D'Amato, Y. L. Dickinson, W. S. Keeton, C. C. Kern, A. J. Larson, B. J. Palik, K. J. Puettmann, M. R. Saunders, C. R. Webster, J. W. Atkins, C. M. Gough, and B. S. Hardiman. 2018. Shifting conceptions of complexity in forest management and silviculture. Forest Ecology and Management 421:59-71.

Fraver, S., M. Tajvidi, A. W. D’Amato, D. L. Lindner, J. A. Forrester, and A. M. Milo. 2018. Woody material structural degradation through decomposition on the forest floor. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 48:111-115.

Kolka, R. K., A. W. D’Amato, J. W. Wagenbrenner, R. A. Slesak, T. G. Pypker, M. B. Youngquist, A. R. Grinde, and B. J. Palik. 2018. Review of ecosystem level impacts of emerald ash borer on black ash wetlands: what does the future hold? Forests 9:179-194.

Ontl, T. A., C. Swanston, L. A. Brandt, P. R. Butler, A. W. D’Amato, S. D. Handler, M. K. Janowiak, and P. D. Shannon. 2018. Adaptation pathways: ecoregion and land ownership influences on climate adaptation decision-making in forest management. Climatic Change 146:75-88.

Sass, E. M., A. W. D'Amato, and D. R. Foster. 2018. Lasting legacies of historical clearcutting, wind, and salvage logging on old-growth Tsuga canadensis-Pinus strobus forests. Forest Ecology and Management 419-420:31-41. 

Tony D'Amato

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Instructional programs: Forestry, Natural Resources
Research: Silviculture, forest ecology, forest management


  • Ph.D. Forest Resources, University of Massachusetts, 2007
  • M.S. Forest Science, Oregon State University, 2002
  • B.S. Forest Ecosystem Science, University of Maine, 2000


  • 802-656-8030
Office Location:

204E Aiken Center