Professor, Director of Forestry Program, Director of UVM Research Forests

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.


Bolton, N. W., and A. W. D’Amato. 2019. Herbaceous vegetation responses to gap size within natural disturbance-based silvicultural systems in northeastern Minnesota, USA. Forests 10:111.

Carter, D. R., R. A. Slesak, T. B. Harrington, D. H. Peter, and A. W. D’Amato. 2019. Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) modifies microenvironment to promote nonnative plant communities. Biological Invasions 21:1055-1073.

Heuss, M., A. W. D'Amato, and K. J. Dodds. 2019. Northward expansion of southern pine beetle generates significant alterations to forest structure and composition of globally rare Pinus rigida forests. Forest Ecology and Management 434:119-130.

Lewandowski, T. E., J. A. Forrester, D. J. Mladenoff, A. W. D'Amato, D. S. A. Fassnacht, E. Padley, and K. J. Martin. 2019. Do biological legacies moderate the effects of forest harvesting on soil microbial community composition and soil respiration. Forest Ecology and Management 432:298-308.

Murray, H. F., and A. W. D'Amato. 2019. Stand dynamics and structure of two primary Champlain Valley clayplain forests, Vermont. Northeastern Naturalist 26:95-115.

Palik, B. J., and A. W. D’Amato. 2019. Variable retention harvesting in Great Lakes mixed-pine forests: emulating a natural model in managed ecosystems. Ecological Processes 8:16.

Reuling, L. F., A. W. D’Amato, B. J. Palik, K. J. Martin, and D. S. A. Fassnacht. 2019. Initial tree regeneration response to natural-disturbance-based silviculture in second-growth northern hardwood forests. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 49:628-639.

Santoro, J. A., and A. W. D'Amato. 2019. Structural, compositional, and functional responses to tornado and salvage logging disturbance in southern New England hemlock-hardwood forests. Forest Ecology and Management 444:138-150.

Vickers, L. A., W. H. McWilliams, B. O. Knapp, A. W. D'Amato, M. R. Saunders, S. R. Shifley, J. M. Kabrick, D. C. Dey, D. R. Larsen, and J. A. Westfall. 2019. Using a tree seedling mortality budget as an indicator of landscape-scale forest regeneration security. Ecological Indicators 96:718-727.

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


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Office Location:

204E Aiken Center