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.


Selected Publications

D'Amato, A. W., C. W. Woodall, A. R. Weiskittel, C. E. Littlefield, and L. T. Murray. 2022. Carbon conundrums: Do United States' current carbon market baselines represent an undesirable ecological threshold? Global Change Biology 28:3991-3994.

Littlefield, C. E., and A. W. D'Amato. 2022. Identifying trade-offs and opportunities for forest carbon and wildlife using a climate change adaptation lens. Conservation Science and Practice 4:e12631.

Clark, P. W., A. W. D'Amato, K. S. Evans, P. G. Schaberg, and C. W. Woodall. 2022. Ecological memory and regional context influence performance of adaptation plantings in northeastern US temperate forests. Journal of Applied Ecology 59:314-329.

Grinde, A. R., M. B. Youngquist, R. A. Slesak, S. R. Kolbe, J. D. Bednar, B. J. Palik, and A. W. D'Amato. 2022. Potential impacts of emerald ash borer and adaptation strategies on wildlife communities in black ash wetlands. Ecological Applications 32:e2567.

D’Amato, A. W., and B. J. Palik. 2021. Building on the last “new” thing: exploring the compatibility of ecological and adaptation silviculture. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 51:172-180.

Rogers, N. S., A. W. D’Amato, and W. B. Leak. 2021. Long-term evolution of composition and structure after repeated group selection over eight decades. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 51:1080-1091.

Nevins, M. T., A. W. D'Amato, and J. R. Foster. 2021. Future forest composition under a changing climate and adaptive forest management in southeastern Vermont, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 479:118527.

Andrews, C. M., A. W. D'Amato, S. Fraver, B. Palik, M. A. Battaglia, and J. B. Bradford. 2020. Low stand density moderates growth declines during hot droughts in semi-arid forests. Journal of Applied Ecology 57:1089-1102.

Curzon, M. T., C. C. Kern, S. C. Baker, B. J. Palik, and A. W. D’Amato. 2020. Retention forestry influences understory diversity and functional identity. Ecological Applications 30:e02097.

Tony D'Amato

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

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


  • 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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