Forest Ecology

The Forest Ecology Program focuses on understanding our dynamic world, engaging learners of all ages in field-based research, and developing effective stewardship responses to global change threats.

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Director of Forest Ecology, Dr. Nicholas A. Fisichelli


Advancing interdisciplinary field-based forest research, controlled experiments, and systems modeling.


Leading participatory field studies, discovery, and observations of the natural world.


Facilitating effective resource stewardship through science and decision-making support.

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Latest Projects


Cadillac Mountain Restoration

Vegetation restoration experiment testing methods to re-establish plants on eroded areas of Cadillac Mountain summit (1530’).




Acadia Island Forests

Assessing forest change on Acadia National Park islands by resampling forest monitoring plots established around 25 years ago on eight islands.




Tree Test Beds

Examining tree seedling responses of northern and southern tree species within common gardens along a climate gradient in coastal Maine.




Schoodic to Schoodic Forests

Observational studies of tree seedling dynamics across a coastal to inland climate gradient.





Forest Biodiversity

What species are found in our forests, how does biodiversity above, and below ground relate?




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Recent Publications

Janowiak, Maria K.; D’Amato, Anthony W.; Swanston, Christopher W.; Iverson, Louis; Thompson, Frank R.; Dijak, William D.; Matthews, Stephen; Peters, Matthew P.; Prasad, Anantha; Fraser, Jacob S.; Brandt, Leslie A.; Butler-Leopold, Patricia; Handler, Stephen D.; Shannon, P. Danielle; Burbank, Diane; Campbell, John; Cogbill, Charles; Duveneck, Matthew J.; Emery, Marla R.; Fisichelli, Nicholas; Foster, Jane; Hushaw, Jennifer; Kenefic, Laura; Mahaffey, Amanda; Morelli, Toni Lyn; Reo, Nicholas J.; Schaberg, Paul G.; Simmons, K. Rogers; Weiskittel, Aaron; Wilmot, Sandy; Hollinger, David; Lane, Erin; Rustad, Lindsey; Templer, Pamela H. New England and Northern New York Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis: A Report from the New England Climate Change Response Framework Project. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-173. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 234 p.

Fisichelli, N., Miller, K. 2017. Weeds, worms, and deer: positive relationships among common forest understory stressors. Biological Invasions.

Middleton B., Boudell J., Fisichelli N. 2017. Using management to address vegetation stress related to land-use and climate change. Restoration Ecology. doi: 10.1111/rec.12507

Thakur M., Reich P., Wagg C., Fisichelli N., Ciobanu M., Hobbie S., Rich R., Stefanski A., Eisenhauer N. 2016. Effects of soil warming history on the performances of congeneric temperate and boreal herbaceous plant species and their associations with soil biota. Journal of Plant Ecology: doi:10.1093/jpe/rtw066.

Monahan W., Rosemartin A., Gerst K., Fisichelli N., Ault T., Schwartz M., Gross J., Weltzin J. 2016. Climate change is advancing spring onset across the US national park system. Ecosphere 7(10):e01465. 10.1002/ecs2.1465.

Craven D., Thakur M., Cameron E., Frelich L., Beausejour R., Blair R., Blossey B., Burtis J., Choi A., Davalos A., Fahey T., Fisichelli N., Gibson K., Handa I., Hopfensperger K., Loss S., Nuzzo V., Maerz J., Sackett T., Scharenboch B., Smith S., Vellend M., Umek L., Eisenhauer N. 2016. The unseen invaders: introduced earthworms as drivers of change in plant communities in North American forests (a meta-analysis). Global Change Biology: doi:10.111/gcb.13446.

Fisichelli N., Schuurman G., Hoffman C.H. 2016. Is ‘resilience’ maladaptive? Towards an accurate lexicon for climate change adaptation. Environmental Management 57(4): 753-758.

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