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.
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.
Interested in doing forest research with Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park?
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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.
Observational studies of tree seedling dynamics across a coastal to inland climate gradient.
What species are found in our forests, how does biodiversity above, and below ground relate?
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.