Yvette Dickinson



Dr Yvette Dickinson is a Silvicultural Scientist and Team Leader for Silviculture and Forest Carbon. Her work navigates the intersection of ecology and forest management, through applying forest ecology knowledge to the sustainable management of our forests for a wide variety of values, including but not limited to: carbon sequestration, aesthetics, wildlife habitat, mitigating fire hazard, conservation, and timber production. Yvette uses empirical field experiments and modelling to understand the influence of our management on stand dynamics, and the provision of ecosystem services.


  • BForSc (Hons), University of Canterbury, Christchurch - 2004
  • MSc (Hons), Environmental Science, University of Canterbury, Christchurch - 2008
  • PhD, Forest Resources, The Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, USA - 2013

Research capabilities

  • Applied forest ecology and silviculture
  • Stand and forest dynamics
  • Stand- and landscape-scale forest structure

Career highlights

  • Visiting Erskine Fellowship, University of Canterbury, 2021
  • Technology Transfer Publication Award, US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, United States Forest Service, 2017

Selected papers

Helman, A., Kelly, M.C., Rouleau, M., and Dickinson, Y.L. (In press) Preferences for Northern Hardwood Silviculture among Family Forest Owners in Michigan’s Upper Penninsula. Journal of Forestry.

Hupperts, S. F., Webster, C. R., Froese, R. E., Lilleskov, E., Marcarelli, A. and Dickinson, Y.L. (2020) Increasing ground-layer plant taxonomic diversity masks declining phylogenetic diversity along a silvicultural disturbance gradient. Canadian Journal of Forest Research.

Hupperts, S. F., Webster, C. R., Froese, R. E., and Dickinson, Y.L. (2020). Seedling and sapling recruitment following novel silvicultural treatments in Great Lakes northern hardwoods. Forest Ecology and Management 462: 117983.

Vickers, L.A., McWilliams, W.H., Knapp, B.O., D’Amato, A.W., Dey, D.C., Dickinson, Y.L., Kabrick, J.M., Kenefic, L.S., Royo, A.A., Saunders, M.R., Shifley, S.R. and Westfall, M.R., (2019) Are current seedling demographics poised to regenerate northern US forests? Journal of Forestry fvz046: 1–21

Dickinson, Y.L., Battaglia, M.A. and Asherin, L. (2019) Evaluation of the GENGYM diameter growth model and potential modifications in structurally-complex ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa Douglas ex C. Lawson) forests. Journal of Forest Ecology 448: 1–10

Dickinson, Y.L., Wang, X., Wiedenbeck, J. and Ross, R.J. (2019) Effects of silvicultural practices on engineering properties of northern hardwood species of the Great Lakes region — A Literature Review. General Technical Report FPL-GTR-269. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 17p.

Addington, R.N., Aplet, G.H., Battaglia, M.A., Briggs, J.S., Brown, P.M., Cheng, T.S., Dickinson, Y., Feinstein, J.A., Fornwalt, P.J., Gannon, B., Julian, C., Pelz, K.A., Regan, C.M., Thinnes, J., Truex, R., Underhill, J. and Wolk, B. (2018) Principles and practices for the restoration of ponderosa pine and dry mixed-conifer forests of the Colorado Front Range. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-372. Ft Collins, CO. US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 121p.

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

Hupperts, S.F., Dickinson, Y.L., Webster, C.R., Kern, C.C. (2018) Promoting structural and species diversity in Great Lakes northern hardwoods: a conceptual model and its application. Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research https://doi.org/10.1093/forestry/cpy026

McWilliams, W.H., Westfall, J.A., Brose, P.H., Dey, D.C., D'Amato, A.W., Dickinson, Y.L., Fajvan, M.A., Kenefic, L.S., Kern, C.C., Laustsen, K.M., Lehman, S.L., Morin, R.S., Ristau, T.E., Royo, A.A., Stoltman, A.M. and Stout, S.L. (2018) Subcontinental-scale patterns of large-ungulate herbivory and synoptic review of restoration management implications for midwestern and northeastern forests. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-182. Newtown Square, PA. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 24 p. https://doi.org/10.2737/NRS-GTR-182

Webster, C.R., Dickinson, Y.L., Burton, J.I., Frelich, L.E., Jenkins, M.A., Kern, C.C., Raymond, P., Saunders, M.R., Walters, M.B., Willis, J.L. (2018) Promoting and maintaining diversity in contemporary hardwood forests: confronting contemporary drivers of change and the loss of ecological memory. Forest Ecology and Management 421: 98–108 (Tamm Review)

Widen, M.J., Petras O’Neil, M.A., Dickinson, Y.L., Webster, C.R. (2018) Rubus persistence within silvicultural openings and its impact on regeneration: The influence of opening size and advance regeneration. Forest Ecology and Management 427: 162–168