Yvette Dickinson



Yvette Dickinson's research applies forest ecology principles to the sustainable management of our forests for a variety of benefits including carbon sequestration, climate change adaption, mitigating  hazardous wildfires, protection of soil and water, healthy forests, conservation and biodiversity, aesthetics and recreation, and wood production.  She has over twenty years of experience working in forestry, science and academia; and, has worked in a wide variety of forest ecosystems, including native forests and exotic forest plantations of New Zealand, mixed-hardwoods in eastern United States, and the conifer forests of the Southern Rockies.


  • 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

Myers, A. L., Storer, A. J., Dickinson, Y. L., & Bal, T. L. (2023). A Review of Propagation and Restoration Techniques for American Beech and Their Current and Future Application in Mitigation of Beech Bark Disease. Sustainability, 15(9), 7490.

Jones, A. G., Cridge, A., Fraser, S., Holt, L., Klinger, S., McGregor, K. F., ... & Dickinson, Y. (2023). Transitional forestry in New Zealand: re‐evaluating the design and management of forest systems through the lens of forest purpose. Biological Reviews. https://doi.org/10.1111/brv.12941

Bartlick, C. I., Burton, J. I., Webster, C. R., Froese, R. E., Hupperts, S. F., & Dickinson, Y. L. (2023). Artificial Tip-Up Mounds Influence Tree Seedling Composition in a Managed Northern Hardwood Forest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, e-First. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjfr-2022-0252

Hovde, T. J., Forsman, J. W., Ross, R. J., Rudnick, M., Xie, X., Wang, X., & Dickson, Y. L. (2022). Sight versus Sound: Do Visual Assessments of Dead Standing Trees Reflect Acoustic Non-destructive Evaluations of Wood Quality? Forests, 13(10), 1680.

Hupperts, S. F., Webster, C. R., Froese, R. E., Bal, B.J. and Dickinson, Y.L. (2022) Influence of strip clearcuts, deer exclusion and herbicide on initial sapling recruitment in northern hardwood forests.  Forests 13(7):1149

Bhatt, P., Maclean, A., Dickinson, Y., and Kumar, C. (2022) Fine-scale mapping of natural ecological communities using machine learning approaches. Remote Sensing 14(3):563

Myers, A.L., Dickinson, Y.L., Storer, A.J., and Bal, T.L. (2022) A pilot study of transplanting methods for wilding American beech (Fagus grandifolia). Horticulturae 8(7):565

Kern, C.C., and Dickinson, Y.L. (2021) Introduction to special issue “Bridging Science and Management for the Future of Northern hardwood forest ecosystems.  Forest Ecology and Management 119880

Musah, M.[1], Wang, X, Dickinson, Y., Ross, R.J., Rudnicki, M., and Xie, X. (2021) Durability of the adhesive bond in cross-laminated northern hardwoods and softwoods. Construction and Building Materials 307: 124267

Vander Molen, M.S., Knapp, S.P., Webster, C.R., Kern, C.C., and Dickinson, Y.L. (2021) Spatial patterning of regeneration failure in experimental canopy gaps 15-24 years post-harvest.  Forest Ecology and Management 499: 119577

Ma, Y., Dai, Q., Wang, X, Begel, M, Dickinson, Y., Xie, X., and Ross, R.J. (2021) Flexural and shear performance of CLT panels made from salvaged white spruce. Materials and Structures 302:124381

Helman, A., Kelly, M.C., Rouleau, M., and Dickinson, Y.L. (2020) Preferences for Northern Hardwood Silviculture among Family Forest Owners in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Journal of Forestry 119(2): 113-129

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 50(12):1259-1267.

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)