Mark J. Ducey

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A critical ecological question in plantation management is whether fertilization, which generally increases yield, results in enhanced C sequestration over short rotations. We present a rotation-length hybrid process model (SECRETS-3PG) that was calibrated (using control treatments; CW) and verified (using fertilized treatments; FW) using daily estimates of(More)
Environmental mercury exposure of birds through atmospheric deposition and watershed point-source contamination is an issue of increasing concern globally. The saltmarsh sparrow (Ammodramus caudacutus) is of high conservation concern throughout its range and the potential threat of mercury exposure adds to other anthropogenic stressors, including sea level(More)
Biomass accumulation in the secondary forests of abandoned pastures and slash-and-burn agricultural fallows is an important but poorly constrained component of the regional carbon budget for the Brazilian Amazon. Using empirical relationships derived from a global analysis, we predicted potential aboveground biomass accumulation (ABA) for the region's(More)
The amount and dynamics of forest dead wood (both standing and downed) has been quantified by a variety of approaches throughout the forest science and ecology literature. Differences in the sampling and quantification of dead wood can lead to differences in our understanding of forests and their role in the sequestration and emissions of CO2, as well as in(More)
The point-centered-quarter (PCQ) method has been applied in community analysis since the publication of the method nearly 50 years ago. This and other distance methods offer increased sampling efficiency over fixed-area plots (FAP), but have long been known to produce biased density estimates when plant distribution deviates from random spatial patterns.(More)
Widespread and prolonged defoliation by the European winter moth, Operophtera brumata L., has occurred in forests of eastern Massachusetts for more than a decade and populations of winter moth continue to invade new areas of New England. This study characterized the forests of eastern Massachusetts invaded by winter moth and related the duration of winter(More)
© The Ecological Society of America www.frontiersinecology.org R research has focused on the importance of fire in shaping the anthropogenic landscapes of Amazonia (Cochrane 2003). For millennia, fire has been used extensively by indigenous people to clear land for agriculture and for game management. The frequency and area of burning by indigenous people(More)
Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Great Lakes Forestry Centre, 1219 Queen Street East, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 2E5, Canada, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center 3041 Cornwallis Road, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, USA, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment,(More)
Invasive alien species cause significant impacts in agriculture, forestry and the environment, with worldwide economic losses estimated at US $ 1.4 trillion annually, or roughly 5% of the current global economy (Pimentel et al., 2001) and likely to increase in the near future (Perrings et al., 2005; Westphal et al., 2008). In recent decades, quantitative(More)
Long-distance introductions of new invasive species have often been driven by socioeconomic factors, such that traditional “biological” invasion models may not be capable of estimating spread fully and reliably. In this study we present a new methodology to characterize and predict pathways of human-assisted entries of alien forest insects. We have(More)