Mark J. Ducey

Phone: (603) 862-4429
Office: Natural Resources & the Environment, James Hall Rm 114A, Durham, NH 03824

I am a forest biometrician and quantitative silviculturist. Research in my lab focuses on the use of quantitative techniques to describe the structure, function, and dynamics of forests from the stand to regional scales. Although much of the research my team and I perform is centered on the mixed-species forests of New England, my group is engaged in projects elsewhere in the U.S. (such as the Blue Mountains ecoregion in northeastern Oregon), with colleagues in Europe (Norway, Spain), Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, and Brazil.


  • Ph.D., Forestry, Yale University
  • M.F.S., Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management, Yale University
  • B.A., Classical Civilization, Yale University

Courses Taught

  • NR 599: Work Experience
  • NR 600: Work Experience
  • NR 749: Forest Inventory and Modeling
  • NR 910: Forest Stand Dynamics
  • NR 912: Sampling Techniques

Selected Publications

Gunn, J., Ducey, M., & Belair, E. (2019). Evaluating Degradation in a North American Temperate Forest. Forest Ecology and Management, 432, 415-426. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2018.09.046

Fraver, S., Ducey, M. J., Woodall, C. W., D'Amato, A. W., Milo, A. M., & Palik, B. J. (2018). Influence of transect length and downed woody debris abundance on precision of the line-intersect sampling method. FOREST ECOSYSTEMS, 5. doi:10.1186/s40663-018-0156-9

Ducey, M. J., Johnson, K. M., Belair, E. P., & Cook, B. D. (2018). The Influence of Human Demography on Land Cover Change in the Great Lakes States, USA. ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, 62(6), 1089-1107. doi:10.1007/s00267-018-1102-x

McIntire, C. D., Munck, I. A., Ducey, M. J., & Asbjornsen, H. (2018). Thinning treatments reduce severity of foliar pathogens in eastern white pine. Forest Ecology and Management, 423, 106-113. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2018.03.032

Huang, X., Ziniti, B., Torbick, N., & Ducey, M. J. (2018). Assessment of Forest above Ground Biomass Estimation Using Multi-Temporal C-band Sentinel-1 and Polarimetric L-band PALSAR-2 Data. REMOTE SENSING, 10(9). doi:10.3390/rs10091424

Russell, M. B., Fraver, S., Aakala, T., Gove, J. H., Woodall, C. W., D’Amato, A. W., & Ducey, M. J. (2015). Quantifying carbon stores and decomposition in dead wood: A review. Forest Ecology and Management, 350, 107-128. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2015.04.033

Bravo-Oviedo, A., Pretzsch, H., Ammer, C., Andenmatten, E., Barbati, A., Barreiro, S., . . . Zlatanov, T. (2014). European Mixed Forests: definition and research perspectives. Forest Systems, 23(3), 518. doi:10.5424/fs/2014233-06256

Zarin, D. J., Davidson, E. A., Brondizio, E., Vieira, I. C. G., Sá, T., Feldpausch, T., . . . Denich, M. (2005). Legacy of fire slows carbon accumulation in Amazonian forest regrowth. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 3(7), 365-369. doi:10.1890/1540-9295(2005)003[0365:LOFSCA]2.0.CO;2

Zarin, D. J., Ducey, M. J., Tucker, J. M., & Salas, W. A. (2001). Potential Biomass Accumulation in Amazonian Regrowth Forests. Ecosystems, 4(7), 658-668. doi:10.1007/s10021-001-0035-y

Ducey, M. J., & Larson, B. C. (1999). A fuzzy set approach to the problem of sustainability. Forest Ecology and Management, 115(1), 29-40. doi:10.1016/S0378-1127(98)00433-2

Most Cited Publications