Yvette Dickinson

Yvette Dickinson


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  • Assistant Professor, SFRES
  • Ph.D., Forest Resources, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.Sc.(Hons), Environmental Science, University of Canterbury
  • B.For.Sc.(Hons), University of Canterbury


My passion is the sustainable management of our forest resources. My work navigates the intersection of ecology and forest management through researching and teaching silviculture.  I am interested in applying forest ecology knowledge to the management of our forests for a wide variety of values, including (but not limited to): aesthetics, wildlife habitat, mitigating fire hazard, conservation, and timber production.

When not working to ensure the health of our forests, I am out there enjoying them as a hiker, kayaker, and fly fisherman.

Links of Interest


  • Applied forest ecology and silviculture
  • Stand- and landscape-scale forest structure
  • Forest restoration 

Recent Publications

  • Dickinson, Y.L., Battaglia, M.A. and Asherin, L.A. (2017) Evaluation of the FVS-CR Diameter Growth Model and Potential Modifications in Structurally-Complex Ponderosa Pine Forests. In: Keyser, C,E., Keyser, T.L. (eds.) Proceeding of the 2017 Forest vegetation simulator (FVS) e-Conference. e-Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-224. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest 
  • 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. (2017) Principles and Practices for the Restoration of Ponderosa Pine and Dry Mixed-Conifer Forests of the Colorado Front Range. RMRS General Technical Report 373, US Forest Service. 
  • Tinkham, W.T., Dickinson, Y., Hoffman, C.M., Battaglia, M.A., Ex, S., Smith, F. and Underhill, J.  (2017) Visualization guide to heterogeneous forest structures following treatment in the southern Rocky Mountains.  RMRS General Technical Report 365, US Forest Service.
  • Dickinson, Y.L. and Cadry, J.* (2017) Evaluation of tree designation methods for implementing spatially heterogeneous restoration: a mixed methods study.  Journal of Sustainable Forestry 36(1):47-64
  • Gauthier, R.* and Dickinson, Y. (2016) The effect of deer browse on a northern hardwood forest in Baraga County, MI. Partners News, April 2016.  Partners in Forestry Landowner Cooperative. Conover, WI.
  • Vakili, E.*, Hoffman, C. M., Keane, R. E., Tinkham, W. T., & Dickinson, Y. (2016). Spatial variability of surface fuels in treated and untreated ponderosa pine forests of the southern Rocky Mountains. International Journal of Wildland Fire 25(11): 1156-1168
  • Dickinson, Y.L., Giles, E.*, Pelz, K.* and Howie, J.* (2016) Have we been successful? Monitoring horizontal forest complexity for forest restoration projects.  Restoration Ecology 24(1): 8-17
  • Dickinson, Y. (2014) Landscape restoration of a forest with a historically mixed-severity fire regime: What was the historical landscape pattern of openings and canopy? Forest Ecology and Management 331:264-271
  • Underhill, J., Dickinson, Y.L., Rudney, A. and Thinnes, J. (2014) Silviculture of the Colorado Forest Restoration Initiative. Journal of Forestry 112(5):484-493Dickinson, Y.L. and Giles, E. (2014) Monitoring landscape-scale forest heterogeneity: A protocol. CFRI-TB-1404. Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, Ft Collins, CO. 24p.
  • Dickinson, Y.L. and the Front Range Roundtable Spatial Heterogeneity Subgroup. (2014) Stand- and Landscape-Scale Desirable Forest Structures for a Restored Front Range. Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, Colorado State University, Technical Brief CFRI-TB-1402, Fort Collins, CO. 18 p.
  • Dickinson, Y.L. Zenner, E.K., and Miller, D.A. (2014) Examining the effect of diverse management strategies on landscape scale patterns of forest structure in Pennsylvania using novel remote sensing techniques. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 44: 301-312
  • Pelz, K.A. and Dickinson, Y.L. (2014) Monitoring forest cover spatial patterns with aerial imagery: A tutorial. CFRI-TB-1401. Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, Ft Collins, CO
  • Zenner, E.K., Dickinson, Y.L. and Peck, J. E. (2013) Recovery of forest structure and composition to harvesting in different strata of mixed even-aged central Appalachian hardwoods. Annals of Forest Science 70(2): 151-159
  • Young, N., Reeder, C., Addington, R., Dickinson, Y., Evangelista, P. and Cheng, T. (2013) Colorado Front Range Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project: 2011-2012 Pre- and post-treatment stand structure analyses for the Pike and San Isabel and Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, Ft Collins, CO. 
  • Dickinson, Y. L. and Norton, D. A. (2011) Divergent fine-scale spatial patterns in New Zealand’s short tussock grasslands. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 35(1): 76-82
  • Dickinson, Y. L. and Zenner, E. K. (2010) Allometric equations for the aboveground biomass of selected common eastern hardwood understory species. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry 27(4): 160-165
  • Norton, D.A., Dickinson, Y. and Van Leuween, M. (2007) Ecology of a Ranunculus lyallii population at its eastern distributional limit in Canterbury. New Zealand Journal of Botany 45(1):81-85
  • Miller, R.M., Dickinson, Y. and A. Reid. (2005) Maori Connections to Forestry in Feary, S. (ed.) Forestry for Indigenous Peoples: Learning from Experiences. Fenner School of Environment & Society, ANU College of Science, p. 13-22 

Research Projects

  • Novel timber production systems to protect productivity and sustainability of Northern Hardwoods in the North-Central region (US Department of Agriculture, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Foundational Program, 2017 – 2022)

  • Effect of silvicultural practices on the physical and mechanical properties of Lake States Hardwoods (US Forest Service Forest Products Lab, 2017 – 2019)

  • Evaluation of Strip-Clearcutting on Northern Hardwoods to Regenerate Hard Maple (American Forest Management Inc., 2016-2017) 

  • Great Lakes Northern Forest CESU: Beech Reintroduction at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Park Service, 2016-2021)

  • Ensuring salvaged, beetle-killed trees are utilized for the highest and best use through the application of new technologies (2016 Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity, US Forest Service, 2016 – 2019)