Publications and Presentations

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Peer Reviewed Publications

Note: * indicates student co-author

  • 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 ponderosaDouglas ex C. Lawson) forests. Journal of Forest Ecology448: 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 Researchhttps://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) Rubuspersistence within silvicultural openings and its impact on regeneration: The influence of opening size and advance regeneration. Forest Ecology and Management427: 162–168
  • 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
  • Tinkham, W.T., Dickinson, Y., Hoffman, C.M., Battaglia, M.A., Ex, S., Smith, F. and Underhill, J.  (2017) Visualization of forest structures following treatment in the southern Rocky Mountains.  Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-365. Fort Collins, CO.U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 72p.
  • Dickinson, Y.L.,Giles, E.*, Pelz, K.* and Howie, J.* (2016) Have we been successful? Monitoring horizontal forest complexity for forest restoration projects.  Restoration Ecology24(1): 8–17
  • Vakili, E.*, Hoffman, C. M., Keane, R. E., Tinkham, W. T., and Dickinson, Y.(2016). Spatial variability of surface fuels in treated and untreated ponderosa pine forests of the southern Rocky Mountains. International Journal of Wildland Fire25(11): 1156–1168
  • 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
  • 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
  • Underhill, J., Dickinson, Y.L., Rudney, A. and Thinnes, J. (2014) Silviculture of the Colorado Forest Restoration Initiative. Journal of Forestry 112(5): 484–493
  • 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 Science70(2): 151–159
  • Dickinson, Y.L.and Norton, D. A. (2011) Divergent fine-scale spatial patterns in New Zealand’s short tussock grasslands. New Zealand Journal of Ecology35(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 Forestry27(4): 160–165
  • Norton, D. A., Dickinson, Y.and Van Leuween, M. (2007) Ecology of a Ranunculus lyalliipopulation at its eastern distributional limit in Canterbury. New Zealand Journal of Botany45(1): 81–85

Other Publications

Note: * indicates student co-author


  • 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 Service, Southern Research Station
  • Gauthier, R.* andDickinson, 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.
  • Dickinson, 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) Desirable Forest Structures for a Restored Front Range.Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, Colorado State University, Technical Brief CFRI-TB-1402, Fort Collins, CO. 23p.
  • Pelz, K.A.*, Dickinson, Y.L. (2014) Monitoring forest cover spatial patterns with aerial imagery: A tutorial.CFRI-TB-1401. Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, Ft Collins, CO. 47p.
  • Miller, R.M., Dickinson, Y.and Reid, A. (2007) Maori connections to forestry. In: Feary, S. (Ed.) Forestry for indigenous peoples: learning from experiences with forest industries – Papers from Technical Session 130, XXII IUFRO World Congress 2005. Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.

Reports and Theses

Note: * indicates student co-author


  • Hupperts, S.*, Dickinson, Y.,and Webster, C.R. (2017) Evaluation of Strip-Clearcutting on Northern Hardwoods to Regenerate Hard Maple: The Understory Response. Unpublished report prepared for American Forest Management, Inc.
  • Hupperts, S.*, Dickinson, Y.,and Webster, C.R. (2016) Evaluation of Strip-Clearcutting on Northern Hardwoods to Regenerate Hard Maple. Unpublished report prepared for American Forest Management, Inc.
  • Gauthier, R.*,and Dickinson, Y.  (2015) JOMAR Canopy Gap Regeneration Study. Unpublished report compiled for Mr. John MacInnis
  • Wysocki, A.*, Corace, III, R.G., Dickinson, Y.L.,and Weiss, S.A. (2015) Restoration of Fire-Dependent, Mixed-Pine Forests in Upper Michigan: The Effect on Bird Communities, Forest Structure, and Understory Vegetation. Unpublished report prepared forthe Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation  
  • Dickinson, Y.L., Giles, E.*, Pelz, K.* and Howie, J.* (2015) Stand- and landscape-scale forest heterogeneity on Colorado’s Front Range: monitoring report of the spatial heterogeneity subgroup for the 2010–2013 restoration treatments.Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, Colorado State University, Monitoring Report CFRI-MR-1501. Fort Collins, CO. 177p. 
  • 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.(2011). The influence of silvicultural management on forest structure. Ph.D. Dissertation. The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA. 
  • Dickinson, Y.(2008). The spatial patterning of Hieracium pilosella invaded short tussock grasslands. M.Sc. Thesis. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Dickinson, Y.(2003). The ecological management planning of native plants on plantation forest estates.B.Sc. Honors Dissertation.  University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Presentations and Posters

Note: First author is presenter unless otherwise noted.  * indicates student presenter or co-presenter

  • Dickinson, Y.L.(2020) TBD.Michigan Society of American Foresters Statewide Meeting, April 16–17, Grayling, MI. (Invited)
  • Dickinson, Y.L., Hupperts, S.F.*, Webster, C.R. (2019) Hardwood regeneration challenges - High deer population.Michigan Society of American Foresters Statewide Meeting, Oct. 10–11, Escanaba, MI. (Invited)
  • Dickinson, Y.L., Edson, C.B., Froese, R.E., Kelly, M.C., Schmierer, J.M., Webster, C.R. and Wolfe, J.D. (2019) NH-SEED: a holistic experiment to revisit classical and test novel silvicultural systems in a changing world. Society of American Foresters, Oct. 30–Nov. 3 Nov, Louisville, KY. (Poster)
  • Dickinson, Y.L.,Edson, C.B., Froese, R.E., Kelly, M.C., Schmierer, J.M., Webster, C.R. and Wolfe, J.D. (2019) Introducing the NH-SEED: a holistic experiment to revisit classical and test novel silvicultural systems in a changing world. North American Forest Ecology Workshop, 23–27 June, Flagstaff, AZ. (Poster)
  • Hupperts, S.F.*, Dickinson, Y.L, Webster, C.R., and Froese, R.E. (2019) Resilience of functional diversity in a northern hardwood community: Does severity of canopy or forest floor disturbances matter more? Ecological Society of America, and United States Society for Ecological Economics Joint Meeting, Aug. 11–16, Louisville, KY.
  • Myers, A.L.*, Bal, T.L., Dickinson, Y.L., Leutscher, B., and Storer, A.J. (2019) Investigating the driving forces in severity of beech bark disease to guide restoration efforts in Northern Michigan.Ecological Society of America, and United States Society for Ecological Economics Joint Meeting, Aug. 11–16, Louisville, KY.
  • Clark, R.*, Dickinson, Y. L., Clark, E., Martin, E., Mayer, A. L., Chimner, R. A., Baird, M. F. (2019) Gathering Giizhik on a changing landscape. Taking Care of Our Land Symposium – Gdo Akiiminaan Ganawendanaan, Algoma University, May 6–9, Sault Ste. Marie, ON. 
  • Dickinson, Y. (2018) Revisiting old ideas and testing new ones: The Northern Hardwood Silviculture Experiment to Enhance Diversity (NHSEED).Wisconsin Society of American Foresters Statewide Meeting, 12 Sept. Rothschild, WI. (Invited) 
  • Dickinson, Y.(2018) Silviculture for a changing world.St Croix Forestry Conference, Managing the North Woods for the Future, Feb. 28, Sandstone, MN. (Invited)
  • Hovde, T.*, Dickinson, Y.,Forsman, J., Wang, X., Ross, R., Xie, X., Rudnicki, M.(2018) Nondestructive evaluation of wood quality in dead-standing white spruce (Picea glauca). Society of American Foresters, 3–6 Oct, Portland, OR. (Poster)
  • Hupperts, S.F.*, Dickinson, Y.L., Webster, C.R., Froese, R.E. (2018) Silvicultural systems to maintain and restore diversity in Great Lakes northern hardwoods. Society of American Foresters, 3–6 Oct, Portland, OR. (Poster)
  • Hupperts, S.F.*, Dickinson, Y.L.,Webster, C.R., Froese, R.E. (2018) Environmental conditions mediate a rapid shift in plant communities following timber harvest.Ecological Society of America, 5–10 Aug, New Orleans, LA. (Poster)
  • Myers, A.L.*, Dickinson, Y.L.,Storer, A.J., and Leutcher, B. (2018) Regeneration response to beech bark disease in an affected forest in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising, MI.Society of American Foresters, 3–6 Oct, Portland, OR. (Poster)
  • Dickinson, Y.,Battaglia, M., and Asherin, L. (2017) Evaluation of the FVScr diameter growth model and potential modifications in structurally-complex ponderosa pine forests. eFVS Forest Vegetation Simulator e-Conference, Feb. 28–Mar. 2, Online.
  • Kelly, M.C., Dickinson, Y., Schmierer, J. and Hupperts, S.* (2017) Creating artificial windthrow using a single grip harvester, 2017 National Society of American ForestersConvention, Nov. 15–19, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Myers, A.L.*, Dickinson, Y.L., Storer, A.J., and Leutscher, B. (2017) Condition of American beech and associated geographic factors, 2017 National Society of American ForestersConvention, Nov. 15–19, Albuquerque, NM.(Poster) 
  • Rudnicki, M., Dickinson, Y., Wang, X., Ross, R. (2017) Non-destructive wood quality assessment methods and potential application to forest inventory assessments, models and forest management. 20thInternational Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation of Wood Syposium. Sept. 12–15, Madison, WI.
  • Webster, C.R., Kern, C., and Dickinson, Y.(2017) Silviculture through the lens of forest complexity.11thNorth American Forest Ecology Workshop, June 19–22, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Invited)
  • Dickinson, Y.L.(2016) Maintaining and promoting compositional and structural diversity for forest resilience. Michigan Society of American Foresters Statewide Meeting, Oct 6–7, Marquette, MI. 
  • Hupperts, S.*, Dickinson, Y., Webster, C.R. and Froese, R. (2016) Investigating silvicultural systems for promotingtree diversity in managed Lake States northern hardwoods.2016 National Society of American ForestersConvention, Nov. 2–6, Madison, WI. (Poster)
  • Petras, M.*, Dickinson, Y. and Webster, C.R. (2016) Gap-partitioning of understory plant communities in Northern Michigan hardwood forests managed using group selection.2016 National Society of American ForestersConvention, Nov. 2–6, Madison, WI. (Poster)
  • Dickinson, Y.L.(2015) “Groupy-clumpy” restoration of a frequent-fire conifer ecosystem on Colorado’s Front Range.Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, Nov.9th, Newton, GA. (Invited)
  • Dickinson, Y.L.(2015) Using remote sensing for forest management and restoration: a case study. Michigan Society of American Foresters Statewide Meeting, Apr. 9, Marquette, MI. 
  • Dickinson, Y.L.(2015) Groupy-clumpy restoration of a frequent-fire conifer ecosystem on Colorado’s Front Range.Department of Forestry, Mar. 31, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI. (Invited)
  • Dickinson, Y.L.(2015) Groupy-clumpy restoration of a frequent-fire conifer ecosystem on Colorado’s Front Range.Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management Seminar, Feb. 13, Iowa State University, Ames, IA. (Invited)
  • Dickinson, Y., Tinkham, W.T., Hoffman, C.M., Battaglia, M.B., Ex, S., and Underhill, J. (2015) Visualization guide to heterogeneous forest structures following treatment in the Southern Rocky Mountains. 2015 National Society of American ForestersConvention, Nov. 3–7, Baton Rouge, LA.
  • Cadry, J.*, Dickinson, Y.L,Mackes, K., Smith, F.W. (2014) Achieving “Groupy-Clumpy”: The effectiveness of marking methods on spatially heterogeneous thinning.2014 National SAF Convention and CIF/IFC AGM & Conference, Oct. 8–11, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Dickinson, Y.L. and the Landscape Restoration Team of the Front Range Roundtable. (2014) The first four years of a collaborative forest landscape restoration project on Colorado’s Front Range: successes and lessons learned.  XXIV IUFRO World Congress 2014, Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role of Research, Oct 5–11, Salt Lake City, UT. 
  • Dickinson, Y.L., and the Landscape Restoration Team of the Front Range Roundtable.  (2014) Achieving “groupy-clumpy” in restoration projects: Innovative silviculture and monitoring in the Front Range Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project.XXIV IUFRO World Congress 2014, Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role of Research, Oct. 5–11, Salt Lake City, UT. 
  • Dickinson, Y.L.,Underhill, J, Battaglia, M and Thinnes, J. (2014) Difficulties with the current silviculture nomenclature: A dry-forest management perspective.2014 National SAF Convention and CIF/IFC AGM & Conference, Oct. 8–11, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Dickinson, Y.L.and Hoffman, C. (2014) Evaluating restoration of ponderosa pine in Colorado.Invited speaker at the Colorado State Forest Service annual meeting, May 7, Ft Collins, CO.
  • Gannon, B., Brown, P.M., Battaglia, M.A.,Fornwalt, P.J., Huckaby, L.S., Dickinson, Y.,Cheng, A.S., Julian, C. (2014) Structure, process, and resilience in Colorado Front Range montane forests.International Association of Wildland Fire and Association for Fire Ecology,Large Wildland Fires: Social, Political and Ecological Effects, May 19–23, Missoula, MT.
  • Hoffman, C.M., Battaglia, M., Ziegler, J., Mell, W., Vakili, E.*, and Dickinson, Y.(2014) Evaluating fuel variability and fire behavior following restoration in ponderosa pine ecosystems. 3rdannual NIST/USFS WUI Seminar, Jan. 6, Gaithersburg, MD. (Invited)
  • Hoffman, C.M., Battaglia, M., Ziegler, J.*, Vakili, E.*, Dickinson, Y.and Mell, W. (2014) Evaluation of forest management objectives: creating spatially heterogeneous structures and reducing fire behavior.Northern Front Range Forest Health Working Group, July 8, Boulder, CO. (Invited)
  • Vakili, E.*, Hoffman, C., Keane, R., Dickinson, Y.and Rocca, M. (2014) Fuel treatment effects on surface fuels in dry ponderosa pine forests of the Southern Rockies.2014 National SAF Convention and CIF/IFC AGM & Conference, Oct. 8–11, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Vakili, E*., Hoffman, C.M., Keane, R.E., Dickinson, Y.L., and Rocca, M.E. (2014) Evaluating fuel treatment effects on surface fuels in dry ponderosa pine forests. International Association of Wildland Fire and Association for Fire Ecology, Large Wildland Fires: Social, Political and Ecological Effects, May 19–23, Missoula, MT. (Poster)
  • Dickinson, Y.L. (2013) Seeing the forest for the trees. Boulder County GIS day, Nov. 20, Longmont, CO. (Invited)
  • Dickinson, Y.L., Brown, P.M., Fornwalt, P., Huckaby, L.S., Battaglia, M.A. and Cheng, A.S. (2013) Front Range Reconstruction Network: Reconstructing forest structure and fire history in Front Range montane forests to inform forest restoration activities. Piecing together the fragments: Sustaining forest ecosystems in the 21st Century. North American Forest Ecology Workshop, June 16–20, Bloomington, IN. (Poster)
  • Pelz, K.*, and Dickinson, Y. (2013) Working with the Front Range Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project to develop tools to monitor forest spatial patterns.Center for Collaborative Conervation Seminar and Discussion Series, Colorado State University, May 7, Ft Collins, CO.
  • Underhill, J., Rudney, A., Dickinson, Y.and Thinnes, J. (2013) Silviculture of the Front Range Landscape Restoration Initiative.Silviculture Matters. Society of American Foresters National Convention, Oct. 23–27, Charleston, SC.
  • Dickinson, Y.L.(2012) Mapping forest structure across landscapes using LiDAR.  Colorado State University’s Forest and Rangeland Stewardship department seminar. Mar. 20, Ft Collins, CO. 
  • Dickinson, Y. L., Zenner, E. K. and Miller, D. (2012) Mapping of Pennsylvania’s forest structure using LiDAR and aerial imagery.Resilient Forests: Society of American Foresters Convention, Oct. 24–28, Spokane, WA. (Poster)
  • Dickinson, Y. L.and Zenner, E. K. (2010) Disturbance characteristics and community resilience in mixed hardwood oak forests.  Ecological Society of America 95th Annual Meeting, Aug. 1–6, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Dickinson, Y. L.and Zenner, E. K. (2010) The effect of silvicultural cutting on composition and structure of mixed hardwood oak forests. Society of American Foresters National Convention, Oct. 27–31, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Dickinson, Y.and Norton, D. A. (2008) Structural fragmentation of short tussock grasslands by Hieracium pilosella.Forestry & Agriculture – Collaborating for Sustainability, New Zealand Institute of Forestry Conference, May 15–18, Palmerston North, New Zealand (Poster)
  • Dickinson, Y.and Norton, D. A. (2007) Spatial patterning of Hieracium invaded short tussock grassland communities.Miss E L Hellaby Indigenous Grasslands Research Trust Twelfth Triennial Seminar, Dec. 2–4, Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand (Invited)
  • Dickinson, Y.and Norton, D. A. (2007) Roots of short tussock grasslands: functional classification, Feathers to Fur: the ecological transformation of Aotearoa, New Zealand Ecological Society Conference, Nov. 18–22, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Miller, R.M., Dickinson, Y.and Reid, A. (2005) Maori connections to forestry. Forestry for indigenous peoples: learning from experiences with forest industries, Technical Session 130, XXII IUFRO World Congress 2005. Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.

Last revised: 24 September 2019