Mark Ducey

Senior Faculty Fellow
Phone: (603) 862-4429
Office: Natural Resources & the Environment, James Hall Rm 114A, Durham, NH 03824
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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 749/849: Forest Inventory and Modeling
  • NR 795W: Investigations
  • NR 910: Forest Stand Dynamics
  • NR 912: Sampling Techniques

Selected Publications

Gunn, J. S., Ducey, M. J., & 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

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

Bravo-Oviedo, A., Condés, S., del Río, M., Pretzsch, H., & Ducey, M. J. (2018). Maximum stand density strongly depends on species-specific wood stability, shade and drought tolerance. Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research, 91(4), 459-469. doi:10.1093/forestry/cpy006

Ducey, M. J., & Fraver, S. (2018). The conic-paraboloid formulae for coarse woody material volume and taper and their approximation. CANADIAN JOURNAL OF FOREST RESEARCH, 48(8), 966-975. doi:10.1139/cjfr-2018-0064

Ducey, M. J., & Fraver, S. (2018). The conic-paraboloid formulae for coarse woody material volume and taper and their approximation. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 48(8), 966-975. doi:10.1139/cjfr-2018-0064

Ducey, M. J., & Astrup, R. (2018). Rapid, nondestructive estimation of forest understory biomass using a handheld laser rangefinder. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 48(7), 803-808. doi:10.1139/cjfr-2017-0441

Ducey, M. J. (2018). Design-unbiased point-to-object sampling on lines, with applications to areal sampling. European Journal of Forest Research, 137(3), 367-383. doi:10.1007/s10342-018-1109-0

Belair, E. P., & Ducey, M. J. (2018). Patterns in Forest Harvesting in New England and New York: Using FIA Data to Evaluate Silvicultural Outcomes. Journal of Forestry, 116(3), 273-282. doi:10.1093/jofore/fvx019

Hoover, C. M., Ducey, M. J., Colter, R. A., & Yamasaki, M. (2018). Evaluation of alternative approaches for landscape-scale biomass estimation in a mixed-species northern forest. Forest Ecology and Management, 409, 552-563. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2017.11.040

Kershaw, J. A., Ducey, M. J., Beers, T. W., & Husch, B. (2016). Forest Mensuration. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. doi:10.1002/9781118902028

Boag, A. E., Hartter, J., Hamilton, L. C., Christoffersen, N. D., Stevens, F. R., Palace, M. W., & Ducey, M. J. (n.d.). Climate change beliefs and forest management in eastern Oregon: implications for individual adaptive capacity. Ecology and Society, 23(4). doi:10.5751/es-10355-230401