William H. Livingston

William H. Livingston

Associate Professor of Forest Resources
School of Forest Resources
201b Nutting Hall

Degree: Ph.D. Univ. of Minnesota, 1985

Research Topic:  Assessing relationships between climate and tree pests, relating stand history and development to pest problems and tree health

Overview of Research:  The health of our forests has been my focus in research, teaching, and outreach.  For over 20 years in Maine, I’ve continually investigated the unexplained health problems on trees and discovered how the changing climate and changing land use are adversely impacting forests, whether it be white pine regenerating on old fields or warmer winters favoring invasive insects. The studies have emphasized how the forest is a dynamic system, and I bring this perspective to the class room to provide a better approach on what students need to learn about the forest.

Representative Publications:
Kasson, Matthew T., and W. H. Livingston.  2012. Relationships among beech bark disease, climate, radial growth response and mortality of American beech in northern Maine, USA.  Forest Pathology 42:199-212.

Ranco, D., A. Arnett, E. Latty, A. Remsburg, K. Dunckel, E. Quigley, R. Lilieholm, J. Daigle, B. Livingston, J. Neptune, T. Secord. 2012. Two Maine Forest Pests: A Comparison of Approaches to Understanding Threats to Hemlock and Ash Trees in Maine. Maine Policy Review 21(1):76-89.

Kasson, Matthew T., and William H. Livingston. 2009. Spatial distribution of Neonectria species associated with beech bark disease in northern Maine. Mycologia 101:190-195. http://www.mycologia.org/cgi/content/abstract/101/2/190

Rowland, E.L., A.S. White, and W.H. Livingston.  2005.  A literature review of the effects of intensive forestry on forest structure and plant community composition at the stand and landscape levels.  Maine Agric. For. Exp. Stn. Misc. Public 754.  28 p.

Day, M.E., J.L. Schedlbauer, W.H. Livingston,  M.S. Greenwood, A.S. White, and J.C. Brissette.  2005. Influence of seedbed, light environment, and elevated night temperature on growth and carbon allocation in pitch pine (Pinus rigida) and jack pine (Pinus banksiana) seedlings.  Forest Ecology and Management 205:59–71.

Sokol, K.A., M.S. Greenwood, and W.H. Livingston.  2004.  Impacts of long-term diameter-limit harvesting on residual stands of red spruce in Maine.  North. J. Appl. For. 21:69-73.

Greenwood, M. S., W. H. Livingston, M. E. Day, S. C. Kenaley, A. S. White, and J. C. Brissette. 2002. Contrasting modes of survival by jack and pitch pine at a common range limit. Can. J. For. Res 32:1662-1674.

Manter, D.K., and W.H. Livingston. 2001. Interaction of microorganisms, insects, and freezing injury on conifers. p. 289-304 in F.J. Bigras and S.J. Colombo, eds. Conifer Cold Hardiness. Kluwer Academic Publishers, The Netherlands. 596 p.