Jeffrey S. Ward
Department of Forestry and Horticulture
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
123 Huntington Street
P.O. Box 1106
New Haven, CT 06504-1106
Voice: (203) 974-8495 Fax: (203) 974-8502
Dr. Ward has expertise in identification and life histories of native trees and shrubs, forest management, invasive shrub control, plantation establishment, and forest nursery operation. He is knowledgeable about the natural history of Connecticut, landscape maintenance, and methods of reducing deer browse damage.
Ph.D. Purdue University (Forest Ecology) 1987
M.S. The Ohio State University (Silviculture) 1983
Peace Corps Training (Forestry Extension) 1979
B.Sc. The Ohio State University (Natural Resources) 1979
Chief Scientist 2005-present
Agricultural Scientist 2003-2004
Associate Scientist 1998-2002
Assistant Scientist 1987-1997
Research conducted during M.S. program focused how regeneration was influenced by alternative management techniques. During his Ph.D. program, Dr. Ward examined the community structure of an old-growth upland oak forest. Earlier research at the station included evaluation of browse protection and weed control in forest plantations, an examination of fuelwood thinning on regeneration and volume growth of residual trees, and the influence of urban development on inland wetland communities.
Current research projects include developing control alternatives for invasive shrubs, the impact of invasive species on forest structure, long-term dynamics of forest development with and without active management, alternative methods of forest management, utility of prescribed burning to increase oak regeneration, and effect of crop tree management on individual tree and stand volume growth.
Selected publications available from the author, Jeffrey.Ward@ct.gov
Ward, J.S., T.E. Worthley, and S.C. Williams. 2009. Controlling Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii DC) in southern New England. Forest Ecology and Management 257: 561-566.
Ward, J.S. 2009. Intensity of precommercial crop tree release increases diameter growth and survival of upland oaks. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 39: 118-130.
Williams, S.C., J.S. Ward, T.E. Worthley, and K.C. Stafford. 2009 Managing Japanese barberry (Ranunculales: Berberidaceae) infestations reduces blacklegged tick (Acari: Ixodidae) abundance and infection prevalence with Borrelia burgdorferi (Spirochaetales: Spirochaetaceae). Environmental Entomology 38(4): 977-984.
Ward, J.S., and T. Mervosh. 2008. Reducing browse damage on eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) in southern New England, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 255(5-6): 1559-1567.
Williams, S.C., J.S. Ward, and U. Ramakrishnan. 2008. Endozoochory by white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) across a suburban/woodland interface. Forest Ecology and Management 255: 940–947.
Ward, J.S. 2007. Crop-tree release increase growth of black birch in southern New England. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry. 24(2): 117-122.
Ward, J.S., T.E. Worthley, J.P. Smallidge, K. Bennett. 2006. Northeastern Forest Regeneration Handbook. USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry. NA-TP-03-06. 59p.
Williams, S.C., J.S. Ward, and U. Ramakrishnan. 2006. Deer damage management options. The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin 1005 15p.
Ward, J.S, G.R. Stephens, and F.J. Ferrandino. 2005. Influence of cutting methods on residual stand growth in sawtimber oak stands. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry 22(1): 59-67.
Ward, J.S., M.E. Montgomery, C.A. Cheah, B.P. Onken, and R.S. Cowles. 2004. Eastern Hemlock Forests: Guidelines to Minimize the Impacts of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area State & Private Forestry NA-TP-03-04. 28p.
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