CAES: Joseph P. Barsky

Joseph P. Barsky

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Department of Forestry and Horticulture
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
123 Huntington Street
P.O. Box 1106
New Haven, CT 06504-1106
Voice: (203) 974-8540 Fax: (203) 974-8502

In addition to providing technical support to research programs within the Department of Forestry and Horticulture, Mr. Barsky provides technical expertise to several departments, including: Entomology, Environmental Sciences, and Plant Pathology and Ecology.  His experience includes the following areas: 

  • vegetation identification and assessment
  • forest management
  • instrumentation
  • small mammal trapping
  • insect capture
  • mechanical and organic methods of invasive plant control 

Within the Department of Forestry and Horticulture, he is responsible for training and supervision of seasonal employees; the establishment and maintenance of research plots; the establishment, management, and screening of datasets; serves as a student mentor; administers forestry exams to FFA students; provides outreach to: elementary, middle, and high school students, general public and technical audiences.


Licenses and certificates:

State of Connecticut Certified Forester #F-180

State of Connecticut Wildland Firefighter

Certified Pesticide Applicator #G-25668

Safe Boating Certificate #P134420AO

Game of Logging (Levels I-IV)



B.S. University of Maine, Orono (1995)


Station career:
Agricultural Research Assistant II 1997-1999

Agricultural Research Assistant III 1999-2001

Agricultural Research Technician I 2001-2014
Agricultural Research Technician II 2014-present


Pre-Station Career:

Forester, Forest Inventory and Analysis Unit, USDA-FS, Newtown Square, PA 1997

Lead Forestry Technician, White River National Forest, USDA-FS, Rifle, CO 1996


Professional societies:
The Society of American Foresters 1996-Present

New England Society of American Foresters Executive Committee, 2007-2009

Yankee Division Chair, 2005

Connecticut Chapter Chair, 2004

Connecticut Chapter Secretary/Treasurer, 2001-2003


Selected Publications:

Mervosh, T.L., J.S. Ward and J.P. Barsky. 2010. Several treatment options for control of Japanese stiltgrass in a woodland. Proceedings, Northeastern Weed Science Society, Vol. 64, p. 37.

Barsky, J.P. and J. S. Ward. 2009. Reconstruction of Long Term Forest Data: “The Old Series”. Poster session presented at The 89th Annual Meeting, New England Society of American Foresters; Mar 17-20, Portland, ME.1


Barsky J.P. 2004. Structural changes in the New England landscape during the last 100 years. Paper presented at: 84th Annual Meeting: Forestry Across Borders.  Proceedings of the New England Society of American Foresters; 2004 March 24-26. Québec City, Québec, Canada.  GTR-NE-314, pp 9-11.2


Ward J.S. and J.P. Barsky. 2000. Connecticut’s Changing Forest. Connecticut Woodlands: 65(3): 9-13


1 Recognized as Outstanding Poster

2 Recognized as 3rd Outstanding Poster


Selected Recent Presentations:
“Live capture of small rodents…and occasionally other critters”, to upper-class students at Lyman Hall Memorial High School, Wallingford (March 04, 2011)

“Forest measurements” to upper-class students from Co-Op High School, New Haven (October 26, 2010)

“Trees, forests, and you!” to 2nd grade students from Mile Creek Elementary School, Lyme (October 18, 2010)

“Inventory procedures for forest understory species” to Candlewood Lake Education and Research (Project Clear) students, New Milford (June 24, 2010)

“How trees grow”, to 4th grade students as part of the Southington School System Nature Day, Southington (June 3, 2010)

“Safe usage of flame weeding equipment” during a technical workshop on “Flame weeding to control invasive plants” Griswold (May 26, 2010)

“Overview of forestry and wildlife research” to students from Common Ground High School, New Haven (May 10, 2010)

“Career opportunities in natural resources and environmental sciences”, sponsored by the New Haven Public Schools, New Haven (March 25, 2010)

“Why are trees important?” to kindergarten students from Bear Path Elementary School, Hamden (October 23, 2009)

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