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Dr. Gary M. Lovett

Forest Ecologist | PhD, Dartmouth College

forest ecology, invasive forest pests, air pollution, climate change, nutrient cycling

Gary M. Lovett: Scientist, Mentor, Advocate, & Friend
July 6, 1953-December 17, 2022

Northeastern forests are threatened by air pollution, climate change, and invasive forest pests. Gary Lovett studied the impacts of these stressors on forest productivity and water quality.

Lovett used computer simulation models and field research in the Hudson Valley, Catskills, and White Mountains of New Hampshire to predict the ability of a forest to maintain crucial ecosystem services in the face of environmental change.

Lovett advised government agencies and advocacy groups that are working to amend federal regulations to stop invasive forest pests. Through Congressional briefings and interactions with state and federal agency staff, Lovett promoted Tree-SMART Trade – a series of federal policy actions that would reduce the introduction of new forest pests – in partnership with the Science Policy Exchange.

Campbell, John L., Lindsey E. Rustad, Scott W. Bailey, Emily S. Bernhardt, Charles T. Driscoll, Mark B. Green, Peter M. Groffman, et al. 2021. “Watershed Studies At The Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest: Building On A Long Legacy Of Research With New Approaches And Sources Of Data”. Hydrological Processes 35 (1). Wiley. doi:10.1002/hyp.14016.
Quirion, BR, GM Domke, BF Walters, Gary M. Lovett, JE Fargione, L Greenwood, K Serbesoff-King, JM Randall, and SL Fei. (OCT 1) 2021. “Insect And Disease Disturbances Correlate With Reduced Carbon Sequestration In Forests Of The Contiguous United States”. Frontiers In Forests And Global Change 4. doi:10.3389/ffgc.2021.716582.
Darby, Bridget A., Christine L. Goodale, Nathan A. Chin, Colin B. Fuss, Ashley K. Lang, Scott V. Ollinger, and Gary M. Lovett. 2020. “Depth Patterns And Connections Between Gross Nitrogen Cycling And Soil Exoenzyme Activities In Three Northern Hardwood Forests”. Soil Biology And Biochemistry 147. Elsevier BV: 107836. doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2020.107836.
Stevens, C. J., J. N. B. Bell, P. Brimblecombe, C. M. Clark, N. B. Dise, D. Fowler, Gary M. Lovett, and P. A. Wolseley. (Oct) 2020. “The Impact Of Air Pollution On Terrestrial Managed And Natural Vegetation”. Philosophical Transactions Of The Royal Society A-Mathematical Physical And Engineering Sciences 378 (2183).
Kelly, Victoria R., Stuart E. G. Findlay, Stephen K. Hamilton, Gary M. Lovett, and Kathleen C. Weathers. 2019. “Seasonal And Long-Term Dynamics In Stream Water Sodium Chloride Concentrations And The Effectiveness Of Road Salt Best Management Practices”. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution 230 (1). doi:10.1007/s11270-018-4060-2.
Sebestyen, Stephen D., Donald S. Ross, James B. Shanley, Emily M. Elliott, Carol Kendall, John L. Campbell, Bryan Dail, et al. 2019. “Unprocessed Atmospheric Nitrate In Waters Of The Northern Forest Region In The U.s. And Canada”. Environmental Science & Technology 53 (7): 3620 - 3633. doi:10.1021/acs.est.9b01276.
Gilliam, Frank S., D.A. Burns, Charles T. Driscoll, Serita Frey, Gary M. Lovett, and Shaun A. Watmough. 2019. “Decreased Atmospheric Nitrogen Deposition In Eastern North America: Predicted Responses Of Forest Ecosystems”. Environmental Pollution 244: 560 - 574. doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2018.09.135.
Sullivan, T. J., Charles T. Driscoll, C. M. Beier, D. Burtraw, I.J. Fernandez, J.N. Galloway, David A. Gay, et al. 2018. “Air Pollution Success Stories In The United States: The Value Of Long-Term Observations”. Environmental Science & Policy 84: 69 - 73. doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2018.02.016.
Groffman, Peter M., Charles T. Driscoll, Jorge Durán, John L. Campbell, Lynn M. Christenson, Timothy J. Fahey, Melany C. Fisk, et al. 2018. “Nitrogen Oligotrophication In Northern Hardwood Forests”. Biogeochemistry 141 (3): 523 - 539. doi:10.1007/s10533-018-0445-y.
Lovett, Gary M., Christine L. Goodale, S. V. Ollinger, Colin B. Fuss, Andrew P. Ouimette, and Gene E. Likens. 2018. “Nutrient Retention During Ecosystem Succession: A Revised Conceptual Model”. Frontiers In Ecology And The Environment 16 (9): 532 - 538. doi:10.1002/fee.1949.
Crowley, Katherine F., and Gary M. Lovett. 2017. “Effects Of Changing Tree Species Composition On Nitrate Leaching And Carbon Storage In Northeastern Forests”. Albany, NY.: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
Arthur, Mary A., Kathleen C. Weathers, Gary M. Lovett, M. P. Weand, and W.C. Eddy. 2017. “A Beech Bark Disease Induced Change In Tree Species Composition Influences Forest Floor Acid–Base Chemistry”. Canadian Journal Of Forest Research 47 (7): 875 - 882. doi:10.1139/cjfr-2016-0341.
Crowley, Katherine F., and Gary M. Lovett. 2017. “Effects Of Nitrogen Deposition On Nitrate Leaching From Forests Of The Northeastern United States Will Change With Tree Species Composition”. Canadian Journal Of Forest Research 47 (8): 997 - 1009. doi:10.1139/cjfr-2016-0529.
Lovett, Gary M., Mary A. Arthur, and Katherine F. Crowley. 2016. “Effects Of Calcium On The Rate And Extent Of Litter Decomposition In A Northern Hardwood Forest”. Ecosystems 19 (1): 87 - 97. doi:10.1007/s10021-015-9919-0.
Crowley, Katherine F., Gary M. Lovett, Mary A. Arthur, and Kathleen C. Weathers. 2016. “Long-Term Effects Of Pest-Induced Tree Species Change On Carbon And Nitrogen Cycling In Northeastern U.s. Forests: A Modeling Analysis”. Forest Ecology And Management 372: 269 - 290. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2016.03.045.
Lovett, Gary M., Marissa Weiss, Andrew M. Liebhold, Thomas P. Holmes, Brian Leung, Kathleen F. Lambert, David A. Orwig, et al. 2016. “Nonnative Forest Insects And Pathogens In The United States: Impacts And Policy Options”. Ecological Applications 26 (5): 1437 - 1455. doi:10.1890/15-1176.
Lovett, Gary M., Marissa Weiss, and Kathleen F. Lambert. 2016. “Invasive Forest Pests In The United States: Community Impacts And Opportunities For Tree-Smart Trade.”. Cary Institute Of Ecosystem Studies And The Science Policy Exchange.. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.
Morillas, Lourdes, Jorge Durán, Alexandra Rodríguez, Javier Roales, Antonio Gallardo, Gary M. Lovett, and Peter M. Groffman. 2015. “Nitrogen Supply Modulates The Effect Of Changes In Drying-Rewetting Frequency On Soil C And N Cycling And Greenhouse Gas Exchange”. Global Change Biology 21 (10): 3854 - 3863. doi:10.1111/gcb.12956.
Rodríguez, Alexandra, Gary M. Lovett, Kathleen C. Weathers, Mary A. Arthur, Pamela H. Templer, Christine L. Goodale, and Lynn M. Christenson. 2014. “Lability Of C In Temperate Forest Soils: Assessing The Role Of Nitrogen Addition And Tree Species Composition”. Soil Biology And Biochemistry 77: 129 - 140. doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2014.06.025.
Christenson, Lynn M., Myron J. Mitchell, Peter M. Groffman, and Gary M. Lovett. 2014. “Cascading Effects Of Climate Change On Forest Ecosystems: Biogeochemical Links Between Trees And Moose In The Northeast Usa”. Ecosystems 17 (3): 442 - 457. doi:10.1007/s10021-013-9733-5.

Authored by Gary Lovett