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Dr. Robert T. Fahey
Assistant Professor (Forest Ecology and Management)
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment

University of Connecticut
U-4087, 1376 Storrs Road
Storrs, CT 06269-4087

Office: WB Young Building, Room #331A

Phone: (860) 486-4169



Ph.D. 2011

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Forest Ecology and Management

M.S. 2005

Oregon State University, Forest Ecosystems

B.S. 2001

Cornell University, Natural Resources



Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut


Forest Ecologist, The Morton Arboretum

Research and Recent Publications

Fahey, R.T. (In press). Variation in responsiveness of woody plant leaf-out phenology to anomalous spring onset. Ecosphere.

Stuart-Haëntjens, E.J., P.S. Curtis, R.T. Fahey, C.S. Vogel, and C.M. Gough. 2015. Net primary production of a temperate deciduous forest exhibits a threshold response to increasing disturbance severity. Ecology. 96:2478–2487.

N. Barber and R.T. Fahey. 2015. Consequences of phenology variation and oxidative defenses in Quercus. Chemoecology. 25: 261-270.

Panchen, Z. A., R. Primack, A. Gallinat, B. Nordt, A.D. Stevens, Y. Du., R.T. Fahey. 2015. Substantial variation in leaf senescence times among 1360 temperate woody plant species: Implications for phenology and ecosystem processes. Annals of Botany. doi: 10.1093/aob/mcv015

Fahey, R.T., A. Fotis, and K.D. Woods. 2015. Quantifying canopy structural complexity in late-successional forests: effects on productivity and disturbance resilience. Ecological Applications, 25(3): 834-847.

D. Carter, R.T. Fahey, K. Driesilker, M. B. Bialecki, and M Bowles. 2015. Evaluating trade-offs between oak regeneration and C sequestration in relation to management and historical land-use. Forest Ecology and Management, 343: 53-62.

Fahey, R.T. 2014. Composition, structure, and trajectories of Great Lakes coastal pine forests in relation to historical baselines and disturbance history. American Midland Naturalist, 172(2): 285–302

Fahey, R.T. and C.G. Lorimer. 2014. Habitat associations and 150 years of compositional change in white pine-hemlock-hardwood forests based on resurvey of public land survey corners. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society, 141(4): 277-293.

Panchen, Z. A., R. Primack, B. Nordt, E.R. Ellwood, A.D. Stevens, S.S. Renner, C. G. Willis, R.T. Fahey, A.Whittemore, Y. Du, C.C. Davis. 2014. Leaf-out times in woody temperate plants are related to phylogeny, deciduousness, growth habit and wood anatomy. New Phytologist doi: 10.1111/nph.12892

Fahey, R.T., D. Maurer, M. Bowles, and J. McBride. 2014. Evaluating restoration baselines for edaphically complex, historically fire-protected woodlands within a Prairie Peninsula landscape. Natural Areas Journal, 34(2): 166-177.

Fahey, R.T. and C.G. Lorimer. 2014. Establishment and persistence of pine populations in late-successional forests: influence of variation in habitat-mediated disturbance regimes. Journal of Vegetation Science, 25(2): 584-600

Fahey, R.T. and C.G. Lorimer. 2013. Restoring a midtolerant pine species as a component of late-successional forests: results of gap-based planting trials. Forest Ecology and Management, 292: 139-149

Fahey, R.T., M.B. Bialecki, and D.R. Carter. 2013. Tree growth and resilience to extreme drought across an urban land-use gradient. Arboriculture and Urban Forestry, 39(6): 279-285

Fahey, R.T., C.G. Lorimer, and D.J. Mladenoff. 2012. Habitat heterogeneity and life-history traits influence presettlement distributions of early-successional tree species in a late-successional, hemlock-hardwood landscape. Landscape Ecology, 27:7. 999-1013

Fahey, R.T., M. Bowles, and J. McBride. 2012. Origins of the Chicago urban forest: composition and structure in relation to pre-settlement vegetation and modern land-use. Arboriculture and Urban Forestry, 38 (5).181-193

Fahey, R.T. and K.J. Puettmann. 2008. Determination of gap influence extent based on patterns in understory plant communities. Forest Ecology and Management, 255: 2801-2810.

Fahey, R.T. and K.J. Puettmann. 2007. Ground-layer disturbance and initial conditions influence gap partitioning of understorey vegetation. Journal of Ecology, 95: 1098-1109.

Suarez, E.R., Tierney, G.L., Fahey, T.J., and Fahey, R.T. 2006. Exploring patterns of exotic earthworm distribution in a temperate hardwood forest in South-Central New York, USA. Landscape Ecology, 21: 297-306

Bohlen, P.J., P.M. Groffman, T.J. Fahey, M.C. Fisk, E.R. Suarez, D.M. Pelletier, and R.T. Fahey. 2004. Ecosystem consequences of exotic earthworm invasion of north temperate forests. Ecosystems, 7:1-12

Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4087
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4087
Phone: 860-486-2840