Rogues Gallery of ENTS Members (D)

Anthony D'Amato

Assistant Professor
Department of Forest Resources
University of Minnesota

My research interests center on evaluating the efficacy of traditional and experimental silvicultural strategies to meet the diverse range of forest management objectives on public and private land. Specific research areas include: integrating patterns of forest stand dynamics into silvicultural practices aimed at enhancing factors such as timber production and forest structural complexity; identifying biotic and abiotic controls on natural regeneration dynamics in managed systems, and investigating the nature and influence of plant competitive interactions on early stand development and long-term growth and yield.

Coauthor of the last two Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest Research reports. Author of [publications on Old-growth in Massachusetts.  


Ph.D. Forest Resources, University of Massachusetts, 2007
M.S. Forest Science, Oregon State University, 2002
B.S. Forest Ecosystem Science, University of Maine, 200

Robyn Darbyshire

Southwestern Oregon

Forester, high school independent research mentor, manager of long-term large scale research project on forest productivity, husband (forester), son (Criminal Justice student), daughter (paleontologist), fascinated by trees, lived most of my life in Oregon and Idaho, worked for university, private industry, US government, bridge between research and management, bachelor's degree in forest science, master's degree in tree physiology, and doctorate in wood anatomy and forest ecology.

Trees have fascinated me for a very long time. I have been practicing forestry for more than 30 years for the federal government, a private timber company, and a university. I enjoy working at the interface of research and management, and I have probably spent about half of my career in research and half in management. I live in the Pacific Northwest near the northern-most naturally occurring redwoods, and I grew up in Missouri, Wyoming, and Idaho. Botany, plant ecology and plant geography are my passions, and after I retire in a few years I would like to teach at the college level. I also work with high school students on independent research projects and I have a nonprofit that I have set up to facilitate that. I have a wonderful husband who tolerates my many quirks (he is a retired forester), and two grown children who never cease to amaze me (and who also are amused by my many quirks). 

Medford, OR, January 19, 2007 – Forest Service employee Robyn Darbyshire is a recipient of the National distinguished John R. McGuire Award for her continuing work coaching and encouraging science students to learn to do genuine natural resource research. Darbyshire is a certified silviculturist assigned to Chetco Ranger District of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest who works for the agency’s PNW Research Station to manage Long-Term Ecosystem Productivity Integrated Research Sites in Oregon and Washington. She resides with her family in Brookings, Oregon.


Michael Davie - ascent of 154' hemlock near Boogerman Pine, GSMNP

Michael writes: "I've been an arborist for about 23 years now, with a three year stint in working in the Smokies as a forestry tech (mostly working on exotic plant control, but I got to do a lot of other cool things). I think I've been interested in trees and finding superlative trees and forests about that long."

Natural Resource Manager at Snow Creek Landscaping, LLC, In over 20 years as an arborist, Michael has climbed into the very top branches of his field. One of this country's handful of Master Arborists certified by the International Society of Arboriculture, and a member of the American Society of Consulting Arborists, Michael is an expert in progressive tree care and natural resource management, with extensive knowledge of native ecosystems.

Michael's passion to preserve natural resources stems from his lifelong involvement with trees and forests. His experience as an arborist includes work for botanical gardens, National Historic Sites, preserves, estates, national parks and individual residences. Michael's work for the Resource Management Department of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where he helped restore many ecologically sensitive sites, included exotic plant control, rare plant inventories and re-establishment, ozone biomonitoring, monitoring of invertebrate plots, and old-growth surveys.

Since joining Snow Creek, Michael has been involved in major projects including Richland Ridge, numerous private estates, and TGI Fridays, where Snow Creek maintains beautiful, historic sycamores, Snow Creek's mission, ethics, and approach attracted Michael, as they accord very well with his own. “We strive to work with the landscape,” he notes, “instead of just shoving things into it like a stepsister's foot into a glass slipper.”


John Davis

has been Director of Conservation of the Adirondack Council since October 2005.   The Council, which has offices in Elizabethtown and Albany, New York, works to protect the ecological integrity and wilderness character of the park. Davis's responsibilities include serving as the primary point of contact for the Council with the New York state legislature. 

For the previous two years he served as land steward for the Eddy Foundation, which purchases and preserves wildlands in the eastern Adirondacks of northern New York.  With the foundation, he conceived and is helping to create and protect a wildlife corridor linking New York’s Adirondack Mountains with the Champlain Valley, a habitat linkage called the Split Rock Wildway.  He owns Hemlock Rock Wildlife Sanctuary, a fifty-acre preserve within the Wildway. 

A graduate of Saint Olaf College, in Northfield, Minnesota, with a major in environmental ethics,  he cofounded and was the first editor of Wild Earth, which began publication in 1990.  He left Wild Earth in 1997 to become Biodiversity and Wilderness program office for the Foundation for Deep Ecology, based in Sausalito, California, a position he held until 2003.

He is a member of the boards of the Conservation Land Trust, Eddy Foundation, Restore: The North Woods, and the Wildlands Project.  He is also an avid hiker, cyclist, paddler, cross-country skier, and wildlife watcher; and a student of natural history, particularly in the Adirondacks, Northern Appalachians, and California.

 "John Davis, a 47-year-old “tri-athlete meets John Muir”, also is a founder of Wildlands Network, past editor of the widely respected Wild Earth magazine, writer and naturalist. Throughout his career as conservation leader with other renowned conservation organizations, this Adirondack native with an indomitable passion for nature has supported continental-size wildlife corridors called Wildways." 


Jennifer Dudley

New York City, NY - The American mezzo-soprano, Jennifer Dudley, received her B A. from New York University in French Language and Culture, and her M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music. She has trained extensively in theatre and dance.

"Jennifer Dudley is a compelling performer both as a singer and an actress. Her recent performances as Jo in Mark Adamo's Little Women for Glimmerglass Opera and New York City Opera (NYCO) have been definitive and greeted with unanimous raves."  continued...

Dudley is a member of the New York City Pigeon Rescue Central: The city provides virtually no official services for its ubiquitous and little-loved gray birds, first brought here from Europe as food by settlers. So the rescuers fill a niche... Regardless, per the Times, rescuing pigeons is definitely an eccentric enterprise. Dudley brings a bird to a diner in her bag and keeps many at her apartment, playing them classical music when she leaves. The reasoning she gives for her pigeon-care has to do with social justice. "Lots of us see how pigeons are maligned and ignored," she told the Times. "If you have that thread running through you, you know what it's like. I know what it feels like to be ignored. At worst, maligned. I think lots of us feel that way, even if they won't say it." 2012/02/new_york_city_h_2.php

Sky Davis

Totem Pole, Look Park, MA

Marc Depoto

Hillside Nurseries

823 Washington Street
Franklin, MA 02038
Phone 508-528-0038 

     University of Massachusetts Amherst '94
     BS, Teaching Certificate
     Stockbridge School of Agriculture '91 AS

     Hillside Nurseries Inc.


Dwarf & Unusual Conifers for the Modern Garden by Marc Depoto
Dr. Roman Dial

Professor of Biology and Mathematics
Environmental Science Department
Alaska Pacific University
Anchorage, Alaska

Ph.D. Biological Sciences, Stanford University
M.S. Mathematics, University of Alaska Fairbanks
B.S. Mathematics and Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks

A professor at Alaska Pacific University, Roman Dial teaches courses in ecology, outdoor skills, and math. He has climbed, hiked, and skied across the major mountain ranges of Alaska. Roman's 800-mile mountain bike traverse of the Alaska Range was featured in the May 1997 issue of National Geographic magazine, his "canopy trek" through Australia in the March 2003 issue, and his expedition to find Borneo's tallest tropical tree in the July 2006 issue.

Eli Dickerson

Member since:
Fall 2008
Location: Atlanta, GA

Environmental Educator, B.A. Biology- Winthrop University.  Studied under interpretive park rangers and restoration ecologists in Santa Monica Mountains (So. California) from 2003-2005.  Educator at Fernbank Museum of Natural History (Atlanta, GA) from 2005-current.

 Updating Big Tree lists for metro Atlanta and exploring ecosystems from North Georgia to California and beyond!  Also, I"m very interested in networking and partnering with various organizations and volunteer groups throughout Atlanta and the SouthEast.
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Dr. Thomas Diggins

Tom Digginsis a professor of forest ecology at Youngstown State University, but Dr. Diggins is no ordinary academic. He is a rising star among the corps of elite field research scientists who through their work fulfill a higher mission by bringing critical public attention to ecological treasures that have slipped through the cracks of our governmental bureaucracies and are consequently at risk. 

Dr. Diggins is currently studying the unique old growth forests of Zoar Valley, NY, which are not just a natural state treasure, but a national one. Dr. Diggins is the leading researcher for this land that time forgot.

Michael Dunn

I'm a student with Prescott College out of Arizona and  currently work as an arborist in the Philadelphia area. I spent three years in a traditional Environmental Science program at Shippensburg University but was sidetracked by the lure of the American West. I lived in Montana and Arizona, working on Forest Service fire and Hotshot crews.  Having spent days as a ground-pounder fighting fires in these regions has given me great appreciation for the desert.

 The focus of my big tree work will be in the Philadelphia region.  Due to my work as an arborist, I have access to some really nice private properties, that I feel may yield some large finds to contribute to the big tree list.

After being dissatisfied with several of my past employers I have decided to go into business for myself and founded Preservation tree Company.  I will practice arboriculture in an environmentally friendly and progressive way.



NTS People -Alphabetical