Special Issue

We have arranged for a special issue of Forests focused on the effects of emerald ash borer on ash forests, and invite you to submit a manuscript by 31 December 2017. Submissions can be made via: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/forests/special_issues/EAB

*Special issue flyer

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Randall K. Kolka (Guest Editor)
USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, 1831 Hwy. 169 E. Grand Rapids, MN, USA
Interests: biogeochemistry; soil carbon sequestration; land management across terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems; water, nutrient and carbon cycling; climate change
Dr. Anthony D’Amato (Co-Guest Editor)
The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, The University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405, USA
Interests: silviculture and applied forest ecology; forest management; regeneration; stand dynamics and development
Dr. Nam Jin Noh (Co-Guest Editor)
School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931, USA
Interests: biogeochemistry; carbon and nitrogen dynamics; plant and soil interaction; applied forest ecology; forest management; climate change
Dr. Brian J. Palik (Co-Guest Editor)
Team Leader & Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, 1831 Hwy. 169 E. Grand Rapids, MN 55744, USA
Interests: disturbance ecology; ecological forestry; stand dynamics and development; plant community composition and diversity; regeneration
Dr. Tomas Pypker (Co-Guest Editor)
Department of Natural Resource Science, Thompson Rivers University, 900 McGill Road, Kamloops, BC, Canada
Interests: micrometeorology; plant ecophysiology; hydrology; disturbance ecology; ecosystem management; climate change
Dr. Robert Slesak  (Co-Guest Editor)
Minnesota Forest Resources Council, 1530 Cleveland Avenue N, St. Paul, MN, USA
Interests: sustainable forest practices; forest management; forest soils; applied forest ecology; hydrology; ecosystem function
Dr. Joseph W. Wagenbrenner (Co-Guest Editor)
USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, 1700 Bayview Drive, Arcata, CA, USA
Interests: forest hydrology; disturbance ecology; forest practices and management; climate change

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is rapidly spreading throughout Eastern North America and devastating ecosystems where ash is a component tree. This rapid and sustained loss of ash trees has already resulted in ecological impacts on both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and is projected to be even more severe as EAB invades ash dominated wetlands of the western Great Lakes region. We propose a Special Issue that will address current research documenting ecological impacts of EAB in forest ecosystems, as well as management approaches to mitigate those impacts. Prospective authors are invited to contribute original researches to this Special Issue of Forests. Topics may include, but are not limited to: Managements of ash forests and potential replacements, nutrient and vegetation dynamics, greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration and cycling, hydrologic impacts, and pre or post-infestation silvicultural approaches or management strategies.

Dr. Randall K. Kolka
Guest Editor

Dr. Anthony D’Amato
Dr. Nam Jin Noh
Dr. Brian J. Palik
Dr. Tomas Pypker
Dr. Robert Slesak
Dr. Joseph W. Wagenbrenner
Co-Guest Editors


Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Forests is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs).


  • emerald ash borer
  • ash forests
  • tree mortality
  • vegetation and stand dynamics
  • species replacement
  • silviculture and management
  • water, carbon and nutrient dynamics
  • biogeochemistry