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David V. D'Amore

David V. D'Amore
Research Soil Scientist
Land and Watershed Management
11175 Auke Lake Way
Juneau, AK 99801-8791
United States
Current Research
I am studying the influence of soil geomorphology on biogeochemical and plant responses across ecosystems of the North Pacific coastal temperate rain forest.
Research Interest
My current research consists of two programs that are addressing key coastal forest issues. The first is developing carbon cycle budgets that incorporate both long-term terrestrial stocks and the gaseous and dissolved carbon fluxes within them. The second research program is investigating the mechanisms involved in the widespread decline of yellow-cedar and the implications for plant communities and watersheds.
Why This Research Is Important
Coastal margins are a key area of terrestrial and aquatic change due to variations in short and long-term climate. The underlying soil component influences key drivers such as moisture and temperature; understanding the varying effect of these environmental drivers can assist land managers and researchers in understanding ecosystem processes such as nutrient cycling and plant growth.
  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Ph.D., Forest soils, 2011
  • Oregon State University, M.S., Soil science, 1994
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Research Highlights

Pacific Northwest Coastal Rainforests Sequester Tons of Carbon, Literally

Year: 2019
Researchers estimated soil carbon in the world’s largest temperate rainforest to provide a critical tool to meet USDA Forest Service carbon accounting requirements and legislated mandates. Soils store a significant amount of carbon, which makes accurate estimates of soil carbon across different land...

New hypothesis for yellow-cedar decline links calcium accumulation to nitrogen cycles and rooting depth

Year: 2010
Station scientists formulated a new hypothesis that explains how cedar trees survive in marginal conditions, yet have roots that are susceptible to freezing injury-an occurrence that has killed more than 500,000 acres of yellow-cedar in southeast Alaska.

Learning more about the role of salmon-derived nutrients in Southeast Alaska watersheds

Year: 2011
This research tested a common assumption and found that, contrary to conventional wisdom, younger soil closest to the stream had lower concentration of the nitrogen isotope 15N compared to older soil found farther away from the stream. The 15N isotope has historically been used to trace presumed sal...

Nutrient Cycling Through Wetlands in Southeast Alaska Affects Stream Carbon

Year: 2015
The coastal temperate rainforest of southeast Alaska can be characterized by the constant flow of water between the terrestrial and aquatic systems. As the water drains from steep slopes into wetlands, streams, rivers, and estuaries of the Gulf of Alaska, it carries nutrients that influence of the p...

A Climate Adaptation Strategy for Conservation and Management of Yellow-Cedar in Alaska

Year: 2015
A new report assesss past, current, and expected future condition of yellow-cedar forests on all land ownerships where yellow-cedar grows in Alaska. The report reveals specific areas of yellow-cedar forest that are expected to remain healthy in the future, and gives related options for monitoring th...