CURRICULUM VITAE:   Kerry David Woods


Natural Sciences, Bennington College

Bennington, Vermont 05201





Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Ph.D., Ecology, 1981. (Advisors: R. H. Whittaker, P. L. Marks).  Minor areas: Statistics, Soil Science.

Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL; B.S. summa cum laude,1975. (Biology, Physics)


Awards and Fellowships:


Visiting Scholar/Faculty, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Spring 2020 (deferred due to CoVid)

Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster, 2013-2018 (project award, Univ. Ljubljana, Slovenia, fall 2014)

Center Fellow, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis 2008-2009

Program Chair, National meetings, Ecological Society of America 2007

Manierre Research Award, Huron Mt. Wildlife Foundation 2000

Bullard Fellowship, Harvard University 1997

VT-EPSCoR -- NSF Sabbatical Fellowship 1997

Sigma Xi 1980

National Science Foundation Fellow 1975-1978

Phi Beta Kappa 1975


Professional Appointments:


Faculty, Bennington College 1986-

Director of Research, Huron Mt. Wildlife Foundation, Ives Lake Field Station 2004 -

Visiting Professor, Univ. VT Field Naturalist M.S. Program, Jan 1995

Visiting Scientist, Landcare Research, Christchurch NZ, Fall 1993

Professor, Central European Univ., Grad. Program in Envir. Science, Budapest, summer 1991

Postdoctoral Associate (w/ D. Botkin) and Lecturer, Univ. California, Santa Barbara 1983-86

Assistant Professor of Biology, St. Olaf College 1982-1983

Instructor and Postdoctoral Associate (w/ M. B. Davis), University of Minnesota 1980-1982


Other Professional Contributions:


Founding member ForestREplot Consortium, Ghent, Belgium, 2014

Associate Editor, Ecology and Ecological Monographs, 2001-2011

Associate Editor, Journal of Vegetation Science, 2001 - 

Founding Member, Editorial Board, PeerJ, 2012-

Professional Ethics Committee (Chair), Int’l Assoc. Veg. Sci, 2011- (framed revised Code of Ethics, 2019-20)

Chair, N. Amer. Section, Int’l Assoc. for Veg. Sci. 2009-2010

Advisory Board ‘Issues in Ecology’ (ESA ‘white-paper’ series), 2008-2011

Organizer, Ecological Society of America Section, Researchers at Undergrad Institutions, 2008

Program Committee, Ecological Society of America, 2004-2009 (Chair 2008-9)

Director of Research, Huron Mt. Wildlife Foundation, 2004-

NEON/GLACEO (upper midwest) Consortium 2004-2009

Scientific Advisory Committee, Edmund Niles Huyck Preserve and Research Station, 2000-

Accreditation Visiting Teams (10) for New England Assoc. Schools and Colleges, 1990-2016

Flora Advisory Committee to Vermont Endangered Species Committee, 1988-

Working Group, National Park Service, New England “Vital Signs”, Acadia N.P. 2004

ad hoc Committee on Data Sharing and Archiving, Ecological Society of America, 1995-1999

Ecological Society of America Council Member 1994-2003,2008-2009

Professional Ethics Committee, Ecological Society of America, 1991-2003; Chair, 1994-2003.

Small College Development Committee, VT-EPSCoR/NSF, 1988-1997

Board of Directors, Equinox Preservation Trust 1991-1997.

Co-Organizer, Vermont Field Biology Conferences, 1990-1993.

Science Advisory Group, Earth Observing System, NASA, 1985.

External reader, Ph.D. dissertations Universities of Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec-Montreal

Manuscript and grant proposal review for numerous journals and agencies

Organizer of featured Symposia at professional meetings (Ecol. Soc. Amer., Int’l. Assoc. Veg. Sci.)

College Service: many Committees, including Faculty Review, 18 yrs (Chair 4 yrs)


Professional Societies:


            Ecological Society of America

            British Ecological Society

            International Association for Vegetation Science


Scholarly Publications:

 (h-index = 23, total citations = 2950 as of September 2020)

Brzeziecki, B., K.D. Woods... (plus 4). 2020. Over 80 years without major disturbance, late‐successional Białowieża woodlands exhibit complex dynamism, with coherent compositional shifts towards true old‐growth conditions. Journal of Ecology 108 (3), 1138-1154   

Dye, Alex, K.D. Woods. 2019. Growth and Climate Response of Four New Tsuga canadensis (L.) Carrière (Eastern Hemlock) Tree-Ring Chronologies from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Great Lakes Botanist 58:193-204.

Dornelas, M., L. H. Antao …K.D. Woods…(many others). 2018. BioTIME: A database of biodiversity time series for the Anthropocene. Global Ecology and Biogeography 27:760–786.

Verheyen, K.,… K.D. Woods… (many others).. 2016. Combining biodiversity resurveys across regions to advance global change research. BioScience 67:73–83.

Fahey, R. T., A. T. Fotis, and K. D. Woods. 2014. Quantifying canopy complexity and effects on productivity and resilience in late-successional hemlock–hardwood forests. Ecological Applications 25:834–847.

Woods, K. D. 2014. Multi-decade biomass dynamics in an old-growth hemlock-northern hardwood forest, Michigan, USA. PeerJ 2:e598.

Woods, K. D. 2014. Problems with edges: tree lines as indicators of climate change (or not). Applied Vegetation Science 17:4–5.

De Frenne, P.,…others,…, K. D. Woods, M. Wulf, B. J. Graae, and K. Verheyen. 2013. Microclimate moderates plant responses to macroclimate warming. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110:18561–18565.

Woods, K.D., D.J. Hicks, J. Schultz. 2012. Losses in understory diversity over three decades in an old-growth cool-temperate forest in Michigan, USA. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 42: 532-549.

Woods, K.D. 2009. Multi-decade, spatially explicit population studies of canopy dynamics in Michigan old-growth forests. Ecological Archives E090-251-D1.

Woods, K.D. (compiler) 2008.  An all-taxa biodiversity inventory of the Huron Mountain Club. Version September 2008. Occasional papers of the Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation, No. 5. []

Woods, K.D. 2008. Living long by staying small; stem-layering as an adaptive life-history trait in shade-tolerant seedlings. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 38:480-487.

Bekker, R.M., van der Maarel, E., Bruelheide, H. & Woods, K. 2007. Long-term datasets: From descriptive to predictive data using eco-informatics. Journal of Vegetation Science 18:457-462. [Introduction to special issue on Ecoinformatics, including next paper.]

Woods, K.D. 2007. Predictability, contingency, and convergence in late succession: slow systems and complex data-sets.   Journal of Vegetation Science 18: 543-554

Papaik, M.J., C.D. Canham, E.F. Latty, K.D. Woods. 2005. Effects of an introduced pathogen on resistance to natural disturbance: beech bark disease and windthrow. Can. J. For. Res.35:1382-1843.

Woods, K.D. 2004. Intermediate disturbance in a late-successional hemlock-northern hardwood forest. Journal of Ecology 92:464-476.

Woods, K.D. 2000. Dynamics of a late-successional hemlock-hardwood forest over three decades. Ecology 81:110-126.

Woods, K.D. 2000. Long-term change and spatial pattern in a late-successional hemlock-northern hardwood forest. Journal of Ecology 88:267-282.

Woods, K.D. 1996. Community response to plant invasion. Invited Chapter IN: J.O. Luken and J.W. Thieret (eds) Assessment and Management of Plant Invasions. Springer-Verlag.

J. Jenkins, K. D. Woods. 1995. How to destroy high-diversity native wetlands: draw-downs and invasion by Myriophyllum spicatum. Tech. Reports, VT DEC (MS in prep for journal).

Woods, K.D and C.V. Cogbill. 1994. Upland old-growth forests in the Adirondack Park, New York. Natural Areas Journal 14:241-258.

Woods, K.D. 1993. Consequences for forest communities of invasion by Lonicera tatarica L.. American Midland Naturalist 130:62-74.

Hall, F.G., K. Huemmrich, D. Strebel, S. Goetz, K.D. Woods. 1992. Biophysical, morphological, canopy optical properties,  productivity data from Superior N.F. NASA Tech. Mem. 104568

Hall, F.G., D.B.Botkin, D.E. Strebel, K.D. Woods, S.J.Goetz. 1991. Large-scale patterns of forest succession as determined by remote sensing. Ecology 72:628-640.

Woods, K.D., A. Feiveson, D.B. Botkin. 1991. Statistical error analysis for biomass density and leaf area estimation.  Can. Journal of Forest Research 21:974-989.

Davis, M.B., K.D. Woods, M. Schwartz. 1991. Detecting a species limit from pollen in sediments. Journal of Biogeography 18:653-668.

Woods, K.D. and M.B. Davis. 1989. Paleoecology of range limits: beech in northern Michigan and Wisconsin. Ecology 70:681-696.Woods, K.D. 1988. Northern hardwood forests. Journal New England Wild Flower Soc.

Davis, M., K.D.Woods, S.Webb, and R.Futyma. 1986. Dispersal versus climate: expansion of Fagus and Tsuga into the Upper Great Lakes region. Vegetatio 67:93-103.

Botkin, D.B., T. Reynales, K.D. Woods. 1985. Adding spatial considerations to the JABOWA model of forest growth. IN Proceedings of XII Annual Symposium on Machine Processing of Remotely Sensed Data, LARS, Purdue.

Woods, K.D. 1984. Patterns of tree replacement: canopy effects on understory pattern in hemlock-northern hardwood forests. Vegetatio 56:87-107. (Republished, 1985, IN Peet (ed), Papers in Plant Ecology in Honor of R. H. Whittaker.

Woods, K.D. and R.H. Whittaker. 1981. Canopy-understory interaction and the internal dynamics of mature hardwood and hemlock-hardwood forests. IN West, Shugart, and Botkin (eds), Forest Succession: Concepts and Applications. Springer-Verlag.

Woods, K.D. 1981. Interstand and Intrastand Pattern in Hemlock-Northern Hardwood Forests. Ph.D. Thesis, Cornell, Univ.

Woods, K.D. 1979. Reciprocal replacement and the maintenance of codominance in a beech-maple forest. Oikos 33:31-39.


Research Grants from:


National Science Foundation

U.S. Forest Services,


Mellon Foundation,

Huron Mt. Wildlife Foundation,

Vermont Agency Natural Resources

Merck Forest and Farm Foundation

Michigan Botanical Club




Selected Invited Professional/Research Talks (from > 75):


Permanent plots and heritage data-sets offer our best insights into dynamics of primeval forests. Keynote address, International Conference on Temperate and Boreal Primeval Forests in the Face of Global Change, Lviv, Ukraine, 2019

Imagined Forests: How do we know what we think we know about (eastern deciduous) old-growth forests? University of Vermont, Fall 2018

Cross-continental comparisons of tree mortality in old-growth temperate forests show non-equilibrial dynamics. Invited Paper, Annual Symposium, International Assoc for Veg. Sci, Palermo, Italy. 2017

Retrospective permanent-plot data offer deeper understanding of late-successional forest dynamics. Annual Symposium, International Association for Vegetation Science, Brno, Czech Republic, 2015

New models for old growth from long-term studies in eastern deciduous forests. Invited paper, Annual meeting, Ecological Society of America, Baltimore 2015

‘Heritage’ data-sets offer important insights into forest dynamics and response to environmental change. Forestry Dept., Univ. of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2014

Historical contingency in old-growth forests: Implications for community patterns in the face of environmental change. Invited paper, Annual meeting Ecological Society of America, Pittsburgh, 2010

Seedling regeneration, shade-tolerance, deer browse, and patch dynamics in late-successional forests: a synthetic view. SUNY Coll. Envir. Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY 2006.

Ecological insights and analytical challenges: processing and visualizing multiple measurements from permanent plots. IAVS Symposium, Plenary Session, Lisbon, Portugal, July 2005

Predictability and contingency in late-successional landscapes. Invited paper, Annual meeting Ecological Society of America, Montreal, 2005


Teaching Experience:


Bennington College: wide array of courses in field biol. ecology, evolution, environmental studies

University of Vermont: Graduate field course in Ecological Field Methods and Desert Ecology

Central European University: Graduate Seminar in Environmental Science and Policy.

Univ. Calif.-Santa Barbara.  St. Olaf College, various undergrad and grad ecology courses