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Lindsey E. Rustad

Dr. Lindsey Rustad is the Director of the USDA Northeast Climate Hub, providing expertise on the impacts of global change on northeastern forests.

She is also a Research Ecologist for the USDA Forest Service Center for Research on Ecosystem Change in Durham, NH and a Team Leader for the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in NH. Her areas of expertise include biogeochemistry, global change impacts, and advanced environmental sensor systems. Her current interests include implementation of cybertechnology in forests across the northeastern United States and integration of Arts and Science at long term ecological field stations. She received a B.A. in Philosophy at Cornell University in 1980, a M.S. in Forest Science at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences in 1983, and a Ph.D in Plant Science in 1988 at the University of Maine.

Featured Work


Rustad, Lindsey; Campbell, John; Dukes, Jeffrey S.; Huntington, Thomas; Fallon Lambert, Kathy; Mohan, Jacqueline; Rodenhouse, Nicholas. 2012. Changing climate, changing forests: The impacts of climate change on forests of the northeastern United States and eastern Canada. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-99. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 48 p.

Rustad, Lindsey E.; Campbell, John L. 2012. A novel ice storm manipulation experiment in a northern hardwood forest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 42: 1810-1818.

Groffman, Peter M.; Rustad, Lindsey; Templer, Pamela H.; Campbell, John; Christenson, Lynn M.; Lany, Nina K.; Socci, Anne M.; Vadeboncoeur, Matthew A.; Schaberg, Paul; Wilson, Geoffrey F.; Driscoll, Charles T.; Fahey, Timothy J.; Fisk, Melany C.; Goodale, Christine L.; Green, Mark B.; Hamburg, Steven P.; Johnson, Chris E.; Mitchell, Myron J.; Morse, Jennifer L.; Pardo, Linda H.; Rodenhouse, Nicholas L. 2012. Long-term integrated studies show complex and surprising effects of climate change in northern hardwood forests. BioScience. 62(12): 1056-1066

Campbell, John L.; Rustad, Lindsey E.; Boyer, Elizabeth W.; Christopher, Sheila F.; Driscoll, Charles T.; Fernandez, Ivan .J.; Groffman, Peter M.; Houle, Daniel; Kiekbusch, Jana; Magill, Alison H.; Mitchell, Myron J.; Ollinger, Scott V. 2009. Consequences of climate change for biogeochemical cycling in forests of northeastern North America. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 39: 264-284.

Rustad, Lindsey E. 2008. The response of terrestrial ecosystems to global climate change: Towards an integrated approach. Science of The Total Environment. 404(2-3): 222-235.

Peer-reviewed published documents authored and co-authored by Lindsey Rustad can be found here at the USDA Forest Service TreeSearch directory

Lindsey E. Rustad


  • Director, USDA Northeast Climate Hub
  • Adjunct Scientist, Southern Research Station, U.S. Forest Service
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Maine, Orono


U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station


271 Mast Road, Durham, NH

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Focus Area

  • Climate Change and Forests
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles