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Dr. Mark Rudnicki
Associate Professor, Forest Ecology
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment

University of Connecticut
U-4087, 1376 Storrs Road
Storrs, CT 06269-4087

Room #224
Tel: (860) 486-4169 
Fax: (860) 486-5408


B.S., 1991 Colorado State University, Natural Resources Management
M.S., 1997 Michigan Technological University, Forestry
Ph.D., 2002 University of Alberta, Forest Biology and Management


University of Connecticut, Assistant Professor, Forest Ecology
2003-2004 University of Alaska Southeast, Assistant Professor, Forest Resources
2002-2002 University of British Columbia, Post Doctoral Associate, Forest Science

Research Interests

I am interested in understanding the mechanisms that govern forest stand dynamics. In particular, I am interested in catastrophic and chronic wind interactions with forest ecosystems. I am interested in quantifying tree sway in the wind and effects of sway on tree growth and canopy architecture.

Ancillary interests include catastrophic windthrow modeling and wind tunnel studies on tree crown aerodynamics.

Reviewed Publications

  • Webb V.A. and Rudnicki M. (2009) A Linear Analysis of the Interaction Between the Atmosphere and an Underlying Compliant Plant Canopy. Boundary Layer Meteorology. 133:93-11
  • Rudnicki M., Meyer T.H., Silins U., Leiffers V.J., Webb V.A. (2008) The periodic motion of lodgepole pine trees as affected by collisions with neighbors. Trees: Structure and Function (accepted)
  • Rudnicki M. and Meyer T. (2007) Methods to convert local sampling coordinates into geographic information system/global positioning systems (GIS/GPS)-compatible coordinate systems.Northern Journal of Applied Forestry. 24(3): 233-238
  • Rudnicki M. and Burns D.P. (2006) Branch sway period of 4 tree species using 3-D motion tracking. Proceedings of the Fifth Plant Biomechanics Conference, STFI- Packforsk, Stockholm, Sweden 25-30.
  • Meng S.X , Lieffers V.J., Reid D.E.B., Rudnicki M., Silins U., Jin M. (2006) Reducing stem bending increases the height growth of tall pines. Journal of Experimental Botany. 57(12):3175-3182; doi:10.1093/jxb/erl079
  • Meng S.X., Rudnicki M., Lieffers V.J., Reid D.E.B. and Silins U. (2006) Preventing crown collisions increases the crown cover and leaf area of maturing lodgepole pine. Journal of Ecology. 94(3): 681-686 doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2006.01121.x
  • Vollsinger, S., Mitchell S.J., Byrne K.E., Novak M.D. and Rudnicki M. (2005) Wind tunnel measurements of crown streamlining and drag relationships for several hardwood species. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 35(5) 1238-1249.
  • Rudnicki M., Mitchell S.J. and Novak M.D. (2004) Wind tunnel measurements of crown streamlining and drag relationships for three conifer species. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 34: 666-676
  • Rudnicki M., Silins U. and Lieffers V.J. (2004) Crown cover is correlated with relative density, tree slenderness and tree height in lodgepole pine. Forest Science 50(3): 356-363
  • Rudnicki M., Lieffers V.J. and Silins U. (2003) Stand structure governs the crown collisions of lodgepole pine. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 33: 1238-1244
  • Chen J., Song B., Moeur M., Rudnicki M., Bible K., Shaw D.C., Braun D.M. and Franklin J.F. (2004) Coherent spatial relationships of species distribution and above-ground biomass in an old-growth pseudotsuga-tsuga forest. Forest Science 50(3): 364-375
  • North M., Chen J., Song B., Rudnicki M. and Oakley B. (2004) Forest stand structure and pattern of old-growth Douglas-fir and mixed-conifer forests. Forest Science 50(3): 299-311
  • Rudnicki M., Silins U. , Lieffers V.J. and Josi G. (2000) Measure of simultaneous tree sways and estimation of crown interactions among a group of trees. Trees: Structure and Function 15: 83-90
  • Rudnicki M. and Chen J. (2000) Relations of climate and radial increment of western hemlock in an old-growth Douglas-fir forest in southern Washington . Northwest Science 74 (1): 57-68
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4087
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4087
Phone: 860-486-2840