David A Lutz

Research Assistant Professor and Lecturer
Academic Appointments

Research Assistant Professor

David Lutz is an environmental scientist and ecologist with a background in simulation modeling, remote sensing, and ecological economics. His research focuses on documenting and analyzing environmental change through the use of novel modern technological methods. In addition, he is keenly interested in the construction of simulation and empirical models to investigate optimal adaptive management strategies that allow for the continued delivery of ecosystem services from natural landscapes in future scenarios of change. David is the Primary Investigator of a NASA Interdisciplinary Science project that utilizes the historical satellite archive and three decades of citizen science observations to observe changes in water quality in New England lakes. In addition, he is currently an active collaborator at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest and Dartmouth’s Second College Grant with the U.S. Forest Service to develop Arduino-based wireless sensor networks to monitor changing environmental conditions.

124 Fairchild
HB 6182
Environmental Studies
BSc, Wake Forest University 2004
MSc, University of Virginia 2008
PhD, University of Virginia 2011

Selected Publications

Rapp, J. M., Lutz, D. A., Huish, R. D., Dufour, B., Ahmed, S., Morelli, T. L., and Stinson, K. A. 2019. Finding the Sweet Spot: Shifting optimal climate for maple syrup production in North America. Forest Ecology and Management, 448(15). 187-197.

Finger Higgens, R.A., Chipman, J. W., Lutz, D. A., Culler, L. E., Virginia, R. A., and Ogden, L. A. 2019. Changing Lake DYnamics Indicate a Drier Arctic in Western Greenland. Journal of Geophysical Research Letters. 141(1). 870-883.

Borsuk, M. E., Mavrommati, G., Samal, N., Zuidema, S., Wollheim, W., Thorn, A. M., Lutz, D. A., Mineau, M., Grimm, C., Wake, C., Howarth, R. B., and Gardner, K. 2019. Comparative multiattribute valuation of ecosystem services across a range of regional land-use, socio-economic, and climate scenarios. Ecology and Society, 24(2): 11. 

White, A. S.*, Lutz, D. A., Howarth, R. B., and Soto, J. R. 2018 Small-Scale Forestry and Carbon Offset Markets: An Empirical Study of Vermont Current use Forest Landowners Willingness to Accept Carbon Credit Programs. PLoS One, 13(8), e0201967, doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0201967.

Astrup, R., Bernier, P. Y., Genet, H., Lutz, D. A., and Bright, R. M. 2018. A sensible climate solution for the boreal forest. Nature Climate Change, 8(1), 1.

Samal, N., Wollheim, W., Zuidema, S., Stewart, R., Zhou, Z., Mineau, M., Borsuk, M., Gardner, K., Glidden, S., Huang, T., Lutz, D. A., Mavrommati, G., Thorn, A., Wake, C., and Huber, M. 2017. A coupled terrestrial and aquatic biogeophysical model of the Upper Merrimack River watershed, New Hampshire, to inform ecosystem services evaluation and management under climate and land-cover change. Ecology and Society, 22(4), 18.

Lutz, D. A., Burakowski, E. A., Murphy, M. B.*, Borsuk, M. E., Niemiec, R. M.*, and Howarth, R. B. 2016. Tradeoffs between Three Forest Ecosystem Services across the State of New Hampshire: Timber, Carbon, and Albedo. Ecological Applications, 26(1), 146-161.

Lutz, D. A. and Howarth, R. B. The Price of Snow: The Use of Climate Metrics for Forest Albedo Valuation. In 2nd Round of Revision: Environmental Research Letters

McDermott, S.M., Howarth, R. B., and Lutz, D. A. 2015. Addressing the assumption of carbon neutrality: Analysis of the Northern Forest. Land Economics, 91(2), 197-210.

Niemiec, R. A.*, Lutz, D. A., and Howarth, R. B. 2014. Incorporating Carbon Storage into the Optimal Management of Forest Insect Pests: A Case Study of the Southern Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus Frontalis Zimmerman) in the New Jersey Pinelands, Environmental Management, 54(4), 875-887.

Lutz, D.A. and Howarth, R. B. 2014. Valuing Albedo as an Ecosystem Service: Implications for Forest Management. Climatic Change, 124, 53-63. DOI 10.1007/s10584-014-1109-0

Lutz, D. A., Powell, R. L., and Silman, M. R. 2013. Four Decades of Andean Timberline Migration and Implications for Biodiversity Loss with Climate Change. PLoS ONE, 8(9), e74496. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0074496

Lutz, D. A., Shugart, H. H., Ershov, D. V., Shuman, J. K., and Isaev, A. S. 2013 Boreal forest sensitivity to increased temperatures at multiple successional stages. Annals of Forest Science, 1-10.

Lutz, D. A., White, M. A., Shugart, H. H. 2012. Sensitivity of Russian forest timber harvest and carbon storage to temperature increase. Forestry (86), 283-293.

Browne, R., Lutz, D. A*. 2010. Lake ecosystem effects associated with top-predator removal due to selenium toxicity. Hydrobiologia, 655 (1), 137-148.

Pitman, N. C. A., Azáldegui, M. D. C. L., Salas, K., Vigo, G. T., and Lutz, D. A*. 2006. Written Accounts of an Amazonian Landscape over the Last 450 Years. Conservation Biology, 21(1), pg. 253-262.

Lutz, D. A., Washington-Allen, R. A., and Shugart, H. H. 2008. Remote Sensing of Boreal Forest Biophysical and Inventory Parameters: A Review. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing Special Issue: Remote characterization of vegetation structure and productivity: plant to landscape scales, 34 (supp 2), pg. S286-S313.

* indicates research performed as an undergraduate

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