Silviculture and Forest Ecology

The common forestry practices at local, regional and global scales are strongly criticized by a society that is demanding multiple goods and services proved by forests in addition to timber. The new societal demands are asking for a more “friendly” forest management from natural forests and plantations, one of that needs is taking care of the forests in addition to generating profit for the landowners. Given this changing scenario, new and interesting challenges are displayed for the forest sciences in general, and for silviculture in particular. New directions should be taken by policy makers, scientists, professionals, and landowners in the future in order to provide a certain balance in forestry practices. The new scientific trends show that ecosystem management paradigm could provide insights about how can we balance the supply for both ecosystem goods and services to the society.


In my country, Chile, a piece of land within the temperate region of the southern hemisphere and dominated by Mediterranean and Temperate forests, where the forestry sector is characterized by its successful based on exotic fast-growing plantations (e.g., Pinus radiata and Eucalyptus spp.), but, on the other hand, by a increasing degradation of native forests. Responsible forest management and restoration practices should be addressed by different social actors, where forest restoration, native tree plantations, sustainable forestry management in fast-growing plantations are the main challenges for Chilean forestry science in near future.


Under this framework, my research and professional interests are broadly lie in Forest Science, but with a particular interest in the study of forest structure and stand dynamics, regeneration silviculture in natural and plantation settings, active and passive restoration practices, and also collaborate in initiatives about conservation of threatened tree species. Recently, I am starting to explore new interesting ideas about habitat modeling, thresholds modeling and catastrophic shifts in forest ecosystems, which all of them have caught my attention during the last time, because these theoretical framework could provide important ideas and practical solutions for the recovery of degraded forests, in order to increase the adaptability, resilience, and resistance of the forests under global change scenarios and uncertain future.  

During May 2017, I got my Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) from the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. I am very proud to have been studying in one of the most recognized forestry school in the world and have worked under the advise of Klaus J. Puettmann, Edmund Hayes Professor of Silviculture Alternatives. Previously, I studied my M.S. in Forest Resources (2013) at the Universidad Austral de Chile under the supervision of Pablo Donoso, Professor of Silviculture, and my Bachelor degree in Forest Engineering (Forest Engineer professional diploma) in the same university. For more than 10 years I worked as a research assistant (2003-2009), and then as a research silviculturist (2009-2013) with collaborators from  Universidad Austral de Chile, Universidad de La Frontera y Universidad Catolica de Temuco. Also I served as an associate editor (2008-2010), and the editor-in-chief (2010-2014) of Revista Bosque Nativo (Native Forest Journal). 



Here you can download the book manual about plantation management with Nothofagus species in Chile (written in Spanish for the local audience). If you have problems in downloading please let me know and I can send you a copy via e-mail. link

Here you can download the technical report that I wrote (in Spanish for local audience)  with my colleagues Victor Gerding (Professor of Soil Sciences and Forest Nutrition) and Pablo Donoso (Professor of silviculture), both from Universidad Austral de Chile about the use of top-soil scarification as a tool to encourage the natural regeneration high-graded old-growth forests in Chile. link
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Daniel P. Soto,
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