Professor of Forestry and Hydrology
My research centers on the links between land use, streamflow and water quality. The primary motivation for this work is the protection of drinking water supplies and aquatic ecosystems in collaboration with local communities, water utilities, non-governmental organizations and state and federal agencies. Geographic information systems (GIS) and environmental monitoring data are frequently used to identify critical areas for conservation, restoration, and stormwater management. Other studies and long-term service projects focus on continuous improvement of forest conservation and watershed management programs in the northern U.S. and Canada.
Current Projects and Interests
- NASEM Review of New York City’s Watershed Protection Program (https://www8.nationalacademies.org/pa/projectview.aspx?key=49938)
- Understanding the hydrologic structure and function of forests and wetlands (http://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu:8080/exist/apps/datasets/showData.html?id=hf070)
- Boreal forests, indigenous ecological knowledge, Cree culture and lifeways (https://www.fivecolleges.edu/natam)
- Voices of Conservation and Sustainability (HONORS 391, Fall)
- Forest and Wetland Hydrology (NRC 528, Fall)
- Forests & People (NRC 225, Spring)
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) (in preparation) Review of the New York City Watershed Protection Program. National Academies Press, Washington, DC (May 2020)
Axthelm, C.M., and P.K. Barten (in preparation) Annual water balance analysis for a vernal pool in southern New England. Wetlands
Berton, R., P.K. Barten, J.L. Campbell, and C.T. Driscoll. (in preparation) Climate change and land use effects on streamflow discharge and timing. Journal of Hydrology
Vose, J.M., K.L. Martin, and P.K. Barten. 2016. Applications of Forest Hydrologic Science to Watershed Management in the 21st Century. Chapter 15 in Forest Hydrology: Processes, Management and Assessment, D. Amatya, T. Williams, L. Bren, and C. de Jong (Editors), CABI Publishers, London, UK, 294 pp. https://www.cabi.org/bookshop/book/9781780646602
S. Naeem, J. C. Ingram, A. Varga, T. Agardy, P. Barten, G. Bennett, E. Bloomgarden, L. L. Bremer, P. Burkill, M. Cattau, C. Ching, M. Colby, D. C. Cook, R. Costanza, F. DeClerck, C. Freund, T. Gartner, R. Goldman-Benner, J. Gunderson, D. Jarrett, A. P. Kinzig, A. Kiss, A. Koontz, P. Kumar, J. R. Lasky, M. Masozera, D. Meyers, F. Milano, L. Naughton-Treves, E. Nichols, L. Olander, P. Olmsted, E. Perge, C. Perrings, S. Polasky, J. Potent, C. Prager, F. Quétier, K. Redford, K. Saterson†, G. Thoumi, M. T. Vargas, S. Vickerman, W. Weisser, D. Wilkie, S. Wunder. 2015. Getting the science right when paying for nature’s services. Science347(6227):1206-1207 http://www.sciencemag.org/content/347/6227/1206.summary?sid=66b2b6b6-515a-4701-ada1-28a940396ffe
Barten, P.K., C. Nicolson, W.R. VanDoren. 2013. Land cover, water resources, and prioritizing parcels. Pages 31-39 in “Natural Infrastructure: Investing in Forested Landscapes for Source Water Protection.” Gartner, T., J. Mulligan, R. Schmidt, and J. Gunn (Editors), World Resources Institute, Washington, DC, 140 pp. http://www.wri.org/publication/natural-infrastructure
Barten, P.K. [chairman and principal author], M. Ashton, J. Boyce, R.T. Brooks, J. Buonaccorsi, J. Campbell, S. DeStefano, S. Jackson, M. Kelty, D. King, C.H. Sham, J. Tobiason, and M. Tyrrell. 2012. Review of Massachusetts DWSP Watershed Forestry Program, Massachusetts DCR Division of Water Supply Protection Science and Technical Advisory Committee, 77 pages. (journal article, in prep.) http://www.mass.gov/dcr/news/publicmeetings/materials/watershed/stacfinalreport11_2012.pdf
Barten, P.K. and W.R. Van Doren. 2012. Wood Availability for UMass Amherst Central Heating Plant Fuel Oil Replacement Project. Dept. of Environ. Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 61 pages.
Brooks, K.N., P.F. Ffolliott, D.P. Guertin, Shiang-Yue Lu, J.L. Nieber, and S.R. Predmore, and P.K. Barten. Multiple resource models for peatland-upland forests of the northern Lake States. 2011. Chapter 15 in Peatland Biogeochemistry and Watershed Hydrology at the Marcell Experimental Forest. R. Kolka, S. Sebestyen, E.S. Verry, and K.N. Brooks (Editors), Taylor & Francis Group, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, and London, UK. https://www.crcpress.com/Peatland-Biogeochemistry-and-Watershed-Hydrology-at-the-Marcell-Experimental/Kolka-Sebestyen-Verry-Brooks/p/book/9781138074903
Zhang, Y., R. Sugumaran, M. McBroom, J. DeGroote, R.C. Kauten, and P.K. Barten. 2011. Web-based Spatial Decision Support System and Watershed Management with a Case Study. Intl. Journal of Geosciences (2):195-203.
Barten, P.K., and C.E. Ernst. 2010. Land Conservation and Watershed Management for Source Protection. Chapter 24 in Sustainable Water Resources: A Compendium of Issues and Trends. , Frederick Bloetscher (Editor), American Water Works Association, Denver, CO, pages 255-274. https://awwa.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/j.1551-8833.2004.tb10603.x
de la Crétaz, A.L., L.S. Fletcher, P.E. Gregory, W.R. VanDoren, and P.K. Barten. 2010. An Assessment of the Forest Resources of Massachusetts. University of Massachusetts Amherst and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, 274 pp. [Project Leader] https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/08/qi/assessment-of-forest-resources.pdf
Zhang, Y., and P.K. Barten, 2009. Watershed Forest Management Information System (WFMIS). Environmental Modelling & Software (24):569-575.
Barten, P.K. 2009. Från skogen till kronen: Staden New Yorks vattenförsörjning. [From the Forest to Faucet: A Case Study of New York City’s Water Supply System] Abstract in Ekosystemtjänster – ett verltyg för hållbar utveckling, Sven-Erik Magnusson and Alexandra Odevall (Editors), Proceedings of Ecosystem Services-A Tool for Sustainable Development, Kristianstads Vattenrike and Krinova Science Park, Kristianstad, Sweden. June 11, 2009, pages 9-10.
Barnes, M.C., A.H. Todd, R. Whitney, and P.K. Barten. 2009. Forests, Water and People: Drinking Water and Forest Lands in the Northeast and Midwest United States. US Forest Service, Newtown Square, PA, NA-FR-01-08. https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/15257
Zhang, Y., R. Sugumaran, P. K. Barten, and R. Kauten, 2009. Web-WMPI: a Web-based Watershed Management Spatial Decision Support System. Environmental Management
Kelty, M., A. D’Amato, and P.K. Barten., 2008. Silvicultural and environmental considerations for forest biomass harvesting in Massachusetts. Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources, Boston, 65 pp.
National Research Council., 2008. Hydrologic Effects of a Changing Forest Landscape. Water Science and Technology Board, National Academies Press, Washington, DC., 180 pp. https://www.nap.edu/catalog/12223/hydrologic-effects-of-a-changing-forest-landscape
Avril L. de la Crétaz and Paul K. Barten., 2007. Land Use Effects on Streamflow and Water Quality in the Northeastern United States. CRC Press-Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, Florida and London, 319 pp. https://www.crcpress.com/Land-Use-Effects-on-Streamflow-and-Water-Quality-in-the-Northeastern-United/de-la-Cretaz-Barten/p/book/9780367389031
National Research Council., 2004. Atlantic Salmon in Maine. Environmental Studies and Toxicology and Ocean Science Boards, National Academies Press, Washington, 275 pp. https://www.nap.edu/catalog/10892/atlantic-salmon-in-maine
Platt, R.H., P.K. Barten, and M.J. Pfeffer., 2003. New York protège ses sources rurales pour fournir de l’eau potable à ses habitants. [New York City protects rural sources of potable water for its residents]. LaRevueDurable 7: 38-41 [The Sustainability Journal], Fribourg, Switzerland.
National Research Council., 2002. Genetic Status of Atlantic Salmon in Maine. Environmental Studies and Toxicology and Ocean Science Boards, National Academies Press, Washington, 62 pp. https://www.nap.edu/catalog/10273/genetic-status-of-atlantic-salmon-in-maine-interim-report-from
Barten, P.K., D. Damery, P. Catanzaro, J. Fish, S. Campbell, A. Fabos, and L. Fish. 2001. Massachusetts Family Forests: Birth of a landowner cooperative. Journal of Forestry 99(3):23-30*
Platt, R.H., P.K. Barten, and M.J. Pfeffer., 2000. A full, clean glass? Managing New York City’s watersheds. Environment 42(5):8-20.
National Research Council., 2000. Watershed Management for Potable Water Supply: Assessing New York City’s Approach. Water Science and Technology Board, National Academies Press, Washington, DC, 549 pp. https://www.nap.edu/catalog/9677/watershed-management-for-potable-water-supply-assessing-the-new-york
Fraser, R.H., P.K. Barten, and D.A.K. Pinney., 1998. Predicting stream pathogen loading from livestock using a GIS-based delivery model. Journal of Environ. Quality 27:935-945.
Barten, P.K., T. Kyker-Snowman, P.J. Lyons, T. Mahlstedt, R. O’Connor, and B.A. Spencer., 1998. Managing a watershed protection forest. Journal of Forestry 96(8):10-15
Rothrock. J.A., P.K. Barten, and G.L. Ingman., 1998. Land use, aquatic biointegrity, and management in the Blackfoot River watershed, Montana. Journal of the American Water Resources Assoc. 34(3):1-17.
Recent Graduate Students
Charlotte M. Axthelm, M.S. (Hydrology), 2019, Water, Wetlands, and Watersheds program
Anthony Damiano, M.S. (Hydrology), 2017, Water, Wetlands, and Watersheds program