Department of Forestry
Assistant Professor, Urban ForestryNatural Resources Building
480 Wilson Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48824
Asia Dowtin's research uses in situ sampling and laboratory-based techniques to quantify hydrologic and nutrient cycling in the urban forest. Her work explores the relationships that exist between urban canopy structure, spatial context, and plant-water interactions to broaden our understanding of the influence of species composition and surrounding land use on urban forest function.
A major goal of Dowtin's work is to utilize this knowledge to inform the development of urban forest management plans, specifically those intended to optimize yield of select regulating and supporting ecosystem services by municipal trees. Her broader research interests include regional water resource management and hazard mitigation.
- PhD in Geography, University of Delaware, 2018
- MS in Geography (Climatology), University of Delaware, 2012
- BS in Meteorology (minor in Mathematics), State University of New York College at Oneonta, 2009
20% Teaching | 30% Extension | 50% Research
- Hydrologic and nutrient cycling in urban forests
- Ecosystem services of the urban forest
- Urban forest planning and management
Dowtin, A.L. and D.F. Levia, 2018. The power of persistence. Science, 360(6393): 1142. [DOI: 10.1126/science.360.6393.1142]
Schooling, J.T., Levia, D.F., Carlyle-Moses, D.E., Dowtin, A.L., Brewer, S.E.; Donkor. K.K., Borden, S.A., Grzybowski, A.A. 2017. Tree size and flux-based stemflow enrichment ratios: a preliminary investigation of eleven urban park trees in British Columbia, Canada. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 29: 129-133. [DOI: 10.1016/j.ufug.2016.11.013]
Siegert, C.M., Levia, D.F., Hudson, S.A., Dowtin, A.L., Zhang, F. and Mitchell, M.J. 2016. Small-scale topographic variability influences tree species distribution and canopy throughfall partitioning in a temperate deciduous forest. Forest Ecology and Management, 359: 109-117. [DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco. 2015.09.028]