Department of Forestry
Assistant Professor, Urban Forestry
480 Wilson Rd, Rm. 210B
East Lansing, MI 48824-1222
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
The Urban Forestry Stakeholder Survey is part of a current research project designed to investigate how urban forestry practitioners perceive their access to urban forestry research and related information.
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., Siegert, C.M., Levia, D.F., 2021. Comparisons of flux-based stemflow enrichment ratios for two Quercus spp. within the megalopolis of the eastern USA. Urban Ecosystems, 24 (4), 675-690. [DOI: 10.1007/s11252-020-01064-5] (Published online October 2020)
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]
Dowtin, A.L. and M.D. Hendricks. 2020. Grey, green, and brown for blue: Historical perspectives and future directors towards a hybrid approach for resilient stormwater management. American Water Resources Association IMPACT Magazine. (Access Here)
Merchant, C., Cooper, L., Brown, D., Dowtin, A.L., Richardson, R. 2020. Carbon accounting estimates for the Michigan State University Sustainable Wood Recovery Initiative. (Technical Report)
Extension Bulletins and Related Products
Dowtin, A.L., Carpenter, C., Hunt, I., Shaffer, J. 2020. The trees of Berkley, Michigan, USA: A guide for community residents. (Developed for City of Berkley, Michigan Department of Public Works. Access Here)
Workforce Development Programs
Tree Work 101: Getting Started in Arboriculture