Joseph P. Barsky

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Department of Forestry and Horticulture
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
123 Huntington Street
P.O. Box 1106
New Haven, CT 06504-1106
Voice: (203) 974-8540 Fax: (203) 974-8502


J.P. provides technical support for the forest research and tree physiology programs in the Department of Forestry and Horticulture and serves as safety officer. He also provides on-call assistance to other CAES Departments. His abilities include:

  • forest management practices and inventory procedures
  • vegetation identification and assessment
  • small mammal trapping
  • insect capture
  • invasive plant control
  • urban tree physiology
  • instrumentation and laboratory procedures
  • soil analysis
  • public outreach

Specific research projects he has been involved with include:
  • crop-tree release,
  • forests for the birds,
  • stand rehabilitation,
  • prescribed burning,
  • long term forest monitoring,
  • invasive plant control,
  • community-based Lyme disease prevention programs,
  • physiological responses of urban trees to biotic and abiotic stress

Affiliations & Certifications:

The Society of American Foresters 1996-Present

Connecticut Tree Protective Association, 2015-Present

Sleeping Giant State Park Association, 2018-Present

State of Connecticut Certified Forester #F-180

Certified Pesticide Applicator #G-25668

Safe Boating Certificate #P134420AO

Game of Logging (Levels I-IV)

Electrical Hazards Awareness Program

Station career:

Agricultural Research Technician II 2014-present

Agricultural Research Technician I 2001-2014

Agricultural Research Assistant III 1999-2001

Agricultural Research Assistant II 1997-1999


Pre-Station Career:

Forester, Forest Inventory and Analysis Unit, USDA-FS, Newtown Square, PA 1997

Lead Forestry Technician, White River National Forest, USDA-FS, Rifle, CO 1996


B.S. University of Maine, Orono (1995)

Selected Recent Presentations:
“Live capture of small rodents…and occasionally other critters”, to upper-class students at Lyman Hall Memorial High School, Wallingford (March 04, 2011)

“Forest measurements” to upper-class students from Co-Op High School, New Haven (October 26, 2010)

“Trees, forests, and you!” to 2nd grade students from Mile Creek Elementary School, Lyme (October 18, 2010)

“Inventory procedures for forest understory species” to Candlewood Lake Education and Research (Project Clear) students, New Milford (June 24, 2010)

“How trees grow”, to 4th grade students as part of the Southington School System Nature Day, Southington (June 3, 2010)

“Safe usage of flame weeding equipment” during a technical workshop on “Flame weeding to control invasive plants” Griswold (May 26, 2010)

“Overview of forestry and wildlife research” to students from Common Ground High School, New Haven (May 10, 2010)

“Career opportunities in natural resources and environmental sciences”, sponsored by the New Haven Public Schools, New Haven (March 25, 2010)

“Why are trees important?” to kindergarten students from Bear Path Elementary School, Hamden (October 23, 2009)