Jamie Duberstein

Research Assistant Professor
Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department, Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science

Office: Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology
Phone: 706-410-6722
Email: JDUBERS@clemson.edu
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 Educational Background

Ph.D Forestry
Clemson University 2011

M.S. Interdisciplinary Ecology
University of Florida 2004

B.S. Wildlife Management, Biology
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point 1998

 Research Interests

Dr. Duberstein investigates relationships between vegetative communities, microtopography, hydrology, soils, and wildlife in tidal freshwater and oligohaline marshes, tidal freshwater forested wetlands, and non-tidal forested wetlands. Much of his work is done to further the state of knowledge of the impacts of global climate change, regional weather patterns, and human-induced hydrology changes to wetland systems. The most common methods used to collect data include harvesting and sorting marsh grass samples, non-destructive woody vegetation surveys, tree growth measurements using dendrometer bands, deploying and downloading autonomous water quality and quantity loggers, hummock and hollow percent cover estimates with occupancy surveys, and measurements of tree sap flow rates. These data are used to discern relationships between vegetation communities and the environmental drivers of interest, determine the effects of management on wetland function and carbon sequestration, and model stand water use of forested areas under differing community compositions and/or environmental stresses.


Duberstein JA, Krauss KW (2016) Forested Wetland Habitat. In: Kennish MJ (ed) Encyclopedia of Estuaries. Springer.

Krauss KW, Duberstein JA, Cormier N, Young HS, Hathaway SA (2015 available online) Proximity to encroaching coconut palm limits native forest water use and persistence on a Pacific atoll. Ecohydrology.

Krauss KW, Duberstein JA, Conner WH (2015) Assessing stand water use in four coastal wetland forests using sapflow techniques: annual estimates, errors and associated uncertainties. Hydrological Processes 29: 112-127.

Conner WH, Duberstein JA, Day JW Jr, Hutchinson S (2014) Impacts of changing hydrology and hurricanes on forest structure and growth along a flooding/elevation gradient in a south Louisiana forested wetland from 1986 to 2009. Wetlands 34: 803-814.

Duberstein JA, Conner WH, Krauss KW (2014) Woody vegetation communities of tidal freshwater swamps in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida (US) with comparisons to similar systems in the US and South America. Journal of Vegetation Science 25: 848-862.

Duberstein JA, Krauss KW, Conner WH, Bridges Jr. WC, Shelburne VB (2013) Do hummocks provide a physiological advantage to even the most flood tolerant of tidal freshwater trees? Wetlands 33: 399-408.

Krauss KW, Duberstein JA (2010) Sapflow and water use of freshwater wetland trees exposed to saltwater incursion in a tidally influenced South Carolina watershed. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 40: 525-535.

Duberstein JA, Krauss KW, Conner WH (2010) Physiological and growth differences of mature baldcypress trees in relation to salinity in “freshwater” tidal swamps undergoing persistent drought. Southeastern Biology 57: 314.

Krauss KW, Doyle TW, Conner WH, Duberstein JA (2009) Research insight from tidal freshwater forested wetlands. Wetland Science and Practice 26: 18-21.

Krauss KW, Duberstein JA, Doyle TW, Conner WH, Day RH, Inabinette LW, Whitbeck JL (2009) Site condition, structure, and growth of baldcypress along tidal/non-tidal salinity gradients. Wetlands 29: 505-519.

Duberstein JA, Conner WM (2009) Use of hummocks and hollows by trees in tidal freshwater forested wetlands along the Savannah River. Forest Ecology and Management 258: 1613-1618.