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Thomas Worthley
Extension Educator Forest Sustainability
Department of Natural Resources & the Environment

University of Connecticut
U-4087, 1376 Storrs Road
Storrs, CT 06269-4087

Phone: (860) 345-5232


M.S. 1978 University of Maine; Silviculture
B.S. 1975 University of Maine; Natural Resource Management

Courses Taught

NRE 4475 Forest Management
NRE 2415 Dendrology
NRE 4000 Exurban Silviculture

Work experience

2013 - Present Associate Extension Professor, Department of Extension, University of Connecticut

2009 - 2013

Assistant Extension Professor, Department of Extension, University of Connecticut
1996 - 2009 Extension Educator, Department of Extension, University of Connecticut

1983 - 1996

Consulting Forester, Higganum, CT

1978 - 1983

Director of Forest Operations, Perma-Treat Corporation

Recent Publications (Peer Reviewed)

  • Ward, J.S., T.E. Worthley, T.J. Degnan, and J.P. Barsky. 2017. STORMWISE: Integrating arboriculture and silviculture to create storm resilient roadside forests P. 119-132 In Proceedings 20th Central Hardwood Conference, Kabrick, J.M. et al. (eds.). USDA Forest Service Gen. Technical Report NRS-P-167. 313p.
  • Nardi-Cyrus, N. and T. Worthley. 2015 Barriers to Using “Locally Grown” Material in Connecticut Wood Products Manufacturing. Journal of Extension.
  • Rutledge, C., M. Fierke, P. Careless, T. Worthley. 2013. First detection of Agrilus Planipennis in CT made by monitoring Cerceris fumipennis (Crabronidae) colonies. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 32:75-81
  • Ward, J.S., S.C. Williams, and T.E. Worthley. 2013. Comparing effectiveness and impacts of Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii DC) control treatments and herbivory on plant communities. Invasive Plant Science and Management 6:459-469.
  • Ward, J.S., S.C. Williams, and T.E. Worthley. 2013. Japanese barberry control methods reference guide for foresters and professional woodland managers. Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Special Bulletin - February 2013. 12p.
  • Ward, J.S., T.E. Worthley, J.P. Smallidge, and K. Bennett. 2013. Northeastern Forest Regeneration Handbook, revised. USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry. NA-TP-03-06. 59p.
  • Ward, J.S., S.C. Williams, and T.E. Worthley. 2011. Controlling Japanese barberry: alternative methods and impact on tick populations. P. 650-651 In Proceedings 17th Central Hardwood Conference. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report NRS-P-78. 678 p. [CD-ROM].
  • Ward, J.S., S.C. Williams, and T.E. Worthley. 2010. Effectiveness of two-stage control strategies for Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) varies by initial clump size. Invasive Plant Science and Management. 3:60–69.
  • Williams, S.C., J.S. Ward, T.E. Worthley, and K.C. Stafford. 2009 Managing Japanese barberry (Ranunculales: Berberidaceae) infestations reduces blacklegged tick (Acari: Ixodidae) abundance and infection prevalence with Borrelia burgdorferi (Spirochaetales: Spirochaetaceae). Environmental Entomology 38(4): 977-984.
  • Ward, J.S., T.E. Worthley, and S.C. Williams. 2009. Controlling Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii DC) in southern New England. Forest Ecology and Management 257: 561-566.


Honors and Awards

  • 2018. Ernest M. Gould Technology Transfer Award, Outreach/Public Engagement,  New England Society of American Foresters, Regional. (March 17, 2018). Nashua, NH.
  • 2017. Outstanding Urban Forestry Professional Award. CT Urban Forestry Council
  • 2013. (Team Member) USDA Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service Two-Chief’s National Award Natural Resource Stewardship.
  • 2012. Excellence in Conservation Award. CT Land Conservation Council. February, 2012.
  • 2011. (Team Member) “Keeping Forests as Forests” Stewardship Project Award of Appreciation. USDA Forest Service.
  • 2005. (Team Member) USDA Forest Service Chief’s National Natural Resource Stewardship Award. Forest Stewardship Spatial Analysis Project

Recent Major Grants (as Principle Investigator only)

  • October 2018. Assessing woodland owner interest in adaptive silviculture as a response to climate change.", Worthley, T., Morzillo, A. T., Fahey, R. T., $90,000.00
  • July 2017. Silvicultural Alternatives for Young Forest Habitats. NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant, $64,500
  • August 2014. Communication Technologies to Promote Producer Adoption of NRCS Conservation Programs. CT State Conservation Innovation Grant, $74,800
  • January 2014. 2014 CT Emerald Ash Borer Monitoring Project. USDA APHIS. $13,930.
  • September, 2013. USDA NRCS Forester Partner Planner Project. $64,000.
  • August, 2013. With J. Volin, "Stormwise:" An innovative approach to forest stewardship, public outreach and stakeholder collaboration at the landscape scale. USDA Forest Service, 2013 CARP Grant. $135,058.
  • January 2013. 2013 CT Emerald Ash Borer Monitoring Project. USDA APHIS. $27630.
  • January 2012. 2012 CT Emerald Ash Borer Monitoring Project. USDA APHIS. $39,500.
  • September 2011. With J. Volin, S. Swallow, J. Berning. Feasibility of a local wood products network for rural lands in urbanizing regions: A pilot study in Southern New England. USDA NIFA, AFRI Seed Grant. $150,000.
  • Also participating in numerous additional extramurally funded projects as Co-PI.
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4087
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4087
Phone: 860-486-2840