David Moore

David Moore, NRESS Ph.D. student

Syrup Production

David’s research focuses on three aspects of syrup production. The first is to improve the efficiency of maple and birch syrup production by investigating methods of increasing sap yields while minimizing the wounding caused by tapping. The second is to determine how environmental variables associated with climate change (such as drought) affect syrup production. The third is to determine if sap can be harvested, and if syrup can be produced, from trees other than maples, birches, and walnuts. Though these research questions are very applied in nature, an in-depth understanding of plant anatomy and physiology is required to answer them. As such, he also hopes to contribute answers to basic science questions pertaining to winter-dormant-season sap flow dynamics in deciduous, woody angiosperms that occur in the northeast. Mechanisms other than transpiration drive sap flow in deciduous, woody angiosperms during the winter-dormant period, when these trees are leafless. Heat-pulse sap flow sensors are the primary tool he is using to answer these questions. Prior to graduate school, David ran a successful birch syruping operation, The Crooked Chimney, in Lee, New Hampshire, and his research is informed by his experiences in the sugaring industry.

Selected Presentations

Syrup production:

  • New York State Maple Conference (Verona, NY, January 6, 2012)
  • Durham Great Bay Rotary Club (Durham, NH, May 21, 2014)
  • Greater Seacoast Permaculture Group (Madbury, NH, February 16, 2014)
  • New Hampshire Maple School (Tilton, NH, October 18, 2014)
  • League of New Hampshire Craftsmen (Laconia, NH, August 8, 2015)
  • The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University Tree Mob (Boston, MA, May 30, 2017)
  • University of New Hampshire Department of Natural Resources and the Environment Seminar Series (Durham, NH, February 5, 2019)
  • Durham Garden Club (Durham, NH, October 19, 2019)
  • XI International Workshop on Sap Flow (Hyytiälä, Finland, October 9, 2019)

Turfgrass performance and Solvita® soil test kits:

  • University of Connecticut College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources Graduate Student Research Forum (Storrs, CT, March 5, 2016)
  • University of Connecticut College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources Graduate Student Research Forum (Storrs, CT, March 25, 2017)

Selected Publications

  • Moore, D.B., K. Guillard, X. Geng, T.F. Morris, and W.B. Brinton. 2019. Predicting cool-season turfgrass response with Solvita soil tests, Part 1: Labile amino-nitrogen concentrations. Crop Sci. 59:1779–1788. doi:10.2135/cropsci2018.11.0706

  • Moore, D.B., K. Guillard, X. Geng, T.F. Morris, and W.F. Brinton. 2019. Correlations between two alkali extractable amino-nitrogen tests and response to organic fertilizer in turfgrass soils. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 83:791–799. doi:10.2136/sssaj2018.10.0371

  • Moore, D.B., K. Guillard, T.F. Morris, and W.F. Brinton (in press). 2019. Predicting cool-season turfgrass response with Solvita soil tests, part 2: CO2–Burst concentrations. Crop Sci. 59:2237-2248. doi:10.2135/cropsci2018.11.0706

  • Moore, D.B., K. Guillard, T.F. Morris, and W.F. Brinton. 2019. Correlation between Solvita Labile Amino-Nitrogen and CO2-Burst soil health tests and response to organic fertilizer in a turfgrass soil. Commun. Soil Sci. Plan. 50:2948-2959. doi:10.1080/00103624.2019.1689258

Related Links

The Crooked Chimney

Education

  • B.S., University of New Hampshire, 2010
  • M.S., University of Connecticut, 2018

Professional Positions

  • Short Cuts Tree Service (Manchester, CT, July 2015 to July 2017)
  • Bradford Equestrian Center (Haverhill, MA, January 2015 to February 2015)
  • Shady Hill Greenhouses and Nursery (Londonderry, NH, May 2014 to December 2014)
  • Sanborn Mills Farm (Loudon, NH, June 2009 to August 2013)
  • The Crooked Chimney (Lee, NH, July 2009 to May 2015)
  • Charmingfare Farm (Candia, NH, November 2012 to January 2014)
  • University of New Hampshire Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center (Durham, NH, May 2008 to September 2008)
  • University of New Hampshire Organic Dairy Research Farm (Lee, NH, January 2008 to March 2011)
  • Pawtuckaway Nursery Corporation (Lee, NH, September 2007 to December 2008)
  • River Berry Farm (Fairfax, VT, September 2006 to November 2006)
  • Willow Pond Nursery (Merrimack, NH, April 2006 to August 2007)