As our human population continues to increase, forests and other natural resources are valued more for the serenity they provide, the organisms they support, and the products they produce.

The faculty and staff of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science are committed to educating students to create the future in the fields of forestry, forest ecology and management, applied ecology and environmental sciences, wildlife ecology and management, and molecular genetics and biotechnology. All of our degree programs heavily emphasize field and lab techniques, geographic information systems, and, computer and quantitative skills. We excel at bringing all our students together to work as a team in our complex natural world to answer the needs of society.

Michigan Biomaterials Initiative

In October, 2013, Michigan Technological University and the Michigan Society of American Foresters organized a Michigan Biomaterials Conference in hopes of bringing together a wide variety of players in the allocation, development, and distribution of goods and services created from Michigan's forest lands. Learn more about the Michigan Biomaterials Initiative.

Upcoming Events

Here is what's happening at the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science:

Friday, April 25, 2014

SFRES Forum, 3:00-4:00 pm, G002 - social will follow

Friday, May2, 2014

Social for Graduating Seniors, 4-5:30 pm, Atrium

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Commencement, 10:30 am, SDC Ice Arena

If you have an event to contribute to this section, please contact Hannah Abbotts.

SFRES Friday Forum Lectures

View the most recent School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science Friday Forum lecture material:

Blair Orr - January 31, 2014
All those years of unfocused research

To view presentations from earlier weeks visit the Research Opportunities page.

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Chandrashekhar P. Joshi

Chandrashekhar P. Joshi

PhD, Biochemistry, University of Poona, India


906-487-2738 (Biology)

Department Chair, Biological Sciences

I am a plant molecular biologist who is interested in understanding of how trees make cellulose. Simply put, cellulose is a chain of glucose molecules, and a large number of such cellulose chains weave together with other polymers to form plant cell walls. Cellulose biosynthesis is also one of the most . . .

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Evan S. Kane

Evan S. Kane

PhD, Interdisciplinary Forest Ecology, University of Alaska Fairbanks



Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

I am broadly interested in nutrient dynamics in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, particularly in "hotspots" of soil carbon storage. As such, research has focused on belowground changes in northern peatlands, boreal ecosystems, and temperate forests, and the corresponding changes in dissolved chemistry. Ecosystem change is a pretty relative concept, but study . . .

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Kathleen E. Halvorsen

Kathleen E. Halvorsen

PhD, Forest Resource Management, University of Washington



Professor of Natural Resource Policy

I have a joint appointment with the Department of Social Sciences and the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. As part of the Environmental and Energy Policy Graduate Program, I teach the Sociology of the Environment, which presents the societal dimensions of environmental concerns and natural resource management and Advanced Natural Resource Policy, which focuses on international forest . . .

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Spalting Research

Forestry Science PhD Candidate Seri Robinson examining the process of spalting wood.