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 4, 2014

Xi Sigma Pi Symposium, 10:30 am - 4:00pm, G002
For a detailed schedule, click the link above

Friday, April 11, 2014

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

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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Ann Maclean

Ann Maclean

PhD, Environmental Remote Sensing/Forestry, University of Wisconsin



Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

The use of remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS) technologies allows us, as resource managers, to make timely, efficient and cost-effective decisions. Additionally, we can conduct unique and otherwise infeasible, analytic tasks. Whether it is looking backward and trying to reconstruct historical vegetation landscapes or looking forward to determine where . . .

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Rodney A. Chimner

Rodney A. Chimner

PhD, Ecology, Colorado State University



Associate Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Michigan Tech is superbly located in an area of high wetland abundance and diversity, facilitating both research and instruction. The proximity and diversity of wetlands is what allows the Wetlands class (FW4220) to spend three hours a week in the lab portion of the class getting dirty, wet and obtaining hands . . .

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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.