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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Amy Schrank

Amy Schrank

PhD, Department of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming



Research Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

My roles as teacher and researcher are closely linked. Science does not progress unless we continue to train students (both graduate and undergraduate) to become effective problem solvers and thoughtful world citizens, regardless of their future careers. I find that my enthusiasm for research in aquatic ecology is reinforced as I see . . .

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Tara L. Bal

PhD, Forest Science, Michigan Technological University



Research Assistant Professor

     My research, which focuses on forest health, and its biotic and abiotic influencing factors, helps provide scientific foundation for management policies and the ecological response to changes in forest health conditions.  Influencing factors I have studied include forest entomology, pathology, invasive species ecology, climate, nutrients, and anthropogenic  impacts.  Forest Health . . .

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Yinan Yuan

Yinan Yuan

PhD, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences



Research Assistant Professor

I am interested in deciphering the functional role of noncoding RNA (ncRNA) in gene regulation network governing forest tree growth and development. One significant class of such ncRNA is natural antisense transcripts (NATs) which share complimentary sequence with protein-coding genes. Recent studies in direct transcriptome sequencing (RNA-seq) and whole genome tiling . . .

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Spalting Research

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