Faculty and Staff Directory

Hannah Abbotts

Hannah Abbotts

  • Content Manager

Tara L. Bal

  • Research Assistant Professor, SFRES
  • Master of Forestry Degree Program Director
Noblet Building 128

Teaching Interests

  • Insect Ecology
  • Field Techniques
  • Vegetation
  • Maple Syrup Culture & Management
  • Natural Resources Communication
  • Forest Health and Pathology

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest Health Management and Monitoring
  • Earthworm Invasion Ecology
  • Wood Decay Testing
  • Insect, Fungi, and Environmental Education
  • Wild Foods
Marjorie Banovetz

Marjorie Banovetz

  • Administrative Aide, SFRES
Noblet Building 129

William S. Breffle

  • Associate Professor of Economics, School of Business and Economics
  • Affiliate Professor, SFRES
Academic Office Building G019

Teaching Interests

  • Environmental economics
  • Natural resource economics
  • International economics
  • Mathematical economics
  • Principles of economics

Research Interests

  • Non-market valuation
  • Discrete choice modeling
  • Benefit-cost analysis
  • Restoration program planning
  • Health economics
Andrew Burton
"Every day in the woods is a good day - don't get so caught up in the work at hand that you forget to look around and appreciate where you are."

Andrew J. Burton

  • Professor, SFRES
  • Director, Ecosystem Science Center
Noblet Building 174

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest responses to global change factors
  • Belowground processes
  • Carbon and nutrient cycling
  • Physiological ecology of tree roots
  • Undergraduate involvement in research
Trish Burton

Trish Burton

  • Secretary 4, SFRES
Noblet Building G015
Victor Busov
"I consider myself extremely fortunate to live in a time when genome revolution in many areas of biology is enabling unprecedented depth into our understanding of life."

Victor Busov

  • Professor, SFRES
Horner Hall 185

Areas of Expertise

  • Functional genomics of plant development
  • Gibberellins metabolism and signal transduction pathway
  • Regulation of lateral root formation in relation to abiotic stress
  • Regulation and evolution of secondary growth in woody perennials
  • Micro and small RNAs regulation of development and response to environment
Molly Cavaleri
"The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more."
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Molly A. Cavaleri

  • Associate Professor, SFRES
Noblet Building 162

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest canopy structure and function
  • Forest response to global change
  • Carbon and water cycling through forests
  • Tree ecophysiology
  • Stable isotope ecology
  • Invasive tree species
Rodney Chimner
"We are what we imagine ourselves to be."
—Kurt Vonnegut, Jr

Rodney A. Chimner

  • Professor, SFRES

Areas of Expertise

  • Peatland and wetland restoration
  • Peatland and wetland carbon cycling
  • Mountain wetlands
  • Tropical peatlands
  • Ecosystem carbon cycling
  • Wetland ecohydrology

Stacy Cotey

  • Advisor, Undergraduate Students
  • Instructor
Noblet Building 120

  Areas of Interest  

Student success

Scheduling, degree planning

Landscape ecology

Wildlife-habitat relationships

Watershed management

Zhaohua Dai

  • Research Assistant Professor, SFRES

Yvette Dickinson

  • Assistant Professor, SFRES
Noblet Building 170

Links of Interest


  • Silviculture and applied forest ecology
  • Stand- and landscape-scale forest structure
  • Restoration silviculture

Paul V. Doskey

  • Professor, SFRES
  • Director, Microanalytical Facility (MAF)
  • Director, Molecular Biogeochemistry Laboratory (MBL)
Noblet Building 113

Research Interests

  • Environmental Biogeochemistry
  • Biogeochemistry of Surface-Atmosphere Exchange
  • Atmospheric Organic Chemistry
  • Environmental Analytical Chemistry

Curtis Edson

  • Assistant Professor, SFRES
  • Remote Sensing
  • Geospatial Information Science
Horner Hall (Forestry) 184

Areas of Expertise

  • Remote Sensing
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Surveying and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)
  • Aerial Photogrammetry
  • Cartography
  • Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR)
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
Jennifer Eikenberry

Jennifer Eikenberry

  • Assistant Research Scientist, SFRES
Noblet Building 165

Areas of Expertise

  • Stable isotopes
  • Forest ecology
  • Mass spectrometry
Joe Eskola

Joe Eskola

  • Research Associate, SFRES
Noblet Building 111

Areas of Expertise

  • Wood protection
David Flaspohler
"Hope is the thing with feathers. That perches in the soul."
—Emily Dickinson

David J. Flaspohler

  • Professor, SFRES
Noblet Building 115

Areas of Expertise

  • Conservation biology
  • Avian ecology and reproduction
  • Cascading effects of deer overbrowse
  • Island ecology
John Forsman

John Forsman

  • Assistant Research Scientist, SFRES
Noblet Building 183

Areas of Expertise

  • Wood composites
Erin Froese
"Philanthropy is not about the money. It’s about using whatever resources you have at your fingertips and applying them to improving the world."
—Melinda Gates

Erin Froese

  • Director of Advancement, SFRES
  • Alumni engagement & donor outreach
Noblet Building 127

Areas of interest

Alumni connections 

Mentorship programs that connect alumni with students

Philanthropy and how alumni can give back to the next generation

Robert Froese
"If you can't measure it, then you can't manage it."

Robert E. Froese

  • Associate Professor, SFRES
  • Coordinator of Forest Planning and Research, Ford Center and Forest
Noblet Building 175


  • Registered Professional Forester, Association of BC Forest Professionals
  • Certified Forester, Society of American Foresters
  • Registered Forester, State of Michigan, Board of Foresters


Areas of Expertise

  • Forest Inventory, Mensuration, and Biometrics
  • Silviculture, Quantitative Silviculture, and Growth & Yield
  • Empirical, process and hybrid forest modelling
  • Biomass and Carbon Inventory, Management, and Life Cycle Assessment

Kathleen E. Halvorsen

  • Professor of Natural Resource Policy, SFRES
  • Joint Appointment in Social Sciences and SFRES

Areas of Expertise

  • Woody bioenergy
  • Climate change
  • Natural resource policy
  • Biodiversity policy
  • Bioenergy policy
Katherine Heckman

Katherine Heckman

  • Research Biological Scientist, USDA Forest Service
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, SFRES
906-482-6303 X13
Forest Service Building

Areas of Expertise

Soil organic matter stabilization, characterization and cycling

Radiocarbon analysis and application

Soil mineralogy, organo-mineral interactions

Ryan Heiderman

Ryan Heiderman

  • Research Technician
Sarah Hoy

Sarah Hoy

  • Post Doc Research Fellow, SFRES
Noblet Building 188


  • Predator-prey interactions
  • Animal ecology and conservation
  • Population biology
  • Life-history trade-offs
John Hribljan

John Hribljan

  • Post Doc Research Fellow, SFRES
Noblet Building
Mike Hyslop
"A good map tells a multitude of little white lies; it suppresses truth to help the user see what needs to be seen. ...the value of a map depends on how well its content reflects a chosen aspect of reality."
—Mark Monmonier

Mike Hyslop

  • Principal Lecturer, SFRES
  • Master of Geographic Information Science Degree Program Director
Noblet Building 140A

Areas of Expertise

  • Geographic information systems
  • Cartography
  • Global positioning systems
  • Great Lakes Quaternary (glacial) geomorphology
Jerry Jondreau
"The plants and animals are our original teachers. We need more students in their classrooms."
—Jerry Jondreau

Jerry Jondreau

  • Director of Recruiting, SFRES
  • Prospective students, youth outreach
Noblet 133

Areas of interest

Ojibwe language, culture, knowledge, and perspectives

Linkages between human and environmental health

Diversity and inclusivity within the natural resource profession

Environmental justice and policy

Chandrashekhar Joshi
"Cellulose is the fiber of human civilization."

Chandrashekhar P. Joshi

  • Department Chair and Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Affiliated Professor, SFRES

Areas of Expertise: Biology and Forestry

  • Cellulose and lignin biosynthesis in trees
  • Wood formation
  • Tree growth and development
  • Engineering trees
  • Forest bioinformatics
Martin Jurgensen
"Soil is the basis of all terrestrial life."

Martin F. Jurgensen

  • Research Professor, SFRES
Noblet Building 137

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest soil productivity, management and sustainability
  • Global climate change impact on soil biology
  • Organic matter decomposition and ecosystem nutrient cycling
Evan Kane
"If trees could run away from their place of establishment, believe me many of them probably would!"

Evan S. Kane

  • Associate Professor, SFRES
Forest Service Building 123

Areas of Expertise

  • Soil carbon
  • Plant/soil relationships
  • Decomposition
  • Dissolved organic carbon
  • Wildfire
  • Black carbon
Cindy Kela

Cindy Kela

  • Custodian

Matthew C. Kelly

  • Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Management, SFRES
Noblet 178

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest operations
  • Forest and natural resource management
  • Human dimensions of natural resources
  • Watershed management
  • Natural resources policy
Erik Keranen

Erik Keranen

  • Assistant Research Scientist, SFRES
Noblet Building 111

Areas of Expertise

  • Wood protection
James Klapperich

James Klapperich

  • Research Associate

Areas of Expertise

  • Soil Science Laboratory Techniques
  • Soil Carbon
  • FTIR Analysis
Shawn Klomparens

Shawn Klomparens

  • Web Developer for the Forest Service NRS
Peter Laks
"Wood is good!"

Peter Laks

  • Research Professor, SFRES

Areas of Expertise

  • Fungal and insect resistance of wood-based composites
  • Preservative systems for solid and composite wood building products
  • Nanoparticle wood preservative systems
  • Field-testing of wood products for biodegradation resistance

Nancy Langston

  • Professor of Environmental History, Social Sciences
  • Member of the Great Lakes Research Center
  • Affiliated Professor, SFRES

Areas of Interest

  • Toxics, forested watersheds, and northern lakes
  • Environmental history
  • Watershed change and water quality
  • Mining history
Glenn Larkin

Glenn Larkin

  • Senior Research Scientist I, SFRES
Noblet Building 117

Areas of Expertise

  • Wood protection and composites
  • Forest natural products
Robert Laverne
"We are, in actuality, students of that greater order known as nature. It is into nature that man vanishes."
—Loren Eiseley
Patricia Leopold

Patricia Leopold

  • Research Scientist I

Areas of Expertise

  • ecosystem response to climate change
  • climate change adaptation and management strategies
  • outreach and technical transfer of climate change tools and resources
Erik Lilleskov
"Change is the norm in ecosystems. What is new is the rate of change. How we respond to this change will be our legacy to future generations."

Erik Lilleskov

  • Adjunct Professor, SFRES

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest ecology
  • Ecosystems ecology
  • Physiological ecology
  • Community ecology
  • Fungal ecology
  • Mycorrhizal fungi
  • Molecular ecology
  • Soil ecology
  • Global environmental change impacts on forest ecosystems
  • Invasive species impacts
  • Biogeography of invasive soil organisms
Fengjing Liu
"Water is the new oil: a resource long squandered and soon to be overwhelmed by insatiable demand."
—The Economist

Fengjing Liu

  • Associate Professor, SFRES
Noblet 171

Areas of Expertise

  • Ecohydrology in forests
  • Watershed hydrology in montane and lake-dominated catchments
  • Biogeochemistry in snow-dominated, agricultural and forested catchments
  • Numerical modeling in watershed hydrology
  • Forensic hydrology with natural geochemical and isotopic tracers
Andrea Longhini

Andrea Longhini

  • Administrative Assoc., SFRES
Noblet Building 123
Ann Maclean
"The practical application of knowledge is what moves us forward."

Ann Maclean

  • Professor, SFRES
Noblet Building 189

Areas of Expertise

  • Remote sensing
  • Digital image processing
  • Geographic information systems
  • Spatial modeling
Kailey Marcinkowski

Kailey Marcinkowski

  • Research Scientist
906-482-6303 ext. 16
Forest Service Building


  • High-elevation forest ecosystems
  • Dendrochronology
  • Climate change impacts and adaptation
  • Science outreach and communication
Laura Mattila

Laura Mattila

  • Office Assistant, SFRES

Audrey L. Mayer

  • Associate Professor of Ecology and Environmental Policy, SFRES
  • Coordinator, Peace Corps Masters International Program in Forestry

Areas of Expertise

  • Landscape ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
  • Sustainability science
Chris Miller

Chris Miller

  • Soils Lab/Greenhouse Manager
  • Instructor
Noblet 134

Teaching Interests


Wildland Fire

Soil Science


Ecological effects of wildland fire

Soil bulk density

Wood decay data analysis


Nam Noh

Nam Jin Noh

  • Post Doc Research Fellow, SFRES
Cell: 906-370-2255
Noblet Building G026

Areas of Expertise

  • Synthesizing the EAB impacts on biogeochemical cycles in black ash wetlands
  • Forest carbon and nitrogen cycles
  • Belowground carbon and nitrogen dynamics
  • Ecosystem responses to climate change and managements
  • Plant and soil interaction
  • Wood debris dynamics
Blair Orr
"That one little mushroom won't hurt me..."
—Anonymous mushroom collector

Blair Orr

  • Professor, SFRES
Noblet Building 145A

Areas of Expertise

  • Community Economics
  • Forest economics
  • Land use in the Upper Peninsula
  • Ethnobotany
Rolf Peterson
"The challenge of wild carnivore restoration."

Rolf O. Peterson

  • Research Professor, SFRES
Noblet Building 173

Areas of Expertise

  • Mammalian ecology
  • Predator-prey relationships
  • Ecology and behavior of gray wolves
Duane Puuri

Duane Puuri

  • Building Mechanic II
Sigrid Resh
"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in."
—Rachel Carson (1907-1964)

Sigrid Resh

  • Research Assistant Professor, SFRES
  • Coordinator, Keweenaw Invasive Species Management Area
Noblet Building 116

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest carbon dynamics
  • Soil sustainability
  • Invasive species education/outreach, control, and research
Dana Richter
"The careful observation of nature is the first step in caring for the earth."

Dana L. Richter

  • Research Scientist II, SFRES
Noblet Building 112

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest mycology, pathology, fungal ecology
  • Tree and forest disease diagnosis and assessment
  • Wood decay & mold/stain testing
  • Mycorrhizae, plants and mushrooms

Robert Ross

  • Research Professor, SFRES
USDA Forest Products Laboratory

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest Biomaterials
  • Nondestructive Evaluation
  • Structural Condition Assessment

Mark Rudnicki

  • Professor of Practice in Forest Biomaterials, SFRES
Noblet Building 168

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest Biomaterials
  • Tree biomechanics
  • Wind and trees
  • Dendrochronology
  • Extension and Outreach
Jennifer Sanders

Jennifer Sanders

  • Biotech and Genomics Lab Manager, SFRES
James Schmierer
"Useful concepts must be placed in context and rendered operational."

James M. Schmierer

  • Forester/Instructor, SFRES
Noblet Building 130

Areas of Expertise

  • Management and silviculture of northern hardwoods and boreal forests
  • Timber harvesting and site preparation effects on forest regeneration
  • Forest recreational development and management
Kristen Schmitt

Kristen Schmitt

  • Research Scientist I

Areas of Expertise

  • Ecosystem response to climate change
  • Climate change adaptation in natural resource management
  • Science synthesis and communication
Danielle Shannon

Danielle Shannon

  • Climate Change Specialist
  • Research Scientist II
906-482-6303 ext. 25
Forest Service Building 133
Joseph Shannon

Joseph Shannon

  • Research Scientist, SFRES
Noblet Building G025

Terry Sharik

  • Dean, SFRES
  • Robbins Chair in Sustainable Resources

Areas of Interest/Study

  • Academic leadership in natural resources
  • Educational reform in natural resources
  • Trends in natural resource enrollments
  • Regeneration ecology of forests

Andrew J. Storer

  • Professor, SFRES
  • Associate Dean, SFRES
Noblet Building 120

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest insect ecology
  • Insect/fungus/plant interactions in forest ecosystems
  • Impacts of exotic species on forest ecosystems
  • Interactions among fire, insects and disease in forests
  • Urban forest health

Christopher W. Swanston

  • Research Ecologist, SFRES
  • Adjunct Professor, SFRES
  • Director, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Soil organic carbon stabilization and cycling
  • Radiocarbon analysis and interpretation
  • Forest response and adaptation to climate change
  • Landscape scale conservation
Ramesh Thakur

Ramesh Thakur

  • Research Scientist II, SFRES
Noblet Building 182


  • Forest tree improvement and genetic resources
  • Plant biotechnology and tissue culturing
  • Air pollution and climate change
Ken Vrana

Ken Vrana

  • Director, Ford Center, SFRES
  • Director, Isle Royale Institute
  • Professor of Practice, SFRES
906-487-4384 (Ford Center)
906-487-4335 (Noblet Building 132)

John A. Vucetich

  • Professor, SFRES
Noblet Building 186

Areas of Expertise

  • Demographic and genetic elements of population biology
  • Ecology of wolves and moose
  • Environmental ethics
Leah Vucetich
"Whether working with students in the lab, field or classroom, nothing beats seeing the spark of understanding ignite a passion for learning."

Leah M. Vucetich

  • Research Assistant Professor, SFRES
Noblet Building 188

Areas of Expertise

  • Isle Royale wolf genetics
  • Field research methods
Larry Walker

Larry Walker

  • Research Assistant, SFRES
Christopher Webster
"Maintaining balance and stability in natural systems requires embracing their underlying chaos."

Christopher R. Webster

  • Professor, SFRES
Noblet Building 166

Areas of Expertise

  • Gap dynamics and disturbance ecology
  • Invasion biology of exotic species
  • Landscape ecology
  • Plant community response to herbivory
  • Restoration silviculture
  • Wildlife habitat relationships
Hairong Wei
"We are doing excellent job in describing how an individual gene functions, but not how life functions. Systems biology is to fill this gap."

Hairong Wei

  • Associate Professor, SFRES
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Mathematical Sciences
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Computer Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Identification of genes regulating complex traits via systems biology approaches
  • Gene expression data analysis
  • Gene network construction and decomposition
  • Developing software for mining large-scale biological data
  • Genomics of wood formation
Joseph Weingarten

Joseph Weingarten

  • Custodian
Phyllis Williamson

Phyllis Williamson

  • Administrator of Services, SFRES
Noblet Building 125

Xinfeng Xie

  • Assistant Professor of Forest Biomaterials, SFRES
Noblet Building 110

Areas of Expertise

  • Carbon materials derived from wood, lignin, and cellulose
  • Integrated thermochemical conversion and fractionation of lignocellulosic biomass
  • Carbon-polymer composites and hybrid materials
  • Wood protection and preservation
  • Wood properties, quality, and modification
Yinan Yuan
"The RNA regulatory system might have been essential prerequisite to both the evolution of developmentally sophisticated multicellular organisms and the rapid expansion of phenotyptic complexity into uncontested environment."

Yinan Yuan

  • Research Assistant Professor, SFRES
Noblet Building 180

Areas of Expertise

  • Identification and characterization of natural antisense transcripts in woody plants
  • Alternative splicing and salicylic acid metabolism in populus
  • Sequencing complex plant genome through gene-enriched methods