Faculty Listing

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

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
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

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)
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
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
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
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

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
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
Robert Laverne
"We are, in actuality, students of that greater order known as nature. It is into nature that man vanishes."
—Loren Eiseley
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
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

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
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
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
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

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

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
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

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