Faculty Listing

"Science is a way of thinking, much more than it is a body of knowledge."
—Carl Sagan

Tara L. Bal

Research Assistant Professor

Master of Forestry Degree Program Director

487-1898
tlbal@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 128

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest Health Management
  • Long-Term Forest Health Monitoring
  • Earthworm Invasion Ecology
  • Dendrochronology
  • Insect, Fungi, and Environmental Education
Joseph K. Bump
"Nature loves to hide"
—Heraclitus

Joseph K. Bump

Assistant Professor of Animal Ecology & Conservation, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Faculty Advisor to the Michigan Tech Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society

906-487-1093
jkbump@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 172

Areas of Expertise

  • Predator ecology & ecological heterogeneity
  • Aquatic-terrestrial links
  • Stable isotopes in animal ecology & conservation
  • Vertebrate habitat ecology
  • Conservation ethics
Andrew J. 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, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Director, Ford Center and Research Forest

Director, Ecosystem Science Center

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, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

906-487-1728
vbusov@mtu.edu
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 A. Cavaleri
"The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more."
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Molly A. Cavaleri

Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

906-487-2843
macavale@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 162

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 A. Chimner
"We are what we imagine ourselves to be"
—Kurt Vonnegut, Jr

Rodney A. Chimner

Associate Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Areas of Expertise

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

Yvette Dickinson

Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

yldickin@mtu.edu
Horner Hall 170

Links of Interest

Paul V. Doskey

Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

906-487-2745
pvdoskey@mtu.edu
Dow Building 805

Areas of Expertise

  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Biogeochemistry and Sustainability
David J. Flaspohler
"Hope is the thing with feathers. That perches in the soul."
—Emily Dickinson

David J. Flaspohler

Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

906-487-3608
djflaspo@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 115

Areas of Expertise

  • Conservation biology
  • Avian ecology and reproduction
  • Cascading effects of deer overbrowse
  • Island ecology
Robert E. Froese
"If you can't measure it, then you can't manage it."

Robert E. Froese

Associate Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

906-487-2723
froese@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 175

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest Inventory, Mensuration, and Biometrics
  • Silviculture, Quantitative Silviculture, and Growth & Yield
  • Empirical, process and hybrid forest modelling
Oliver Gailing
"Genetic variation is the foundation for the ability of forest trees to adapt environmental changes"

Oliver Gailing

Associate Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Ecological genetics and genomics
  • Population genetics of forest trees
  • Conservation genetics
  • Genetic mapping and QTL analyses
  • Forensic genetics

Kathleen E. Halvorsen

Professor of Natural Resource Policy

Joint Appointment in Social Sciences and School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Woody bioenergy
  • Climate change
  • Natural resource policy
  • Water resource 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

Senior Academic Consultant/Lecturer, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

906-487-2308
mdhyslop@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 140A

Areas of Expertise

  • Geographic information systems
  • Cartography
  • Global positioning systems
  • Great Lakes Quaternary (glacial) geomorphology
Chandrashekhar P. Joshi
"Cellulose is the fiber of human civilization."

Chandrashekhar P. Joshi

Department Chair and Professor, Biological Sciences

Adjunct Professor of Plant Molecular Genetics, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

906-487-2738 (Biology)
cpjoshi@mtu.edu
Dow 741,

Research Interests, Biological Sciences

  • Plant Molecular Genetics

Areas of Expertise, Biology and Forestry

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

Martin F. Jurgensen

Research Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

906-487-2206
mfjurgen@mtu.edu
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 S. Kane
"If trees could run away from their place of establishment, believe me many of them probably would!"

Evan S. Kane

Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

906-482-6303
eskane@mtu.edu
Forest Service Building 123

Areas of Expertise

  • Soil carbon
  • Plant/soil relationships
  • Decomposition
  • Dissolved organic carbon
  • Wildfire
  • Black carbon
Peter Laks
"Wood is good!"

Peter Laks

Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

906-487-2364
plaks@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 119

Links of Interest

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

Robert James Laverne

Instructor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Urban Forestry
  • Arboriculture
  • Tree Appraisal and Expert Witness Services
  • Environmental, Economic and Social Benefits of Urban Forests
  • Soundscape Ecology
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, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

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
Ann Maclean
"The practical application of knowledge is what moves us forward."

Ann Maclean

Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

906-487-2030
amaclean@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 189

Areas of Expertise

  • Remote sensing
  • Digital image processing
  • Geographic information systems
  • Spatial modeling
Audrey L. Mayer
"Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life."
—Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder

Audrey L. Mayer

Associate Professor of Ecology and Environmental Policy

Coordinator, Peace Corps Masters International Program in Forestry

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
  • Sustainability science
  • Landscape ecology
  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • International Trade
  • Information Theory
Blair D. Orr
"Good science starts with good questions."

Blair Orr

Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

906-487-2291
bdorr@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 145A

Areas of Expertise

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

Rolf O. Peterson

Research Professor

906-487-2179
ropeters@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 173

Areas of Expertise

  • Mammalian ecology
  • Predator-prey relationships
  • Ecology and behavior of gray wolves
James B. Pickens
"The most encouraging student evaluation I ever received was: This guy doesn't care what we think. He cares how we think."

James B. Pickens

Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

906-487-2218
jpickens@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 113

Areas of Expertise

  • Optimal bucking of hardwood logs
  • Log bucker training to increase value recovery
  • Approaches for adapting to risk and uncertainty in optimization models
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, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

906-487-1139
scresh@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 116

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest carbon dynamics
  • Soil carbon sequestration
  • Forest restoration
  • Isotope applications in forests
Dana L. Richter
"The careful observation of nature is the first step in caring for the earth."

Dana L. Richter

Research Scientist II, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

906-487-2149
dlrichte@mtu.edu
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
James C. Rivard
"The promotion of conifers and mid-tolerant hardwoods in our northern hardwood forests is one way to mitigate future invasive species."

James C. Rivard

Forester/Instructor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Faculty Advisor, FERM Enterprise

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest Inventory
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Maple syrup production
  • Using technology to assist in forest management
  • Web Applications

Amber Roth

Research Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Cell: (715) 525-2102
amroth@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 180
James Schmierer
"Useful concepts must be placed in context and rendered operational."

James M. Schmierer

Forester/Instructor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

906-487-2963
jmschmie@mtu.edu
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
Amy Schrank
"Whether it is wading in a stream to sample trout, digging under logs to count salamanders or peering under rocks to examine mayflies, both teaching and research benefit from this type of real world experience"

Amy Schrank

Research Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

906-487-1139
ajschran@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 116

Areas of Expertise

  • Aquatic ecology
  • Aquatic-terrestrial links
  • Conservation and management of aquatic systems
  • Long-term monitoring

Terry Sharik

Dean, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Robbins Chair in Sustainable Resources

906-487-2352
tlsharik@mtu.edu

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, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Associate Dean, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

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, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Director, Northern Institute of Applied 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
"I am a population biologist. I spend most of my time studying the wolves and moose of Isle Royale. I am also interested in the philosophy and ethics of ecological and conservation science."

John A. Vucetich

Associate Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

906-487-1711
javuceti@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 186

Areas of Expertise

  • Demographic and genetic elements of population biology
  • Ecology of wolves and moose
  • Environmental ethics
Leah M. 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, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

906-370-2374
lmvuceti@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 188

Areas of Expertise

  • Isle Royale wolf genetics
  • Field research methods

Joe Wagenbrenner

School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Assistant Professor

Forest Hydrology

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest hydrology
  • Effects of wildfire on hydrological process
  • Erosion and sediment transport
  • Land use/disturbance hydrology
  • Mitigation of post-fire runoff and erosion
Christopher R. Webster
"Maintaining balance and stability in natural systems requires embracing their underlying chaos."

Christopher R. Webster

Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

906-487-3618
cwebster@mtu.edu
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, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Department of Computer Science (Adjunct)

Department of Mathematics (Adjunct)

906-487-1473
hairong@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 176

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
Yordan Yordanov
"Most of the current and future problems in agriculture, biofuels, and medicine can be solved by biotechnological approaches. I am just looking for answers in regard to biotechnology, using molecular genetics and functional genomics."

Yordan Yordanov

Research Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Plant Regeneration and Transgenomics
  • Molecular Genetics of Abiotic Stress Resistance
  • Functional Genomics and Evolution of Plant Development
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

906-487-1835
yinyuan@mtu.edu
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