Faculty Listing

Tara L. Bal

Research Assistant Professor

Master of Forestry Degree Program Director

487-1898
tlbal@mtu.edu
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
  • Long-Term Forest Health Monitoring
  • Earthworm Invasion Ecology
  • Dendrochronology
  • Insect, Fungi, and Environmental Education

Brenda Bergman

Research Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Research Assistant Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Director of Research and Operations, Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform Project

Specialties

  • Education for a Sustainable Future
  • Experiential Education
  • Ecosystem Science
  • Aquatic-Terrestrial Linkages in Ecology
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Social-Ecological Systems

William S. Breffle

Associate Professor of Economics, School of Business and Economics

Affiliate Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

906-487-1959
wsbreffl@mtu.edu
G019 Academic Office Building

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
Joseph K. Bump portrait
"Nature loves to hide"
—Heraclitus

Joseph K. Bump

Associate 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 faculty portrait
"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 portrait
"The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more."
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Molly A. Cavaleri

Associate Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

906-487-2843
macavale@mtu.edu
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 A. Chimner portrait
"We are what we imagine ourselves to be"
—Kurt Vonnegut, Jr

Rodney A. Chimner

Associate Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

906-487-1464
rchimner@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 114

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

Yvette Dickinson

Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

906-487-2387
yldickin@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 170

Links of Interest

Specialties

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

Paul V. Doskey

Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Director, Microanalytical Facility (MAF)

Director, Molecular Biogeochemistry Laboratory (MBL)

906-487-2745
pvdoskey@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 113

Research Interests

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

Curtis Edson

Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resoures and Environmental Science

Remote Sensing

Geospatial Information Science

906-487-2596
cbedson@mtu.edu
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 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 portrait
"If you can't measure it, then you can't manage it."

Robert E. Froese

Associate Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Coordinator of Forest Planning and Research, Ford Center and Forest

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

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
Oliver Gailing portrait
"Genetic variation is the foundation for the ability of forest trees to adapt environmental changes"

Oliver Gailing

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
  • Biodiversity policy
  • Bioenergy policy
Mike Hyslop portrait
"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

Master of Geographic Information Science Degree Program Director

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Geographic information systems
  • Cartography
  • Global positioning systems
  • Great Lakes Quaternary (glacial) geomorphology
Martin F. Jurgensen portrait
"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 faculty portrait
"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

Matthew C. Kelly

Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Management, School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

906-487-3403
mackelly@mtu.edu
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

Sapna Kumari

Research Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

skumari@mtu.edu
Noblet Building
Peter Laks portrait
"Wood is good!"

Peter Laks

Research 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

Nancy Langston

Professor of Environmental History, Social Sciences

Member of the Great Lakes Research Center

Affiliate Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Specialties

  • Toxics, forested watersheds, and northern lakes
  • Environmental history
  • Watershed change and water quality
  • Mining history
Robert James Laverne portrait
"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 portrait
"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 faculty portrait
"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

Associate Professor of Ecology and Environmental Policy

Coordinator, Peace Corps Masters International Program in Forestry

Areas of Expertise

  • Landscape ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
  • Sustainability science
Blair D. Orr faculty portrait
"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 portrait
"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
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

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest carbon dynamics
  • Soil sustainability
  • Forest restoration
  • Isotope applications in forests
Dana L. Richter faculty portrait
"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

Robert Ross

Research Professor

(608) 231-9221
rjross@fs.fed.us
USDA Forest Products Laboratory

Amber Roth

Research Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Cell: (715) 525-2102
amroth@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 180

Mark Rudnicki

Professor of Practice in Forest Biomaterials

906-487-2603
mrudnick@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 168

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest Biomaterials
  • Tree biomechanics
  • Wind and trees
  • Dendrochronology
  • Extension and Outreach
James Schmierer portrait
"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 faculty portrait
"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
  • Fish movement patterns and community dynamics
  • Aquatic-terrestrial links
  • Vernal pool ecosystems
  • Effects of human impacts on aquatic systems

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

Director, Honors Institute

906-487-3470
storer@mtu.edu
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, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Adjunct 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 portrait
"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

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 portrait
"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
Christopher R. Webster faculty portrait
"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
Haring Wei portrait
"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)

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

906-487-2294
xinfengx@mtu.edu
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
Jinan Yuan portrait
"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