- Noblet Building 170
Associate Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
- PhD, Forestry, University of Montana
- MS, Natural Resource Sciences, Washington State University
- BS, Biology, South Dakota State University
Silviculture embracing forest change
Michigan Tech is situated among expansive and diverse forest types and ownerships, encompassing a medley of demands on forest resources. Disturbances and forest vegetation dynamics are the foundation of silviculture; they allow for creative solutions to complex management and conservation issues.
My research is driven by broad scientific questions, including landscape-level assessment of invasive species and multiple-scale quantification of forest structures in a changing environment. Silviculture is applied forest ecology, and requires creativity in concert with proficiency in ecological and technical arenas. Education in natural resources in a fluid and technologically accelerating world requires unique instructional approaches, and societal demands require a comprehensive integration of ideas and concepts.
My teaching philosophy centers around active student learning both in the classroom and in the field. My mission is to provide students with fundamental knowledge, and cultivate their curiosity and critical thinking skills so that they can ask good questions and know where to find answers in the future.
- Previant, W.J., S.A. Pugh, L.M. Nagel and C.W. Woodall. 2012. Forest Resource Attributes of Isle Royale National Park 2010. USDA Forest Service Resource Bulletin NRS-73, 24p. Read More
- Shartell, L.M., L.M. Nagel and A.J. Storer. 2012. Efficacy of Treatments against Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) and Effects on Forest Understory Plant Diversity. Forests 3:605-613. Read More
- Campione, M.A., L.M. Nagel and C.R. Webster. 2012. Herbaceous-layer community dynamics along a harvest-intensity gradient after 50 years of consistent management. Open Journal of Forestry 2(3):97-109. Read More
- Janowiak, M.K., C.W. Swanston, L.M. Nagel, B.J. Palik, M.J. Twery, J.B. Bradford, C.R. Webster, L.R. Parker, A.T. Hille, and S.M. Johnson. 2011. Silvicultural decision making in an uncertain climate future: a workshop-based exploration of considerations, strategies, and approaches. USDA Forest Service GTR NRS-81, 18p. Read More
- Shartell, L.M., L.M. Nagel and A.J. Storer. 2011. Multi-criteria risk model for garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. American Midland Naturalist 156:116-127.
- Janowiak, M.K., L.M. Nagel and C.R. Webster. 2010. Minimum tree size and interpretation of stand structure in uneven-aged northern hardwoods. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry 27(1):34-37.
- L.M. Nagel, C.W. Swanston and M.K. Janowiak. 2010. Integrating climate change considerations into forest management tools and training. Pages 27-35 In Theresa B. Jain, Russell T. Graham, and Jonathan Sandquist, tech eds. Integrated management of carbon sequestration and biomass utilization opportunities in a changing climate: Proceedings of the 2009 National Silviculture Workshop, 2009 June 15-18, Boise, ID. Proceedings RMRS-P-61. Fort Collins, CO. USDA, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 351 p.
- Powers, M.D. and L.M. Nagel. 2009. Pennsylvania sedge cover, forest management, and deer density influence tree regeneration dynamics in a northern hardwood forest. Forestry 82(3):241-254.
- Powers, M.D. and L.M. Nagel. 2008. Disturbance dynamics influence Pennsylvania sedge abundance in a northern hardwood forest. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 135(3):317-327.
- Janowiak, M.K., L.M. Nagel and C.R. Webster. 2008. Spatial scale and stand structure in northern hardwood forests: implications for quantifying diameter distributions. Forest Science 54:497-506.
- Nagel, L.M., R.G. Corace and A.J. Storer. 2008. An experimental approach to testing the efficacy of management treatments for glossy buckthorn at Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Upper Michigan. Ecological Restoration 26:136-142.
- Woodall, C.W. and L.M. Nagel. 2007. Downed woody fuel loading dynamics of a large-scale blowdown in northern Minnesota, U.S.A. Forest Ecology and Management 247:194-199.