Forestry Faculty and Staff

Faculty/Staff

Hannah Abbotts

Community Liaison Specialist

906-487-1176
hwabbott@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 131
"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
Trish Burton

Trish Burton

Secretary 4

906-487-3564
trish@mtu.edu
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, 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
Patricia Butler

Patricia Butler

Research Scientist I

906-482-6303
prbutler@mtu.edu
Forest Service Building 109A

Areas of Expertise

  • Climate change adaptation strategies for forests
  • Climate change vulnerability assessment
  • Climate change outreach and training
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
Faculty/Staff

Anne Collins

Research Assistant

Madhumita Dash

Madhumita Dash

Postdoctoral Research Associate

mdash@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 177

Yvette Dickinson

Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

yldickin@mtu.edu
170 Horner Hall

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
Jennifer Eikenberry

Jennifer Eikenberry

Assistant Research Scientist

906-487-1774
jreikenb@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 165

Areas of Expertise

  • Stable isotopes
  • Forest ecology
  • Mass spectrometry
Joe Eskola

Joe Eskola

Research Associate

906-487-2673
joeskola@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 111

Areas of Expertise

  • Wood protection
Jill Fisher

Jill Fisher

Research Associate

906-487-3564
jhfisher@mtu.edu
Noblet Building G015

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Ecosystem Science Center
  • National Institute for Climate Change Research - NICCR
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
John Forsman

John Forsman

Assistant Research Scientist

906-487-2917
jwforsma@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 183

Areas of Expertise

  • Wood composites
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
Tatyana Georgieva

Tatyana Georgieva

Research Scientist

Faculty/Staff

Laura Haischer

Custodian

906-487-3054
lahaisch@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 153

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
Daniel Haskell

Daniel Haskell

Research Scientist

715-360-8942
dehaskel@mtu.edu
Noblet Building G026
Christopher Hohnholt
"Observe, Orient, Decide, Act. Repeat."
—John Boyd

Christopher Hohnholt

Director of Development and Outreach—School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Student recruitment
  • Donor contact
  • Alumni visits
Faculty/Staff

John Hribljan

Post Doc Research Associate

jahriblj@mtu.edu
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

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
Wendy Jones

Wendy Jones

Research Associate

906-487-3466
wsjones@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 178

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest genetics
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
Rama Joshi

Rama Joshi

Research Associate

906-487-1229
rcjoshi@mtu.edu
Noblet Building G027
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

Mary Jurgensen

Advisor, Undergraduate Students: Scheduling, Degree Completion, and Transfer Students

906-487-2953
thefinn@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 110

Areas of Expertise

  • Student advising
  • Transfer students
  • Course scheduling
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
Erik Keranen

Erik Keranen

Assistant Research Scientist

906-487-2960
edkerane@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 111

Areas of Expertise

  • Wood protection

Jessie Knowlton

Research Scientist

jlknowlt@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 164

Areas of Expertise

  • Avian Ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Tropical Biology
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
Faculty/Staff

Jamie Lamit

Post Doc Research Fellow

906-482-6303 ext. 22
ljulamit@mtu.edu
Forest Service Building
Glenn Larkin

Glenn Larkin

Senior Research Scientist I

906-487-3316
gmlarkin@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 117

Areas of Expertise

  • Wood protection and composites
  • Forest natural products
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
Marjorie Lindley Staff Photo

Marjorie Lindley

Administrative Aide

906-487-3437
mlindley@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 129
Andrea Longhini

Andrea Longhini

Administrative Assoc.

906-487-3603
aelonghi@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 123
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

Kailey Marcinkowski

Research Scientist

906-482-6303 ext. 16
kfmarcin@mtu.edu
Forest Service Building

Specialties

  • High-elevation forest ecosystems
  • Dendrochronology
  • Climate change impacts and adaptation
  • Science outreach and communication
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
Joni Moore

Joni Moore

Research Associate

906-370-5113
jomoore@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 136
Ruth Ojala Staff Photo

Ruth Ojala

Office Assistant

906-487-2454
raojala@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 127
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
Kari Price

Kari Price

Manager, Ford Center

906-524-6181
kalprice@mtu.edu
Ford Center
Faculty/Staff

Duane Puuri

Building Mechanic

906-487-3054
depuuri@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 153
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
Faculty/Staff

Karena Schmidt

Laboratory Supervisor

906-482-6303
kmschmid@mtu.edu
Forest Service Building 112
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
Kristin Schmitt

Kristin Schmitt

Research Scientist I

Areas of Expertise

  • Ecosystem response to climate change
  • Web-based outreach on climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • Science synthesis and communication
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
danielle shannon staff photo

Danielle Shannon

Climate Change Specialist

Research Scientist II

906-482-6303 ext 25
dshannon@mtu.edu
Forest Service Building 133
Faculty/Staff

Joseph Shannon

Research Scientist

906-487-2759
jpshanno@mtu.edu
Noblet Building G025

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
Faculty/Staff

Dave Stimac

Foreman, FFC

906-524-6181
dstimac@mtu.edu
Ford Center

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
Mary Tassava

Mary Tassava

Staff Assistant

906-487-2959
mltassav@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 155B
Ramesh Thakur

Ramesh Thakur

Research Scientist II

906-487-2703
rcthakur@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 182

Specialties

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

Ken Vrana

Director, Isle Royale Institute

906-487-4335
kjvrana@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 132
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
Faculty/Staff

Larry Walker

Research Assistant

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
Faculty/Staff

Joseph Weingarten

Custodian

906-487-3054
jaweinga@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 153

Mary Williams

Postdoc Research Associate

208-883-2354
miwilliams@fs.fed.us
MTU/USDA Forest Service Rocky Mtn Research Station

Research Interests

  • Restoration ecology, shrub-steppe ecosystems, inventory and monitoring, native plant propagation, rangeland health, wildlife habitat, and vegetation structure
Phyllis Williamso

Phyllis Williamson

Administrator of Services

906-487-1871
pcwillia@mtu.edu
125 Noblet Building
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
Elena Yordanova

Elena Yordanova

Post Doc

906-487-2759
etyordan@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 152
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