Looking up at a forest canopy. Photo credit: Jill Witt

Forestry and Forest Science—Research

Forestry and forest-science research involves a wide array of topics, with forests as the unifying theme. Studies of stand dynamics, carbon sequestration, site productivity, silvicultural systems, economics, and the applications of simulation models allow us to understand how forests can produce a sustainable, high-value stream of products and ecosystem services that meet society's needs. To provide a rigorous foundation for this applied research, our faculty study tree physiology, forest-soil processes, carbon and nutrient-cycle science, invasive forest plants and pests, and forest ecology. Such research expands our science and process-based understanding of the forest ecosystem and its responses to disturbances, including global climate change.

Faculty                          Areas of Interests

Forest responses to global change factors; Belowground processes; Carbon and nutrient cycling; Physiological ecology of tree roots; Undergraduate involvement in research
Forest canopy structure and function; Forest response to global change; Carbon and water cycling through forests; Tree ecophysiology; Stable isotope ecology; Invasive tree species
Forest management and landscape planning; Silviculture, Quantitative Silviculture, and Growth & Yield; Populus silviculture, growth and yield, and simulation modelling; Empirical, process and hybrid forest modelling; Forest Inventory, Mensuration, and Biometrics
Ecological genetics and genomics; Population genetics of forest trees; Conservation genetics; Genetic mapping and QTL analyses; Forensic genetics
Woody bioenergy; Climate change; Natural resource policy; Water resource policy; Bioenergy policy
Geographic information systems; Cartography; Global positioning systems; Great Lakes Quaternary (glacial) geomorphology
Forest soil productivity, management and sustainability; Global climate change impact on soil biology; Organic matter decomposition and ecosystem nutrient cycling
Soil carbon; Plant/soil relationships; Decomposition; Dissolved organic carbon; Wildfire; Black carbon
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
Environmental and Natural Resources Policy; Sustainability science; Landscape ecology; Biodiversity and Conservation; International Trade; Information Theory
Community Economics; Forest economics; Land use in the Upper Peninsula
Optimal bucking of hardwood logs; Log bucker training to increase value recovery; Approaches for adapting to risk and uncertainty in optimization models
Forest carbon dynamics; Soil carbon sequestration; Forest restoration; Isotope applications in forests
Forest Inventory; Geographic Information Systems; Maple syrup production; Using technology to assist in forest management; Web Applications
Management and silviculture of northern hardwoods and boreal forests; Timber harvesting and site preparation effects on forest regeneration; Forest recreational development and management
Soil organic carbon stabilization and cycling; Radiocarbon analysis and interpretation; Forest response and adaptation to climate change; Landscape scale conservation
Gap dynamics and disturbance ecology; Invasion biology of exotic species; Landscape ecology; Plant community response to herbivory; Restoration silviculture; Wildlife habitat relationships