Research Partnerships

Research Partnerships

The School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science's ongoing research is aided and enriched through many partnerships. Explore our ongoing projects throughout Michigan Tech and beyond.

Biotechnology Research Center

The Biotech Research Center fosters cutting edge biotechnology research at Michigan Tech

The Biotechnology Research Center (BRC) promotes education and research in biotechnology for the benefit of society and the environment. The major focus is to promote research excellence, the dissemination of knowledge, and commitment to quality education in the sciences and engineering at MTU. The BRC fosters collaborative research, provides state-of-the-art research facilities, and contributes to educational opportunities in biotechnology. The diversity of faculty research is reflected in the wide range of disciplines including biology, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, computer science, forestry, materials science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, and physics. Our Center continues the tradition of excellence in research, student training, and outreach with substantial research grants and contracts, the major portion coming from the primary national funding agencies. We offer graduate fellowships, undergraduate research opportunities, a seminar series, travel awards, an infrastructure development program, and sponsorship of an annual student research forum which exemplify our conviction to directly and effectively support science and engineering research at Michigan Technological University.

Ecosystem Science Center

About the Ecosystem Science Center

Ecosystem Science Center members conduct research in ecosystem ecology, ecosystem response to global change, carbon sequestration and bioenergy, wildlife ecology, aquatic ecology, invasive species ecology, ecosystem restoration, decomposiiton processes, and community ecology.

The Ecosystem Science Center (ESC) is designed to advance our understanding of how ecosystems function and how human activities influence ecosystem processes. The ESC's two main objectives are to:

(1) foster ecosystem research and

(2) educate graduate and undergraduate students in the area of ecosystem science. These two objectives will be met through collaboration among faculty, staff, and students interested in ecosystem science.

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Isle Royale Institute Research

The Isle Royale Institute is a partnership between Michigan Technological University and Isle Royale National Park. The mission of the Isle Royale Institute is to foster science and education at Isle Royale and on the waters of Lake Superior. The Isle Royale Institute accomplishes this mission by direct assistance to Isle Royale National Park through its five-year cooperative agreement with the National Park Service; by designing, funding and offering long-term programs and short-term projects that expand opportunities for scientific research and life-long learning; and by fostering collaboration among universities, government agencies, and private sector to enhance scientific research and education of value to Isle Royale National Park and other stakeholders in Lake Superior.

MooseWatch Expeditions

The Institute assists the Isle Royale Wolf-Moose Project in administration of volunteer expeditions into the backcountry of Isle Royale to collect field data essential to the continued monitoring and research of wolf and moose populations. 

Michigan Forest Biomaterials Initiative

"Biomaterials" is used to describe any organic materials that are extracted from ecosystems, including but not limited to, wood, mushrooms, edible berries, and plant sap in terrestrial ecosystems and algae in aquatic ecosystems. From a life cycle perspective, the issue is how to extract these materials from ecosystems without compromising their integrity; how to process these materials in a myriad of ways to fully utilize the resource; how to market them regionally, nationally, and globally; and how to recycle these "green materials" through the same or other materials, or back through ecosystems.

The Michigan Forest Biomaterials Initiative is an endeavor to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Michigan by moving purposefully toward a future that takes responsible yet full advantage of Michigan’s renewable resources.

Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science

The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) has been designed as a collaborative effort amongst the Forest Service (Northern Research Station, Eastern Region, Northeastern Area S&PF), Michigan Technological University, National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, and the Trust for Public Land. NIACS provides information on managing forests for climate change adaptation, enhanced carbon sequestration, and sustainable production of bioenergy and materials. As a regional, multi-institutional entity, NIACS builds partnerships, facilitates research, and synthesizes information to bridge the gap between carbon and climate science research and the management needs of land owners and natural resource professionals, policymakers, and members of the public. 

Learn more about NIACS:

NIACS research at Michigan Tech

Climate Change Resource Center

Climate Change Response Framework 

International Soil Carbon Network

USDA Forest Service NIACS

Forest-related Bioenergy Impacts across the Americas (PIRE)

Climate change is the greatest environmental problem facing humans today.  Bioenergy is one potential tool to mitigate this problem.  Within this context, our five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) Partnerships in International Research and Education (PIRE) project focuses on studying socioecological impacts from forest-related bioenergy development across the Americas.  Our project integrates these findings with scientific research on bioenergy policy and sustainability criteria with the goal of making recommendations for policy and sustainability criteria improvements.  These will focus on helping us maximize the benefits and minimize the costs of bioenergy development.  This highly interdisciplinary project includes more than 60 social, natural, and engineering scientists and students from 20 research organizations across Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Uruguay, Argentina, and the United States.