Student working on equipment for outdoor research

To repeat what others have said, requires education; to challenge it, requires brains. —Mary Pettibone Poole

Forest Science—PhD

Fast Facts

  • Faculty in the School are among the most productive in the nation, according to independent studies published in the Journal of Forestry and released by Academic Analytics.
  • In 2007, our PhD in Forest Science was ranked fourth in the nation by Academic Analytics.
  • Michigan Tech leads the world’s longest study on predator-prey relationships, the fifty year investigation of wolves and moose on Isle Royale.
  • The School is ranked in the top 10 percent in conservation biology research productivity among academic institutions in the United States and Canada.

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Graduate Programs in Forest Science

Michigan Tech’s graduate programs in forest science and ecology stress understanding of ecosystem and organismal functions. Research areas range from climate change and invasive species to carbon production and the dynamics of wildlife and insect populations.

Areas of study include forest ecology, forest soils, silviculture, tree improvement, forest wildlife ecology and management, economics, forest inventory, geographic information systems, growth and yield, wood science, and forest biology.

New facilities allow for in-depth studies of forest trees using whole plant, subcellular, and functional genomics approaches. State-of-the-art molecular biology facilities combined with functional genomics instrumentation enable studies in comparative gene expression and genomic analysis.

Our major research facilities include DNA sequencing and microarray labs, metabolome and genome profiling labs, tissue culture and tree transformation labs, and ecological genomics labs. A total laboratory space of 6,500 square feet and 2,000 square feet of greenhouse space provide opportunities for research that make a positive difference in today’s challenged environments.

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