ESC members lead highly productive research programs that cover a wide breadth of
topics within the realm of ecosystem science. Below, you will find a sample listing
of some of our publicly funded research projects. Use our search box or advanced filtering
options to search our research projects by keyword, by department, or even by investigator.
Research Spotlight: MICARES
Four of our members from three different units have an NSF Growing Convergence Research
award for their project Socio-Technological System Transitions: Michigan Community
& Anishinaabe Renewable Energy Systems (MICARES). Led by Principal Investigator Kathy
Halvorsen (VPR/SS/CFRES), this project is converging social science theories of values
and motivation with engineering and economics understandings of technological feasibility
to develop a comprehensive understanding of how and why energy systems, in particular,
are reconfigured to include renewable energy resources. The project is in partnership
with NGOs, rural communities, and Tribal Nations across Michigan. Find out more at
the project website.
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Understanding Management Options for Sugar Maple Dieback & Decline in Michigan
Keweenaw Inventory Project
Timing Oak Wilt in the North - Modeling Vectors and Host Phenology with Risk of Spread
Incorporation of Historic Fire Regime Data in Lowland Conifer Forest Management in Northern Michigan
Can near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy be used to monitor phytochemical traits of Balsam fir & chemically mediated interactions between fir climate and herbivory?
Bridging Indigenous and Western Sciences for Resilience Livelihood and Stewardship Planning: An Ojibwa Forest Ecosystem Characterization
Improving the resiliency and sustainability of agroecosystems through improved understanding of bird ecosystem services and landscape pattern
Investigating within-canopy phenotypic plasticity to assess the acclimation potential of temperate and tropical tree species to climatic change
Regulation of dormancy release and bud-break in trees
Silviculture on the basis of functional traits
Effects of Global Change Factors on Belowground Processes and Carbon Storage in Northern Hardwood Species
Assessing taxonomy of native remnant canids in the American southeast and habitat that support native genetics
Impact of Earthworm Invasion on Maple Sugar Content and Tree Health
FY23 McIntire Stennis Overall Program
Hardwood Cross-Laminated Timber Research Assistance
Reducing Risk of Invasive Terrestrial Plants in the Great Lakes Region - Early Detection Remediation and Recovery
LTREB Renewal: Drivers of temperate forest carbon storage from canopy closure through successional time
Peatland Ecology and Restoration Education in South America
Forest management strategies in a changing world
Response of forest and peatland ecosystems to environmental change: new continuation
Decision support tools to sustain and increase soil carbon through forest management in the Northeast U.S.
USDA Northern Forest Climate Hub Coordination
Northern Forest Climate Hub Support
Social Vulnerability to Wildfire and Adaptive Capacity
Increasing Forest Service Capacity for Climate-Informed Project Development