College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Faculty and Staff Directory

Andrew J. Storer

  • Dean and Professor

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
Hannah Abbotts

Hannah Abbotts

  • Research Scientist
  • Content Manager, USDA Climate Hubs and FS Climate Change Resource Center

Tara L. Bal

  • Research Assistant Professor
  • Master of Forestry Degree Program Director
  • Wood Protection Group, Microbiology/Pathology Lab Leader

Teaching Interests

  • Forest Health
  • Insect Ecology
  • Maple Syrup Culture & Management
  • Natural Resources Communication
  • Vegetation and Pathology

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest Health Management and Monitoring
  • Earthworm Invasion Ecology
  • Wood Decay Testing
  • Insect, Fungi, and Environmental Education
  • Wild Foods
Marjorie Banovetz

Marjorie Banovetz

  • Administrative Aide

Kristin Brzeski

  • Assistant Professor

Links of Interest

My webpage

Biodiversity Initiative

 

Areas of Expertise

  • Conservation genetics
  • Canid genomics
  • Noninvasive methods in wildlife management
  • Wildlife immuno- & epi- genetics
  • Applied conservation in Central Africa

 

Andrew 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

  • Associate Dean and Professor
  • Director, Ecosystem Science Center
  • Coordinator of Interdisciplinary, Multi-Institutional Research

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
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

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
Lori Carne

Lori Carne

  • Facility Staff
Molly Cavaleri
"The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more."
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Molly A. Cavaleri

  • Associate Professor

Links of Interest

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 Chimner
"We are what we imagine ourselves to be."
—Kurt Vonnegut, Jr

Rodney A. Chimner

  • Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Peatland and wetland restoration
  • Peatland and wetland carbon cycling
  • Mountain wetlands
  • Tropical peatlands
  • Ecosystem carbon cycling
  • Wetland ecohydrology

Stacy Cotey

  • Advisor, Undergraduate Students
  • Instructor

  Areas of Interest  

Student success

Scheduling, degree planning

Landscape ecology

Wildlife-habitat relationships

Watershed management

Zhaohua Dai

  • Research Assistant Professor
Jim Desrochers

Jim Desrochers

  • Director of Advancement

Yvette Dickinson

  • Assistant Professor

Links of Interest

Specialties

  • Applied forest ecology and silviculture
  • Stand- and landscape-scale forest structure
  • Forest restoration 
Paul Doskey
"Understanding how the Earth system functions is key to sustaining its natural resources for future generations."

Paul V. Doskey

  • Professor

Research Interests

  • Environmental Biogeochemistry
  • Biogeochemistry of Surface-Atmosphere Exchange
  • Atmospheric Organic Chemistry
  • Environmental Analytical Chemistry
Jennifer Eikenberry

Jennifer Eikenberry

  • Assistant Research Scientist

Areas of Expertise

  • Stable isotopes
  • Forest ecology
  • Mass spectrometry
Joe Eskola

Joe Eskola

  • Research Associate

Areas of Expertise

  • Wood protection
  • Quality control
David Flaspohler
"Hope is the thing with feathers. That perches in the soul."
—Emily Dickinson

David J. Flaspohler

  • Professor
  • Director of Undergraduate Programs

Areas of Expertise

  • Conservation biology
  • Avian ecology and reproduction
  • Cascading effects of deer overbrowse
  • Island ecology
Erin Froese
"Every single national park had some component of private philanthropy."
—Douglas Tompkins

Erin Froese

  • Director of Philanthropy
  • Alumni & Employer Engagement

Areas of interest

Alumni and Donor Engagement

Employer-student relations

Natural Resource Career Fair

 

 

Robert Froese
"If you can't measure it, then you can't manage it."

Robert E. Froese

  • Associate Professor
  • Director, Ford Center and Forest

Certifications

  • Registered Professional Forester, Association of BC Forest Professionals
  • Certified Forester, Society of American Foresters
  • Registered Forester, State of Michigan, Board of Foresters

 

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest Inventory, Mensuration, and Biometrics
  • Silviculture, Quantitative Silviculture, and Growth & Yield
  • Empirical, process and hybrid forest modelling
  • Biomass and Carbon Inventory, Management, and Life Cycle Assessment
Kallan Green

Kallan Green

  • Operations Manager, Ford Center

Kathleen E. Halvorsen

  • Interim Associate Vice President for Research Development
  • University Professor of Natural Resource Policy
  • Joint Appointment in Social Sciences and CFRES

Areas of Expertise

  • Climate change mitigation policy
  • Arctic climate change impacts
  • Energy conservation policy
  • Renewable energy policy
  • Indigeneity and climate policy
Katherine Heckman

Katherine Heckman

  • Research Biological Scientist
  • Radiocarbon Collaborative Manager

Areas of Expertise

Soil organic matter stabilization, characterization and cycling

Radiocarbon analysis and application

Soil mineralogy, organo-mineral interactions

Kathryn Hofmeister

Kathryn Hofmeister

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Areas of Expertise

  • Watershed hydrology and biogeochemistry
  • Forest and wetland hydrology
  • Geographic Information Systems(GIS)
  • Science outreach and communication
Sarah Hoy

Sarah Hoy

  • Research Assistant Professor

Specialties

  • Predator-prey interactions
  • Animal ecology and conservation
  • Population biology
  • Life-history trade-offs
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

  • Principal Lecturer
  • Master of Geographic Information Science Degree Program Director

Areas of Expertise

  • Geographic information systems
  • Cartography
  • Global positioning systems
  • Great Lakes Quaternary (glacial) geomorphology
Mickey Jarvi
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference"
—Robert Frost

Mickey Jarvi

  • Lecturer

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest ecology with an emphasis on belowground processes
  • ecophysiology
  • Forest response to global climate change
  • Tree species native range differences in nutrient cycling
  • Forestry and natural resource issues identified through the use of multispectral and hyperspectral imagery attached to unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) 
Chandrashekhar Joshi
"Cellulose is the fiber of human civilization."

Chandrashekhar P. Joshi

  • Department Chair and Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Affiliated Professor, CFRES

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
Martin Jurgensen
"Soil is the basis of all terrestrial life."

Martin F. Jurgensen

  • Research Professor

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
Evan Kane
"If trees could run away from their place of establishment, believe me many of them probably would!"

Evan S. Kane

  • Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Soil carbon
  • Plant/soil relationships
  • Decomposition
  • Dissolved organic carbon
  • Wildfire
  • Black carbon
Carsten Külheim
"Forestry will become a major provider of key materials; from construction to high-tech to biofuels. It is our job to ensure trees thrive."

Carsten Külheim

  • Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Genetic basis of trait variation
  • Plant adaptation to local environment
  • Plant secondary metabolism
  • Chemical ecology including plant –herbivore interactions
  • Functional genomics of plant defences
Cindy Kela

Cindy Kela

  • Custodian

Matthew C. Kelly

  • Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Management

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest operations
  • Forest and natural resource management
  • Human dimensions of natural resources
  • Watershed management
  • Natural resources policy
Erik Keranen

Erik Keranen

  • Assistant Research Scientist

Areas of Expertise

  • Wood protection
  • Wood composites
  • Physical and mechanical properties testing of wood and wood composites
  • Field-testing of wood products for decay and insect resistance
Shawn Klomparens

Shawn Klomparens

  • Web Developer, USDA Climate Hubs and FS Climate Change Resource Center
Peter Laks
"Wood is good!"

Peter Laks

  • Research Professor

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

Nancy Langston

  • Professor of Environmental History, Social Sciences
  • Member of the Great Lakes Research Center
  • Affiliated Professor, CFRES

Areas of Interest

  • Toxics, forested watersheds, and northern lakes
  • Environmental history
  • Watershed change and water quality
  • Mining history
Glenn Larkin

Glenn Larkin

  • Senior Research Scientist

Areas of Expertise

  • Wood protection and composites
  • Forest natural products
Robert Laverne
"We are, in actuality, students of that greater order known as nature. It is into nature that man vanishes."
—Loren Eiseley
Patricia Leopold

Patricia Leopold

  • Research Scientist I

Areas of Expertise

  • ecosystem response to climate change
  • climate change adaptation and management strategies
  • outreach and technical transfer of climate change tools and resources
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

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
Fengjing Liu
"Water is the new oil: a resource long squandered and soon to be overwhelmed by insatiable demand."
—The Economist

Fengjing Liu

  • Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Ecohydrology in forests
  • Watershed hydrology in montane and lake-dominated catchments
  • Biogeochemistry in snow-dominated, agricultural and forested catchments
  • Numerical modeling in watershed hydrology
  • Forensic hydrology with natural geochemical and isotopic tracers
Andrea Longhini

Andrea Longhini

  • Administrative Associate
Ann Maclean
"The practical application of knowledge is what moves us forward."

Ann Maclean

  • Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Remote sensing
  • Digital image processing
  • Geographic information systems
  • Spatial modeling
Kailey Marcinkowski

Kailey Marcinkowski

  • Research Scientist

Specialties

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

Audrey L. Mayer

  • Professor of Ecology and Environmental Policy
  • Director of Graduate Studies

Areas of Expertise

  • Landscape ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
  • Sustainability science
Chris Miller

Chris Miller

  • Instructor
  • Soils Lab/Greenhouse Manager
  • Facility Space Coordinator

Teaching Interests

Biometrics

Wildland Fire

Soil Science

Specialties

Ecological effects of wildland fire

Soil bulk density

Wood decay data analysis

 

Blair Orr
"That one little mushroom won't hurt me..."
—Anonymous mushroom collector

Blair Orr

  • Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Community Economics
  • Forest economics
  • Land use in the Upper Peninsula
  • Ethnobotany
Rolf Peterson
"The challenge of wild carnivore restoration."

Rolf O. Peterson

  • Research Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Mammalian ecology
  • Predator-prey relationships
  • Ecology and behavior of gray wolves
Duane Puuri

Duane Puuri

  • Building Mechanic II
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
  • Coordinator, Keweenaw Invasive Species Management Area
  • Coordinator, Undergraduate Research Programs, Pavlis Honors College

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest carbon dynamics
  • Soil sustainability
  • Invasive species education/outreach, control, and research

Robert Ross

  • Research Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest Biomaterials
  • Nondestructive Evaluation
  • Structural Condition Assessment

Mark Rudnicki

  • Professor of Practice in Forest Biomaterials
  • Coordinator of Industrial Research, Innovation, and Commercialization

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest Biomaterials
  • Tree biomechanics
  • Wind and trees
  • Dendrochronology
  • Extension and Outreach
Jennifer Sanders

Jennifer Sanders

  • Biotech and Genomics Lab Manager
James Schmierer
"Useful concepts must be placed in context and rendered operational."

James M. Schmierer

  • School Forester
  • Senior Lecturer

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
Kristen Schmitt

Kristen Schmitt

  • Research Scientist I

Areas of Expertise

  • Ecosystem response to climate change
  • Climate change adaptation in natural resource management
  • Science synthesis and communication
Joseph Shannon

Joseph Shannon

  • Research Scientist
Danielle Shannon

Danielle Shannon

  • Research Scientist
  • Coordinator, USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub

Terry Sharik

  • Research Professor
  • Dean Emeritus & Professor Emeritus

Areas of Interest/Study

  • Academic leadership in natural resources
  • Educational reform in natural resources
  • Trends in natural resource enrollments
  • Regeneration ecology of forests

Christopher W. Swanston

  • Research Ecologist
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Director, Northern Institute 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
Ken Vrana

Ken Vrana

  • Director, Isle Royale Institute
  • Professor of Practice, SFRES

John A. Vucetich

  • Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Demographic and genetic elements of population biology
  • Ecology of wolves and moose
  • Environmental ethics
Leah 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

Areas of Expertise

  • Isle Royale wolf genetics
  • Field research methods
Christopher Webster
"Maintaining balance and stability in natural systems requires embracing their underlying chaos."

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

  • Professor
  • Affiliated Professor, Mathematical Sciences
  • Affiliated Professor, Computer Science

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
Phyllis Williamson

Phyllis Williamson

  • Administrator of Services

Jared D. Wolfe

  • Research Assistant Professor

Fields of Expertise


    • Wildlife conservation in working landscapes
    • Temperate and tropical avian ecology
    • Demographic modeling
    • Avian molts and plumage

Xinfeng Xie

  • Assistant Professor of Forest Biomaterials

Areas of Expertise

  • Carbon materials derived from wood, lignin, and cellulose
  • Integrated thermochemical conversion and fractionation of lignocellulosic biomass
  • Carbon-polymer composites and hybrid materials
  • Wood protection and preservation
  • Wood properties, quality, and modification
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 phenotypic complexity into uncontested environment."

Yinan Yuan

  • Research Assistant Professor

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
Paula Zermeño

Paula Zermeño

  • Research Scientist
  • Carbon, Water, & Soils Laboratory Manager

Links of Interest

Radiocarbon Collaborative