Faculty and Staff Directory

Tara L. Bal

Research Assistant Professor, SFRES

Master of Forestry Degree Program Director

Noblet Building 128

Teaching Interests

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest Health Management
  • Long-Term Forest Health Monitoring
  • Earthworm Invasion Ecology
  • Dendrochronology
  • Insect, Fungi, and Environmental Education

Brenda Bergman

Research Assistant Professor, SFRES

Research Assistant Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Director of Research and Operations, Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform Project


  • Experiential Education
  • Project-based STEM Education
  • Education for a Sustainable Future
  • Ecosystem Science
  • Aquatic-Terrestrial Linkages in Ecology
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Social-Ecological Systems

William S. Breffle

Associate Professor of Economics, School of Business and Economics

Affiliate Professor, SFRES

Academic Office Building G019

Teaching Interests

  • Environmental economics
  • Natural resource economics
  • International economics
  • Mathematical economics
  • Principles of economics

Research Interests

  • Non-market valuation
  • Discrete choice modeling
  • Benefit-cost analysis
  • Restoration program planning
  • Health economics
Andrew J. Burton faculty portrait
"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

Professor, SFRES

Director, Ecosystem Science Center

Noblet Building 174

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 portrait

Trish Burton

Secretary 4, SFRES

Noblet Building G015
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, SFRES

Horner Hall 185

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

Molly A. Cavaleri

Associate Professor, SFRES

Noblet Building 162

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

Rodney A. Chimner

Professor, SFRES

Noblet Building 114

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: Scheduling, Degree Completion, and Transfer Students

Noblet Building 120

Zhaohua Dai

Research Assistant Professor, SFRES

Yvette Dickinson

Assistant Professor, SFRES

Noblet Building 170

Links of Interest


  • Silviculture and applied forest ecology
  • Stand- and landscape-scale forest structure
  • Restoration silviculture

Paul V. Doskey

Professor, SFRES

Director, Microanalytical Facility (MAF)

Director, Molecular Biogeochemistry Laboratory (MBL)

Noblet Building 113

Research Interests

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

Curtis Edson

Assistant Professor, SFRES

Remote Sensing

Geospatial Information Science

Horner Hall (Forestry) 184

Areas of Expertise

  • Remote Sensing
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Surveying and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)
  • Aerial Photogrammetry
  • Cartography
  • Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR)
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
Jennifer Eikenberry

Jennifer Eikenberry

Assistant Research Scientist, SFRES

Noblet Building 165

Areas of Expertise

  • Stable isotopes
  • Forest ecology
  • Mass spectrometry
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Joe Eskola

Research Associate, SFRES

Noblet Building 111

Areas of Expertise

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

David J. Flaspohler

Professor, SFRES

Noblet Building 115

Areas of Expertise

  • Conservation biology
  • Avian ecology and reproduction
  • Cascading effects of deer overbrowse
  • Island ecology
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John Forsman

Assistant Research Scientist, SFRES

Noblet Building 183

Areas of Expertise

  • Wood composites
Erin Froese portrait

Erin Froese

Director of Advancement, SFRES

Noblet Building 127
Robert E. Froese portrait
"If you can't measure it, then you can't manage it."

Robert E. Froese

Associate Professor, SFRES

Coordinator of Forest Planning and Research, Ford Center and Forest

Noblet Building 175

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

Kathleen E. Halvorsen

Professor of Natural Resource Policy, SFRES

Joint Appointment in Social Sciences and SFRES

Areas of Expertise

  • Woody bioenergy
  • Climate change
  • Natural resource policy
  • Biodiversity policy
  • Bioenergy policy
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Daniel Haskell

Research Scientist, SFRES

Noblet Building G026
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Sarah Hoy

Post Doc Research Fellow, SFRES


Noblet Building 188


  • Predator-prey interactions
  • Animal ecology and conservation
  • Population biology
  • Life-history trade-offs
Forestry Building in fall

John Hribljan

Post Doc Research Fellow, SFRES

Noblet Building
Mike Hyslop portrait
"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, SFRES

Master of Geographic Information Science Degree Program Director

Noblet Building 140A

Areas of Expertise

  • Geographic information systems
  • Cartography
  • Global positioning systems
  • Great Lakes Quaternary (glacial) geomorphology
Forestry Building in fall

Gerald Jondreau

Director of Recruiting, SFRES

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

Martin F. Jurgensen

Research Professor, SFRES

Noblet Building 137

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

Evan S. Kane

Associate Professor, SFRES

Forest Service Building 123

Areas of Expertise

  • Soil carbon
  • Plant/soil relationships
  • Decomposition
  • Dissolved organic carbon
  • Wildfire
  • Black carbon
Cindy Kela

Cindy Kela


Matthew C. Kelly

Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Management, SFRES

Noblet 178

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest operations
  • Forest and natural resource management
  • Human dimensions of natural resources
  • Watershed management
  • Natural resources policy
Erik Kearney staff portrait

Erik Keranen

Assistant Research Scientist, SFRES

Noblet Building 111

Areas of Expertise

  • Wood protection
Peter Laks portrait
"Wood is good!"

Peter Laks

Research Professor, SFRES

Noblet Building 119

Links of Interest

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, SFRES


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

Senior Research Scientist I, SFRES

Noblet Building 117

Areas of Expertise

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

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
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Marjorie Lindley

Administrative Aide, SFRES

Noblet Building 129
Andrea Longhini staff portrait

Andrea Longhini

Administrative Assoc., SFRES

Noblet Building 123
Ann Maclean faculty portrait
"The practical application of knowledge is what moves us forward."

Ann Maclean

Professor, SFRES

Noblet Building 189

Areas of Expertise

  • Remote sensing
  • Digital image processing
  • Geographic information systems
  • Spatial modeling
Forestry Building in fall

Laura Mattila

Office Assistant, SFRES

Audrey L. Mayer

Associate Professor of Ecology and Environmental Policy, SFRES

Coordinator, Peace Corps Masters International Program in Forestry

Academic Office Building 206

Areas of Expertise

  • Landscape ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
  • Sustainability science
Nam Jin Noh portrait

Nam Jin Noh

Post Doc Research Fellow, SFRES

Cell: 906-370-2255
Noblet Building G026

Areas of Expertise

  • Synthesizing the EAB impacts on biogeochemical cycles in black ash wetlands
  • Forest carbon and nitrogen cycles
  • Belowground carbon and nitrogen dynamics
  • Ecosystem responses to climate change and managements
  • Plant and soil interaction
  • Wood debris dynamics
Blair D. Orr faculty portrait
"Good science starts with good questions."

Blair Orr

Professor, SFRES

Noblet Building 145A

Areas of Expertise

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

Rolf O. Peterson

Research Professor, SFRES

Noblet Building 173

Areas of Expertise

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

Duane Puuri

Building Mechanic

Noblet Building 153
Sigrid Resh portrait
"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, SFRES

Noblet Building 116

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest carbon dynamics
  • Soil sustainability
  • Forest restoration
  • Isotope applications in forests
Dana L. Richter faculty portrait
"The careful observation of nature is the first step in caring for the earth."

Dana L. Richter

Research Scientist II, SFRES

Noblet Building 112

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest mycology, pathology, fungal ecology
  • Tree and forest disease diagnosis and assessment
  • Wood decay & mold/stain testing
  • Mycorrhizae, plants and mushrooms

Robert Ross

Research Professor, SFRES

(608) 231-9221
USDA Forest Products Laboratory

Mark Rudnicki

Professor of Practice in Forest Biomaterials, SFRES

Noblet Building 168

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest Biomaterials
  • Tree biomechanics
  • Wind and trees
  • Dendrochronology
  • Extension and Outreach
Forestry Building in fall

Jennifer Sanders

Biotech and Genomics Lab Manager, SFRES

James Schmierer portrait
"Useful concepts must be placed in context and rendered operational."

James M. Schmierer

Forester/Instructor, SFRES

Noblet Building 130

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
Joseph Shannon portrait

Joseph Shannon

Research Scientist, SFRES

Noblet Building G025

Terry Sharik


Robbins Chair in Sustainable Resources


Areas of Interest/Study

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

Andrew J. Storer

Professor, SFRES

Associate Dean, SFRES

Director, Honors Institute and Graduate Programs Director, SFRES

Noblet Building 120

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

Christopher W. Swanston

Research Ecologist, SFRES

Adjunct Professor, SFRES

Director, Northern Institute of Applied 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
Ramesh Thakur portrait

Ramesh Thakur

Research Scientist II, SFRES

Noblet Building 182


  • Forest tree improvement and genetic resources
  • Plant biotechnology and tissue culturing
  • Air pollution and climate change
Ken Vrana

Ken Vrana

Director, Ford Center, SFRES

Director, Isle Royale Institute

Professor of Practice, SFRES

906-487-4384 (Ford Center)
906-487-4335 (Noblet Building 132)
John A. Vucetich portrait
"I am a population biologist. I spend most of my time studying the wolves and moose of Isle Royale. I am also interested in the philosophy and ethics of ecological and conservation science."

John A. Vucetich

Professor, SFRES

Noblet Building 186

Areas of Expertise

  • Demographic and genetic elements of population biology
  • Ecology of wolves and moose
  • Environmental ethics
Leah M. Vucetich portrait
"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, SFRES

Noblet Building 188

Areas of Expertise

  • Isle Royale wolf genetics
  • Field research methods
Forestry building in fall

Larry Walker

Research Assistant, SFRES

Christopher R. Webster faculty portrait
"Maintaining balance and stability in natural systems requires embracing their underlying chaos."

Christopher R. Webster

Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Noblet Building 166

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
Haring Wei portrait
"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

Associate Professor, SFRES

Affiliated Associate Professor, Mathematical Sciences

Affiliated Associate 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
Joseph Weingarten portrait

Joseph Weingarten


Noblet Building 153
Phyllis Williamson staff portrait

Phyllis Williamson

Administrator of Services, SFRES

125 Noblet Building

Xinfeng Xie

Assistant Professor of Forest Biomaterials, SFRES

Noblet Building 110

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
Jinan Yuan portrait
"The RNA regulatory system might have been essential prerequisite to both the evolution of developmentally sophisticated multicellular organisms and the rapid expansion of phenotyptic complexity into uncontested environment"

Yinan Yuan

Research Assistant Professor, SFRES

Noblet Building 180

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