Sigrid Resh

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)


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  • Research Assistant Professor
  • Coordinator, Keweenaw Invasive Species Management Area
  • Coordinator, Undergraduate Research Programs, Pavlis Honors College
  • Postdoctoral fellow, eucalyptus biomass partitioning, CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), Tasmania, AU
  • PhD, Forest Ecology, Colorado State University
  • MS, Resource Economics, Michigan State University

Ecosystem processes related to carbon cycling

My current research focuses are: 1. Importance of wood contributions to soil carbon pools and fluxes, and 2. Soil sustainability and land use. My training is in processes related to forested ecosystem carbon storage. I've examined changes in carbon storage related to forest age (Wyoming, USA), the influence of nitrogen-fixing tree species (Hawaii and Puerto Rico, USA), and coarse root production and soil differences (Tasmania, WU).

Invasive species in the Keweenaw

As the coordinator of the (KISMA) and with state of Michigan and USDA Forest Service funding, I am reconnecting with the KISMA community to control new and spreading invasive species across land ownership boundaries and ecosystems.

Areas of Expertise

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