—Rachel Carson (1907-1964)
- Research Assistant Professor
- Coordinator, Keweenaw Invasive Species Management Area (KISMA)
- 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 and restoration
My current research focuses are: 1. Invasive species treatment options as alternatives to chemical use (i.e., biocontrol (fungal, insects, goats), adaptive manual removal techniques), 2. Restoration of disturbed forests due to invasive species and land use impacts, 3. Importance of wood contributions to soil carbon pools and fluxes, and 4. 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, AUS).
Invasive species in the Keweenaw
As the coordinator of the KISMA and with state of Michigan and US Forest Service and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding, I am working with the KISMA community to control new and spreading invasive species across land ownership boundaries and ecosystems and restore native plant communities.
Areas of Expertise
- Invasive species research, treatments, and education/outreach
- Forest restoration
- Soil sustainability
- Resh, SC, A Camp, E Byrne, C Webster. In preparation for winter 2023 submission. Legacy Impact of Invasive Berberis thunbergii Removal Methods on Native Species Community Recovery. Invasive Plant Science and Management.
- Dolinski, L, T Bal, C Webster, SC Resh. Submitted 1/23. Assessing the Utility of a Native Pathogenic Fungus as a Biocontrol Alternative to Herbicide on Invasive Buckthorns in Forests of Upper Michigan. Natural Areas Association Journal.
- Chimner, RA, SC Resh, JA Hribljan, M Battaglia, L Bourgeau-Chavez, G Bowser, EA Lilleskov. 2022. Mountain Wetland Soil Carbon Stocks of Huascarán National Park, Peru. Submitted to Frontiers in Plant Science.
- Chimner, RA, R Boone, G Bowser, L Bourgeau-Chavez, B Fuentealba, J Gilbert, JA Ñaupari, M. Polk, S Resh, C Turin, KR Young, M Zarria-Samanamud. 2020. Andes, Bofedales, and the Communities of Huascarán National Park, Peru. Wetland Science and Practice 37: 246-254.
- Mosier, SL, ES Kane, D Richter, E Lilleskov, MF Jurgensen, AJ Burton, SC Resh. 2017. Interactive effects of climate change and fungal communities on wood-derived carbon in forest soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 117: 297-309.
- 2022. Baugher, C, N Cassel, SC Resh (co-PI, Principal at Tech) et al., Expanding Phragmites Management in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Sponsored by: Upper Peninsula Resource Conservation & Development District, Requested: $71,003, Sponsor Share: $62,594, Total Project Value: $62,594. (September 1, 2021 April 30, 2024). (Awarded). EPA-GLRI 2021. Total funds of $665,221 with subaward to Tech.
- 2022. Resh, S. (Principal), Continuing KISMA priority invasive species control and outreach with partners and community, Sponsored by: US Dept of Agriculture, Requested: $50,000, Sponsor Share: $50,000, Total Project Value: $62,847. (April 1, 2022 -March 31, 2024). (Awarded).
- 2022. Bowser, G, RB Boone, RA Chimner, AB Taber, KR Young with Resh, SC (Co-Principal), CNH-RCN: Andes Bofedales and Cattle: The Impacts of Changing Hydrology and Glacial Retreat on Community Livelihoods in Peru's Cordillera Blanca, Sponsored by: NSF. $499,992 to Colorado State University with subaward to Tech, Requested: $95,343, Sponsor Share: $95,343, Total Project Value: $95,343. (August 1, 2016 -July 31, 2023). (Awarded).
- 2022. Resh, S. (Principal), AIS outreach and portable boat wash support for KISMA, Sponsored by: Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Requested: $15,500, Sponsor Share: $15,500, Total Project Value: $18,512. (June 1, 2022 -June 15, 2023). (Awarded).
- 2022. Resh, S. (Principal), Expanding KISMA's Reach Across Both Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems, Sponsored by: Michigan Dept of Natural Resources, Requested: $60,000, Sponsor Share: $60,000, Total Project Value: $76,401. (June 1, 2022 -May 31, 2023). (Awarded).
- 2021. Resh, S. (Principal), Upper Peninsula European frog-bit detection initiative, Sponsored by: Upper Peninsula Resource Conservation & Development District, Requested: $40,944, Sponsor Share: $39,544, Total Project Value: $44,844. (May 1, 2021 -April 30, 2023). (Awarded).