College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Wood Protection Group Members

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

Tara L. Bal

  • Assistant Professor, Forest Health
  • 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
  • Forest Education, Diversity and Inclusion in Forestry and Natural Resources
  • Invasion Ecology
  • Wood Decay Testing and Pathology
  • Insect, Fungi, and Environmental Education, Pedagogy
Joseph Eskola

Joseph Eskola

  • M.S. Forestry
  • Advisor: Xinfeng Xie
  • Wood Decay and Protection
Joe Eskola

Joe Eskola

  • Research Associate

Areas of Expertise

  • Wood protection
  • Quality control
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
Peter Laks
"Wood is good!"

Peter Laks

  • Emeritus 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
Glenn Larkin

Glenn Larkin

  • Senior Research Scientist

Areas of Expertise

  • Wood protection and composites
  • Forest natural products