School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Wood Protection Group Members

Xinfeng Xie

  • Assistant Professor of Forest Biomaterials, SFRES

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

  • Research Assistant Professor, SFRES
  • 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
Joseph Eskola

Joseph Eskola

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

Joe Eskola

  • Research Associate, SFRES

Areas of Expertise

  • Wood protection
  • Quality control
Erik Keranen

Erik Keranen

  • Assistant Research Scientist, SFRES

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

  • Research Professor, SFRES

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 I, SFRES

Areas of Expertise

  • Wood protection and composites
  • Forest natural products
Dana Richter
"The careful observation of nature is the first step in caring for the earth."

Dana L. Richter

  • Research Scientist II, SFRES

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest mycology, pathology, fungal ecology
  • Tree and forest disease diagnosis and assessment
  • Wood decay: mold/stain testing
  • Fungal Isolation & Identification