Departmental Updates


Mike Dockry

Mike Dockry joined the department in summer 2019 as an assistant professor in tribal natural resources. He is a member of the Citizen Potawatami Nation and an affiliate faculty member in the U’s Department of American Indian Studies. As his position is new to CFANS, Mike is developing two new courses, one in tribal natural resource management and another, a graduate seminar in tribal ecological knowledge. Mike hopes to prepare students to be natural resource managers with a broad understanding of contemporary and historical tribal natural resource management, treaty rights, traditional ecological knowledge and western natural resource management.
Mike looks forward to continued involvement on Manoomin, a long-term project and partnership between University researchers and tribal nations that looks at how to sustain and protect wild rice.

Amber Grupe

Amber Grupe is the new department administrator for Forest Resources, providing leadership for overseeing and managing the administrative functions of the department. She is not only new to the U, but also a new resident to Minnesota. Amber recently relocated from Wisconsin, where she previously held a position at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the Department of Biological Sciences, serving as the administrative program manager there. Now that Amber is a resident of the Twin Cities, she is spending her time exploring the metro area and particularly enjoys visiting the many beautiful parks and green spaces with her son.

Chad Babcock

Chad Babcock joined the department in summer 2019 as an assistant professor of remote sensing. Chad is new to Minnesota, by way of Michigan State University. His research focuses on forest inventory problems, including mapping, large and small area estimation, and improving predictions with remote sensing data. Chad’s research and experience has taken him to NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center outside Washington D.C. and to remote interior Alaska. This spring, Chad will be teaching a joint undergraduate and graduate course, FNRM 3262/5262, Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis of Natural Resources and the Environment. Students will be introduced to remote sensing data types, including space-based imagery (e.g., Landsat), airborne lidar data and hyperspectral images as well as image processing and classification. 

In Remembrance

Carl Mohn

Carl Mohn, a long-time faculty member in the Department of Forest Resources, passed away on August 8, 2019. Carl was a professor at the University of Minnesota from 1970 to 1997, teaching dendrology and forest genetics, advising numerous graduate students and researching forestry genetics focusing on forest tree improvement through selection and breeding. In doing so, he was a key contributor and cooperator in Lake States and Canadian tree improvement efforts especially for the major coniferous tree species, cottonwoods, aspen and hybrid poplar and hybrid aspen tree improvement. Carl was also instrumental in establishing the Minnesota Tree Improvement Cooperative and in bringing the Aspen/Larch Genetics program to the University of Minnesota. The Department of Forest Resources expresses our heartfelt condolences to Carl’s family.