Forest Scene Issue 19 - Fall 2017

Letter from the Head

Professor and Head Mike Kilgore shares his perspectives on starting in his new leadership role and on the recent review of our undergraduate curriculum by the Society of American Foresters.

Not too hot, not too cold: Uncovering the mystery of leaf size variation

Have you ever wondered why leaves vary in size? An international team of researchers, including Professor Peter Reich, recently published results in the journal Science that explain why banana leaves are larger than maple leaves. 

Faculty Highlight: Kristen Nelson

Professor Kristen Nelson researches the human dimensions of natural resources, from the Twin Cities to Brazil. Learn about her research, teaching and involvement in the U's Writing Enriched Curriculum. 

Departmental Updates

Learn about faculty promotions, program enrollment and the upcoming Society of American Foresters Convention.

Student Spotlight: Grace Ditch

Grace Ditch, a senior in FNRM, reflects on her time in the FNRM program, her memories from the Cloquet Field Session and about her recent study abroad experience in Costa Rica.

Alumni Spotlight: Emily Ball 

Emily Ball ('02) works as a forester for the City of Lakeville, MN. She gives advice to future urban foresters and shares perspectives on her career pathway, from arborist internships to working in an English landscape garden. 

Community Partnership: White Earth Nation

Now in its 19th year, the White Earth Math and Science Summer Academy is a program designed by tribal elders and teachers from White Earth Nation as well as University faculty, including professors in Forest Resources. The Summer Academy engages Native youth in hands-on science curriculum, grounded in Ojibwe culture.

Comment on our Diversity and Inclusion Plan

The Department of Forest Resources is expanding our existing Diversity and Inclusion Plan. Faculty, staff and students have had opportunities to comment on the plan, and now we seek your valuable insights. Please provide comments via an online form or email by November 15, 2017.