M.S. 2011, Forestry, Michigan Technology University
B.S. 2009, Forestry, Michigan Technology University
Areas of Expertise
Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology
Areas of Interest
My research addresses silvicultural questions which span the spectrum from fundamental to applied studies. This includes studies exploring fundamental questions regarding forest stand dynamics, as well as applied questions of how different silvicultural techniques influence productivity, forest health, and wildlife habitat.
Silviculture incorporates knowledge from many disciplines (e.g. hydrologists, soil scientists, botanists, social scientists, and many others) within natural resources to develop management strategies. My goal is to study how different silvicultural systems can meet varying landowner objectives now and in the future within the state of Minnesota and across many other forested regions. To really address these questions, my research focuses on developing measurable metrics of resistance and resilience in different forest ecosystems. These measurable metrics allow land managers to assess tradeoffs between different silvicultural systems.