Faculty members in the Forest Resources program conduct and disseminate high-quality, objective and relevant research on forest ecosystems, the people who value them and the institutions affecting them. Our distinctive research helps policymakers make informed decisions based on a solid understanding of ecosystem conditions and socioeconomic values. From stone pine in Lebanon to grassroots nurseries in Haiti and Acacia koa in Hawaii, our research has global impact and we are making a difference all over the world.
The expertise of our diverse faculty covers a wide range of subjects, including both traditional practices and new technologies. Faculty members have received numerous awards and are recognized both nationally and internationally for their research. Current research topics include:
- Conservation biology
- Forest entomology
- Forest regeneration
- Forest genetics
- Tree improvement
- Policy/Social science
- Remote sensing
- Geographic information systems (GIS)
- Modeling of forest operations and management
- Forest hydrology
- Social ecology
- Hardwood silviculture
- Physiological ecology
- Landscape ecology
- Forest pathology
You will participate in numerous class field trips to the college’s 10,300-acre experimental forest sites as well as access to our Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research-an excellent hands-on look into nursery practices and meaningful research.
Our program provides a broad, integrated perspective of the diversity of forest ecosystems and the many resources – amenities, products, services and values – that sustainable forest management makes possible for all people.
Breakthroughs & Discoveries
Effects of Early Snowmelt: One common practice for reducing fire hazard risk is mechanical thinning or creation of gaps and fire breaks. Such forest treatments, especially in snow-dominated systems, can cause detrimental, increased snowmelt rates and peak flow increases. This leads to erosion, stream destabilization and degradation of water quality and ecosystem health. Tim Link, a forest resources hydrologist, is studying ways to connect basic forest snowmelt research to management needs. With an $84,000 McIntire-Stennis grant, Link and graduate students, Rob Lawler and Diana Carson, are developing modeling tools to improve understanding of radiation transfer, where gaps and firebreaks are typically used in fuels treatments.