Research - Forest Science

Advance basic knowledge of forest ecosystems, as well as the physiology, genetics, and growth of hardwood trees, to provide for the health and sustained productivity of the forests of the Central Hardwood Region, both in rural and urban settings.

Faculty
Dr. Songlin Fei
Spatial analysis and pattern recognition, invasive species distribution modeling and forest ecosystem dynamic modeling

Dr. Morgan Furze
Tree physiology and ecology, carbohydrate reserve dynamics, responses to global change

Dr. Matt Ginzel
Chemically mediated host location and colonization behavior of wood-boring insects

Dr. Brady Hardiman
Ecosystem responses to anthropogenic modification including disturbance, management, land-use change associated with urbanization, remote sensing, and ecosystem modeling.

Dr. Douglass Jacobs
Forest tree regeneration including nursery culture, outplanting and early stand management

Dr. Michael Jenkins
Effects of invasive species on ecosystem structure and function, forest ecosystem response to disturbances

Dr. Michael Saunders
Disturbance-based silviculture/ecological forestry, restoration ecology in forested systems

Dr. Patrick Zollner
Behavioral eco​logy of ecological landscapes, forest management in changing landscapes, animal movements

Areas of Specialization

  • Forest Ecology
  • Forest Soils
  • Silviculture
  • Tree Physiology
  • Urban Forestry

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View our nine research areas along with our world-class faculty.

There has been substantial debate in recent months about how to best manage Indiana’s state forests. Unfortunately, some information presented about forest management on the web, in letters to state government, and in op-ed articles to newspapers and other outlets has included statements that are not consistent with results from decades of forest and wildlife research. We believe that the public-policy debate on forest management in Indiana would benefit from clarification of key concepts and what research findings have generally concluded.

Purdue centers seek to support and enhance the research and partnership enterprise at Purdue University. The centers are valued and encouraged at Purdue as they create a venue for faculty to come together to pursue common goals. Forestry and Natural Resources have faculty and staff involved in six centers here at the University.

The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources maintains an impressive collection of state-of-the-art research and education facilities. These labs, green houses, and educational facilities are a fundamental component that enables our faculty and students to learn, make new discoveries, and engage our clients in using these discoveries to sustain our nation’s ecosystems and natural resources.​

The mission of the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is to develop and disseminate knowledge in the natural resource sciences associated with the protection, management, and sustainable use of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. One way the department accomplishes our mission is by owning and managing 24 properties located throughout the state to provide opportunities for research, extension, and education that achieves sustainable use of our natural resources.

See Our Forest Science Stories

Professor emeritus Carl Eckelman sits in front of his 89th birthday cake; a least bell vireo sits on a branch; a juvenile eastern hellbender found in the Blue River in the summer of 2023
FNR's Most Read Stories of 2023

In 2023, our FNR website featured news stories on topics ranging from student, faculty, staff and...

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From centuries-old, hand-drawn maps to LiDAR lasers & the role of both in forestry
From centuries-old, hand-drawn maps to LiDAR lasers & the role of both in forestry

An army of bow saws and boots march through dense thickets of forest patches in the Chicago...

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The walnut plantation at Martell Forest.
Detection & Prediction: How technology is fighting a future of tree diseases and invasive insects

The black walnut tree (Juglans nigra), prized for its rich, dark color in hardwood furniture and...

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Logos for the American Fisheries Society, Society of American Forestry and The Wildlife Society conventions/conferences
FNR Research Was Well-Represented at Fall Organizational Conferences

Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources and the cutting-edge research being performed by its...

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Jack Seifert surveys the damage of the 2012 tornado in Clark State Forest.
Seifert Honored with Chase S. Osborn Award for Wildlife Conservation

John “Jack” R. Seifert, a St. Louis native, has contributed to wildlife conservation...

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Panoramic photo of Kaitlyn Young in the Woods
Forestry for the Birds: Kaitlyn Young’s internship and future connecting Indiana woodlands to her “favorite feathered friends”

The crunch of fallen twigs and dry brown leaves under your hiking boots is all but background...

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