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Michael A Jenkins

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Professor of Forest Ecology
PFEN Room 221D
715 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Dr. Mike Jenkins Website

Research Group - Ecology of Natural Systems, Forest Biology

Facilities - Forest Ecology, Soils and Silviculture Lab, John S. Wright Center

Related Careers - Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center, Center for the Environment, Purdue Climate Change Research Center, Purdue Interdisciplinary Center for Ecological Sustainability

Mike Jenkins is an Professor of Forest Ecology in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) at Purdue University. Mike received a B.S. in Botany from Eastern Illinois University in 1989, a M.S. in Forestry from University of Missouri-Columbia in 1992, and a Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from Purdue University in 1998. Before returning to Purdue, he worked for ten years as a vegetation ecologist for the National Park Service (NPS) in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. While with the NPS, Mike collaborated on a range of research projects with scientists from across the country and currently holds adjunct appointments with four universities. 

Mike’s research focuses on the interactions between disturbance and abiotic factors and their synergistic influence on ecosystem structure and function. Specifically, he is interested in how human-induced changes to native disturbance regimes and species pools have altered the distributions, interactions, and coexistence of species through changes in ecological processes. His current research projects include exotic disease effects on nutrient cycling, invasion dynamics of exotic plants following the restoration of native disturbance regimes, long-term response of understory plant communities to chronic herbivory, and acid deposition and soil chemistry as drivers of species distribution in high-elevation spruce-fir forests.

Awards & Honors

(2016) Outstanding Paper Award for 2015. Invasive Plant Science and Management (journal).

(2013) Nominee, Richard L. Kohl’s Outstanding Early Career Teaching Award. the College of Agriculture.

(2013) Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (Early Career). Department of Forestry and Natural Resources.

(2012) Nominee, Richard L. Kohl’s Outstanding Early Career Teaching Award. the College of Agriculture.

(2012) Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (Early Career). Department of Forestry and Natural Resources.

(2005) DOI National Park Service On-the-Spot Award.

(1999) USDA Forest Service National Wilderness Award for Excellence. Wilderness Management Research.

(1997) Purdue Research Foundation Environmental Research Fellowship.

(1996) Purdue Research Foundation Environmental Research Fellowship.

(1992) USDA Certificate of Merit.

Selected Publications

Parks, A., Jenkins, M., Ostry, M., Zhao, P., & Woeste, K. (2014). Biotic and abiotic factors affecting the genetic structure and diversity of butternut in the southern Appalachian Mountains, USA. Tree Genetics and Genomes, 10, 541äóñ554.

Webster, C. R., Dickinson, Y. L., Burton, J. I., Frelich, L. E., Jenkins, M. A., Kern, C. C., . . . Willis, J. L. (2018). Tamm Review: Promoting and maintaining diversity in contemporary hardwood forests: Confronting contemporary drivers of change and the loss of ecological memory. FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT, 421, 98-108. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2018.01.010

Webster, C., & Jenkins, M. (2014). Evidence of long and discontinuous juvenile periods in Trillium catesbaei under contrasting levels of herbivory. Botany, 92, 77-81.

Swaim, J. T., Dey, D. C., Saunders, M. R., Weigel, D. R., Thornton, C. D., Kabrick, J. M., & Jenkins, M. A. (2018). Overstory species response to clearcut harvest across environmental gradients in hardwood forests. FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT, 428, 66-80. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2018.06.028

Jenkins, L., Jenkins, M., Webster, C., & Zollner, P. (2014). Herbaceous layer response to 17 years of controlled deer hunting in forested natural areas. Biological Conservation, 175, 119äóñ128.

Murray, B. D., Webster, C. R., Jenkins, M. A., Saunders, M. R., & Haulton, G. S. (2016). Ungulate impacts on herbaceous-layer plant communities in even-aged and uneven-aged managed forests. Ecosphere, 7(6), e01378. doi:10.1002/ecs2.1378

Shields, J., Jenkins, M. A., Saunders, M. R., Gibson, K. D., Zollner, P. A., & Dunning, J. B. (2015). Influence of intensity and duration of invasion by Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) on mixed-hardwood forests of Indiana. INVASIVE PLANT SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT, 8, 44-56. doi:10.1614/IPSM-D-14-00044.1

Morrissey, R., Saunders, M., & Jenkins, M. (in press). Long-term spatiotemporal responses to overstory disturbance in managed and unmanaged forests. Forestry.

Morrissey, R. C., Jenkins, M. A., & Saunders, M. R. (2014). Accumulation and connectivity of coarse woody debris in partial harvest and unmanaged relict forests. PLOS ONE, 9(11), e113323. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0113323

Shields, J. M., Jenkins, M. A., Saunders, M. R., Zhang, H., Jenkins, L. H., & Parks, A. M. (2014). Age Distribution and Spatial Patterning of an Invasive Shrub inSecondary Hardwood Forests. FOREST SCIENCE, 60(5), 830-840. doi:10.5849/forsci.13-079

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