Forest Biology

​​ Shoot Cultures

Advanc​e 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.


  • Jeffrey Dukes
    • Community, ecosystem, and global ecology; biodiversity and biological invasions; ecosystem impacts of global environmental change
  • Songlin Fei
    • Spatial analysis and pattern recognition, invasive species distribution modeling and forest ecosystem dynamic modeling
  • Matt Ginzel
    • Chemically mediated host location and colonization behavior of wood-boring insects
  • Douglass Jacobs
    • Forest tree regeneration including nursery culture, outplanting and early stand management
  • Michael Jenkins
    • Effects of invasive species on ecosystem structure and function, forest ecosystem response to disturbances
  • Richard Meilan
    • Plant genes affecting lignin composition, phytoremediation, heartwood and figured wood formation, root initiation, and water-use efficiency
  • George Parker
    • (Emeritus)
  • Phillip Pope
    • Nutrient recycling in hardwood forests, soil-site management of natural and planted hardwood forests
  • Michael Saunders
    • Disturbance-based silviculture/ecological foresty, restoration ecology in forested systems
  • Patrick Zollner
    • Behavioral eco​logy of ecological landscapes, forest management in changing landscapes, animal movements


Graduate Areas of Specialization
  • Forest Ecology
  • Forest Soils
  • Silviculture
  • Tree Physiology
  • Urban Forestry
Lab Links To the Graduate Student page


Downloadable Plan of Study for Forestry (pdf .069MB)

Undergraduate students work with faculty and staff in the Office of Student Services to select courses that fulfill their interests and requirements of their major.

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