Current Projects

Our research spans the continents, from our base in this diverse Lake Superior environment to biofuel exploration encompassing six countries, three languages, 36 organizations, and more than 100 researchers. Explore our projects by program, and learn more about our publicly funded work. Use search box filtering options to search research projects by investigator and centers or institutes.

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Black Ash Wetland Ecosystem Processes

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Fengjing Liu
Co-PI: Andrew Storer
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Assess Vulnerability of Park Ecosystems to Climate Change

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Kristen Schmitt
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Scarification for NHSEED Project

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Yvette Dickinson
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Evaluating Changes in Soil Carbon after Land Management in a Changing Climate

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Martin Jurgensen
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Response of Forest and Peatland Ecosystems to Environmental Change: A Continuation

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Evan Kane
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Peat Accumulation Rates in Lake Superior Forested Wetlands

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Evan Kane
Co-PI: Rodney Chimner
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Web Development for the USDA Climate Hubs

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Patricia Butler
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Validating and Demonstrating Forest Road Surfacing Technology to Protect Soil and Water Resources in an Actively Managed Forest

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Matthew Kelly
Co-PI: James Schmierer
Co-PI: Joseph Wagenbrenner
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Reinvigorating KISMA: Improved Collaborative Planning and Control of Invasive Species

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Sigrid Resh
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Engineering Performance Characteristics of Hardwood Cross Laminated Timber (CLT)

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Xinfeng Xie
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Coastal Wetland Re-Connection

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Curtis Edson
Co-PI: Ann Maclean
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Climate Change Forests and Water: Adaptation Resources Tools and Demonstrations

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Patricia Butler
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Responding to Climate Change Risks: Services for the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Kristen Schmitt
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Effect of Silvicultural Practices on the Physical and Mechanical Properties of Lakes States Hardwoods

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Yvette Dickinson
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Bonding Mixed Species for Advanced Biomaterials

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Xinfeng Xie
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Genetic Identification of Northern Pin Oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis E.J. Hill) and Genetic Differentiation from Quercus rubra L. at Adaptive Genes in the Huron Mountain Wildlife Reserve

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Sanders
Co-PI: Oliver Gailing
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Michigan Tech and US Forest Service KISMA Agreement

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Sigrid Resh
Co-PI: Christopher Webster
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Great Lakes Northern Forest CESU: Beech Reintroduction at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Yvette Dickinson
Co-PI: Andrew Storer
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Climate Change Resource Center: Responding to Forest Threats and Climate Change

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Kristen Schmitt
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Ottawa NF-wide Monitoring for Invasive Earthworms and Forest Soils to Inform Landscape-scale Management and Restoration

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Blair Orr
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Radiocarbon Collaborative and Graphite Lab Operation

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Paula Zermeno
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Analysis of Nutrient Poor Sandy Soils of Wisconsin

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Evan Kane
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Support of the USDA Northern Forest Climate Hub

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Kristen Schmitt
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Web Development for Climate Change Science Delivery

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Kristen Schmitt
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Measurement and Simulation of Carbon Stocks in African Mangroves

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Andrew Burton
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

National Woodland Owner Survey (NWOS) Analytical and Outreach Support

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Robert Froese
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Wood Stake Decomposition in Forest and Urban Soils

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Martin Jurgensen
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Utility of STERILE APETALA (SAP) for Development of a Sterility Transgenic Containment Technology in Poplar

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Victor Busov
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Life Science and Technology Institute (LSTI)

Developing a Restoration Management and Long-Term Monitoring Plan for the Former Huron Bay Hunt Club Baraga County Michigan

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Rodney Chimner
Co-PI: James Bess
Co-PI: Christopher Webster
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Dissolved Organic Matter Movement Across a Terrestrial-River-Coastal Interface

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Evan Kane
Co-PI: Karl Meingast
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Wood Decomposition: Understanding Processes Regulating Carbon Transfer to Soil Carbon Pools using FACE Wood at Multiple Scales

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Andrew Burton
Co-PI: Martin Jurgensen
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Ensuring Salvaged Beetle-killed Trees are Utilized for the Highest and Best Use through the Application of New Technologies

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Yvette Dickinson
Co-PI: John Forsman
Co-PI: Mark Rudnicki
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Michigan Wood Innovation Action Team

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Mark Rudnicki
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Compiling a High Spatial-Resolution Database of Barriers to Aquatic Organism Passage in the North Branch of the Paint River Watershed

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Joseph Wagenbrenner
Co-PI: Casey Huckins
Co-PI: David Watkins
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC)

CNH-RCN: Andes Bofedales and Cattle: The Impacts of Changing Hydrology and Glacial Retreat on Community Livelihoods in Peru's Cordillera Blanca

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Rodney Chimner
Co-PI: Sigrid Resh
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Increasing Biodiversity and Habitat Complexity in Invaded Wetlands

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Amy Schrank
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Wolf-Moose Population Monitoring Isle Royale National Park

Investigators
Principal Investigator: John Vucetich
Co-PI: Rolf Peterson
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

EAGER: Vertebrate Food Web Structure and Complexity at Predator-Derived Versus Human-Derived Resource Hotspots

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Joseph Bump
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Forest Adaptation to Climate Change: Science Planning and Implementation

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Patricia Butler
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Isle Royale Institute Support

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Kenneth Vrana
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Climate Change Science Assessment Synthesis and Science Delivery

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Patricia Butler
Co-PI: Robert Froese
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Science Delivery for Climate Change and Ecosystem Management

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Kristen Schmitt
Co-PI: Kailey Marcinkowski
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Basin-Wide Decision Support for Connectivity Restoration: Expanding an Online Tool to Facilitate High-Resolution Species-Specific Analyses

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Casey Huckins
Co-PI: David Watkins
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC)

Using Thermal Modification Technology to Add Value to Small-Diameter Logs from Underutilized Species

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Peter Laks
Co-PI: Glenn Larkin
Co-PI: Dana Richter
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Developing Baseline Metrics to Evaluate and Monitor American Woodcock Habitat Management on Private Lands

Investigators
Principal Investigator: David Flaspohler
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Future of Black Ash Wetlands

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Joseph Wagenbrenner
Co-PI: Andrew Storer
Co-PI: Catherine Tarasoff
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Collaborative Research: ABI Innovation: "Plant Genotype-Phenotype (G2P) Association Discovery via Integrative Genome-scale Biological Network & Genome-wide Association Analysis

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Hairong Wei
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Life Science and Technology Institute (LSTI)

Effects of Erosion Mitigation Treatments and Post-fire Salvage Logging on Hillslope Erosion

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Joseph Wagenbrenner
Co-PI: Casey Huckins
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

A Silvicultural System for Conserving Biodiversity and Enhancing Ecosystem Services in Xeric Jack Pine Forests of the Lake States Region

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Robert Froese
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Cross-Site Study of Harvest Gaps-Tree Regeneration in Group Openings With and Without Seed-Trees

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Christopher Webster
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Predator Control of Carrion Resources and Associated Ecological Heterogeneity

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Joseph Bump
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Instability Contingency and Global Change in a Terrestrial Food Chain

Investigators
Principal Investigator: John Vucetich
Co-PI: Rolf Peterson
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Assessment of the Microbiome During Early Stages of Wood Decomposition

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Andrew Burton
Co-PI: Martin Jurgensen
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Collaboration for Research and Capacity Building in Wetland Carbon Cycling in Tropical Ecosystems

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Rodney Chimner
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Carbon Research and Management

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Patricia Butler
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Effects of Warming on Tropical Forest Carbon Cycling: Investigating Temperature Regulation of Key Tropical Tree and Soil

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Molly Cavaleri
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Belowground Ecosystem Ecologist

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Evan Kane
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Long-term Changes in Peatland C Fluxes and the Interactive Roles of Soil Climate Vegetation and Redox Supply in Governing Anaerobic Microbial Activity

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Evan Kane
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

Collaborative LTREB Renewal: Long-Term Ecosystem Response to Chronic Atmospheric Nitrate Deposition

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Andrew Burton
College/School: School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Department(s): School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)