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Andrews, CaitlinCaitlin Andrews Forest Resources (M.S., 2015) Aaron Weiskittel  I am studying the effects of climate change on the distribution of the spruce-fir forest type of the Acadian Region.
Arvisais, KyleArvisais, Kyle Master of Forestry (M.F., 2016) Shawn Fraver I am studying regeneration characteristics of bigtooth aspen (Populus grandidentata) and applying them to a revised management plan in stands 173 and 177 in the DeMeritt Forest, where a previous small gap harvest has taken place.
Ayrey, Elias Forest Resources (M.S., 2015) Shawn Fraver Developing an algorithm to segment 3-D tree shapes from LiDAR data, then implementing it to predict carbon content of each individual tree in the forest.
Blair, Martha Forest Resources (M.S.) John Daigle
Butak, AmandaButak, Amanda Forest Resources (M.S.) Michael Day
Carter, DavidDavid Carter Silviculture and Forest Ecology (M.S., 2015) Robert Seymour I am investigating the survival and growth dynamics of reserve trees in an expanding-gap silvicultural system 20 years after the establishment of the project.
Castle, MarkOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Forest Resources (M.S.) Aaron Weiskittel
Chen, CenOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Forest Resources (Ph.D.) Aaron Weiskittel
Cole, NeilaOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Master of Forestry (M.F.) Aaron Weiskittel
Cooper, ClarkeOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Master of Forestry (M.F., 2016) Aaron Weiskittel Pursuing the ideal of landscape forestry for small-lot owners.
Costanza, KaraCostanza, Kara Forest Resources (Ph.D.) William Livingston
Crouse, JustinCrouse, Justin Forest Resources (M.S., 2015) Mehdi Tajvidi Temperature and humidity dependent mechanical performance of nanocellulose and its composites.
Dixon, GarthGarth Dixon Master of Forestry (M.F.) Aaron Weiskittel
Doty, JonathanJonathan Dotty Master of Forestry (M.F., 2015) Bob Wagner I am working with Irving Woodlands to examine their participation in Outcome Based Forestry (OBF), an alternative forest policy in the state of Maine. My work seeks to understand what it means to practice OBF, what the benefits/drawbacks are to the landowner and the state, and the impacts of the policy upon Maine’s forested landscape.
Ellis, AmandaEllis, Amanda Forest Resources (Ph.D., 2016) John Daigle I am exploring Wabanaki access to sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata) within the context of Maine’s diminishing open land tradition.
Farrell, ElizabethElizabeth Farrell Master of Forestry (M.F.) Aaron Weiskittel
Fefer, JessicaFefer, Jessica Forest Resources (M.S., 2015) Sandra de Urioste-Stone  I am bringing together the perceptions of park managers, park planners, and recreation scientists to identify the drivers of an effective and sustainable visitor management framework in protected areas around the world.
Fuller, MorganMorgan Fuller Plant Soils and Environmental Science (M.S.) Ivan Fernandez
Ghasemi, ShokoofehShokoofeh Ghasemi Forest Resources (Ph.D.) Mehdi Tajvidi
Gorman, JanetJanet Gorman Forest Resources (M.S., 2016) Jessica Leahy  I am exploring the potential for cross-boundary invasive forest pest control among community conservation leaders and landowners in northern New England using mixed methods that consider cooperation, trust, and risk perception regarding Asian longhorned beetle and emerald ash borer.
Greene, Roger Master of Forestry (M.F.) Robert Seymour
Greenlaw, SuzanneGreenlaw, Suzanne Forest Resources (Ph.D.) John Daigle
Grimm, Samuel Forest Resources (M.S.) Robert Seymour
Hashemi, SayyedSeyyed Mohammad Hashemi Najafi Forest Resources (Ph.D.) Mehdi Tajvidi
Hiesl, Patrick Forest Resources (Ph.D., 2015) Jeffrey Benjamin I am using computer simulations to answer questions about the productivity and cost effectiveness of harvesting equipment currently operating in Maine’s woods.
Hinkley, AmyAmy Hinkley Forest Resources (M.S.) Robert Lilieholm
Hutton, Christopher “Joe”Hutton, Christopher “Joe” Forestry, Forest Operations (M.S., 2015) Jeffrey Benjamin I am studying the repair and maintenance costs of forest machines, productivity of in-woods biomass chippers, and chip quality produced by in-woods chippers to better understand the costs of producing forest biomass as a renewable energy resource.
Jennings, CaseyJennings, Casey Master of Forestry (M.F.) Robert Seymour
Johnson, ToraJohnson, Tora Forest Resources (Ph.D., 2015) Jessica Leahy I am exploring the role of dignity, involvement and trust in environmental decision making among rural communities.
Kennedy, AndrewOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Master of Forestry (M.F.) Aaron Weiskittel
Knowlton, Christopher Master of Forestry (M.F.) Robert Lilieholm
Lachance, CodyCody LaChance Forest Resources (M.S., 2016) Robert Wagner I am researching the long-term influence of soil disturbance following whole-tree harvesting on growth and composition of naturally regnerated spruce-fir stands in northern Maine. I am also investigating the effects of stand density and level of harvest removal on residual stem damage during commerical thinning operation in spruce-fir stands.
Langley, Cathie-JoCJ Forest Resources (M.S.) Michael Day
Legaard, KaseyLegaard Forest Resources (Ph.D., 2015) Steven Sader I use remote sensing, geospatial analysis, and forest landscape simulation to study forest disturbance patterns, trajectories of landscape change, and the cumulative effects of interacting forest disturbance agents.
Lewis, Elizabeth Forest Resources (M.S.) Bruce Wiersma
McEvoy, AndrewAndrew McEvoy Master of Forestry (M.F.) Jessica Leahy
Muñoz, BethanyMuñoz, Bethany Forest Resources (Ph.D., 2016) Laura Kenefic, Aaron Weiskittel I am quantifying spatial and temporal aspects of forest site productivity within the Penobscot Experimental Forest, Bradley, Maine.
Patel, KaizadPatel, Kaizad Ecology and Environmental Sciences (Ph.D.) Ivan Fernandez
Puhlick, JoshuaStudent Forest Resources (Ph.D.) Aaron Weiskittel My research involves evaluating the influence of 60 years of different silvicultural and harvesting regimes on carbon storage on the Penobscot Experimental Forest in Maine.
Richley, AndrewRichley Master of Forestry (M.F.) Robert Seymour
Rutenbeck, Nathan Silviculture and Forest Ecology (Ph.D.) Robert Seymour My dissertation research focuses specifically on the effect of natural disturbance-based expanding-gap (femelschlag) silvicultural treatments on the spatial and temporal dynamics of regeneration composition and growth in the Acadian forest.
Sandilands, DavidSandilands, David Forest Resources (M.S., 2015) Steven Sader I am evaluating the suitability of 3D image point clouds obtained through small-format aerial photogrammetry techniques to estimate local forest stand parameters.
Scaccia, MatthewScaccia, Matthew Forest Resources (M.S., 2015) Sandra de Urioste-Stone I am conducting studies on Maine residents’ attitudes toward sustainable tourism, the effects of climate change on tourism in Maine, and outdoor recreation planning.
Schlager, ErinSchlager, Erin Forest Resources (M.S.) Sandra de Urioste-Stone
Silver, EmilyEmily Forest Resources (Ph.D., 2015) Jessica Leahy, Aaron Weiskittel I am interested in multiple aspects of land use history, current land use policy, silviculture and forest management, and most currently how humans interact with forest resources.
Stapp, JaredJared Strapp Ecology and Environmental Sciences (M.S., 2015) Robert Lilieholm I am linking empirical forest cover trends, community attitudes, and
policies in place to better understand community-based forest resource
management in the buffer zone surrounding Chitwan National Park, Nepal.
Szwedo, Paul Master of Forestry (M.F.) Robert Seymour
Teets, AaronAaron Teets Forest Resources (M.S.) Shawn Fraver
Thompson, MichaelMichael Thompson Forest Ecology (Ph.D., 2017) Shawn Fraver I’m studying the composition and structure of late successional and old growth forests in the Acadian Forest of the Northeastern US.
Tizezew, SisayTizesew Sisay Forest Resources (M.S., 2017) Jessica Leahy Women and Environmental Degradation in Ethiopia.
Tripathi, JayaOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Wood Science and Technology (M.S., 2016) Robert Rice I am looking hygrothermal movement and thermal insulation value of Cross- Laminated Timber wall systems used in buildings.
Wang, LuWang, Lu Bioproducts & Bioenergy (Ph.D., 2017) Douglas Gardner I am ultilizing nature nanofibers to reinforce plastics made by additive manufacturing. This will expand the scope of the materials used in AM and the resulting products can be used in industries like construction, automobile, electronics, biomedical, packaging and etc.
Weil, KristenKristen Weil Ecology and Environmental Sciences (M.S., 2015) Robert Lilieholm,Chris Cronan I am modelling the relationship between watershed characteristics and stream biological community to determine stream vulnerability across the State of Maine.
Wesely, NathanNathan Wesley Forest Resources (M.S.) Shawn Fraver, Laura Kenefic
Wilkins, EmilyEmily Wilkins Forest Resources (M.S., 2016) Sandra de Urioste-Stone I am looking at the impact of past weather on visitation and tourism-related spending in three regions of Maine to better understand how changing weather could affect tourism-dependent communities.
Yildirim, NadirYildirim, Nadir Forest Resources (Ph.D., 2016) Stephen Shaler My research interest covers nanocomposites, micro and nano cellular structures, their cradle to grave production process and evaluation of their physical, morphological, thermal and nanomechanical properties.
Yousefi, Niloofar Forest Resources (M.S.) Mehdi Tajvidi



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