Master of Science

The Master of Science in Sustainable Forest Management is appropriate for students who want two or more years of formal graduate work and who wish to develop a limited research specialization. Designed primarily for pursuing careers in research or teaching or those seeking professional development through in-depth research on a topic of interest, the MS program can be either a terminal degree or the first step toward a doctorate. The program provides an opportunity for independent research to be reported in a formal Master’s Thesis. MS students choose from one of the six SFM areas of concentration.
 
 

Areas of concentration

Forest Operations Planning and Management

Planning, organizing, and executing forest plans; enhancing supply chain efficiency and improving international competitiveness

Contact: Woodam Chung, Francisca Belart, Kevin Lyons, John Sessions, Bogdan Strimbu

 

Forest Policy Analysis and Economics

Analyzing tradeoffs in the forest and resource policy decision process; public land use policy; interpretations of regulations; markets for forest products; forest certification; theoretical and applied research related to ecosystem services

Contact: Olli-Pekka Kuusela, Tamara Cushing, Geoff Huntington, Jon Souder

 

Forest Biometrics and Geomatics

Modeling tree and stand development; forest data sampling and monitoring methods; forest measurements and assessments; mapping and data management technologies

Contacts: Temesgen Hailemariam, Michael Wing, Jim Kiser, Doug Maguire, Bogdan Strimbu

 

Silviculture, Fire and Forest Health

Manipulating site productivity and vegetation to achieve management objectives, from restoration to intensive timber production; fire ecology and fire management; forest ecosystem health

Contact: John Bailey, Anthony S. Davis, Stephen Fitzgerald, Carlos Gonzalez-Benecke, Jim Kiser, Jared LeBoldus, Doug Maguire, Matt Powers, David Shaw

 

Forest Soil and Watershed Processes

Understanding watershed conditions and processes in forested ecosystems and the effects of management activities; evaluating and improving soil and water quality and related practices and policies for forest operations

Contact: Catalina Segura, Kevin Bladon, Jeff Hatten, Jon Souder 

 

Engineering for Sustainable Forestry

Designing forest operations to achieve sustainable forest management objectives; ecological restoration operations; road design and construction

Contact: Kevin Lyons, Francisca Belart, Woodam Chung, Ben Leshchinsky, Michael OlsenCatalina Segura, John Sessions, Michael Wing