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

Contacts: Woodam Chung (Lead), Francisca Belart, Kevin Lyons, Bogdan Strimbu, Heesung Woo


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

Contacts: Mindy Crandall (Lead), Andres Susaeta


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: Michael Wing (Lead), Temesgen HailemariamJim Kiser, Jacob PutneyBogdan Strimbu


Silviculture, Fire, Forest Health, and Biodiversity

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

Contacts: Matt Powers (Lead), John Bailey, Chris DunnStephen Fitzgerald, Carlos Gonzalez-Benecke, Jim Kiser, Jared LeBoldus, John PunchesJacob Putney, Jim Rivers, Mark Swanson


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

Contacts: Catalina Segura (Lead), Kevin Bladon, Jeff Hatten, Georgia Seyfried


Engineering for Sustainable Forestry

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

Contacts: Kevin Lyons (Lead), Francisca BelartBen Leshchinsky, Michael OlsenCatalina SeguraMichael Wing