Forestry faculty conduct research from local
to national scales in many aspects of forest resources. A common
theme across all these studies is that they use scientific approaches
to solve forest resource management problems.
Nearly all faculty in Forestry address some aspect
of forest science in their research. Studies commonly address the
effect of management practices in the structure and function of
forest ecosystems. Research areas include forest ecology, fire ecology,
soils, silviculture, growth and yield, forest products, forest hydrology,
wetland ecology, forest pests and health, GIS and remote sensing,
forest economics, carbon sequestration, agroforestry, environmental
science, and urban forestry.
Several faculty study many aspects of wildlife
biology and management. Studies focus on the linkages between the
wildlife and their habitat, and how management affects these linkages.
Research areas include reptiles, small mammals, upland game birds,
non-game birds, and large game mammals.
The faculty members who conduct research on human
dimension issues on natural resource management apply theories and
methods of social science to help understand the cultural, sociological,
psychological, economic, biological, and physical aspects of natural
resource management and environmental problem solving. Several of
the topic areas include resource interpretation, communication,
policy making, and decision-making processes.
Faculty in spatial sciences employ a theoretical and practical application
of aerial photo interpretation, satellite remote sensing, geographic
information systems and global positioning systems. Studies focus
on applying spatial science to quantify, qualify, map, monitor and
manage forested and non-forested resources from a spatial perspective.