Forestry students are interested in much more than just trees. Learn about what some of our current students are up to and take a look at some of the paths UMaine is helping them to explore.
In August of 2010, I received a research assistantship as part of the Sustainability Solutions Initiative (SSI) and began my PhD in Forest Resources at the University of Maine. As part of my SSI responsibilities, I will be conducting stakeholder driven research and examining various aspects/issues as identified by family forest owners across the state of Maine.
My research is directed toward exploring participation in forest certification programs and informing whether they have achieved their primary objectives regarding economic sustainability, environmental sustainability, and social well-being.
I grew up near St. Paul, Minnesota, beside the shores of the Mighty Mississippi. Although my parents had designed and built custom cabinets my whole life, it wasn’t until I stumbled upon forestry in college that I learned exactly what it was. It was a good discovery
I am an M.S. student in the School of Forest Resources, where my research project is titled, “Land Use Change in the Lower Penobscot Watershed: Implications for Public Recreation Access.” I hold a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of Maine, having graduated in May 2006.
I am from Nepal, a highly mountainous and naturally beautiful country. I did dual undergraduates degrees in Science and Forestry in Nepal, and served for more than half decade as a forestry officer in government and non-government organizations.
Najet Bichraoui earned a Master in Master of Rudology (Social and Territorial Management of waste and pollution) of University of Maine, Le Mans in France in Mai 2006. She also holds a Master in Master of environmental engineering specialized in "Industrial security, certification and environment ", University of State of North Carolina, Greensboro. P
Mason Earles has a B.A. in Urban Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, with an emphasis on green building. He is currently pursuing his M.S. in Forest Resources, while working as a graduate research assistant for the Forest Bioproducts Research Initiative (FBRI).
I just recently began my endeavor to earn an M.S. in Ecology and Environmental Science. As a newcomer to UMaine, I am still determining exactly what my thesis research will involve. I’m definitely looking forward to experiencing all that Maine has to offer!
My work is funded through the Center for Research on Sustainable Forests, (CRSF) in particular on the Family Forests Project. Family forests are defined as forested land from 10 to 1000 acres. In Maine this accounts for over 5.7 million acres of land, with approximately 120,000 owners.
Manik joins in the Research Group for Industrial Ecology, Life Cycle Assessment and System Sustainability at the School of Forest Resources, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering University of Maine.
My master’s project involves an investigation of the relationship between family forest owners and consulting foresters, who provide the bulk of their technical assistance.
Being someone who always sought refuge in the forestlands of the Northeast (and beyond) for peace and recreation, the University of Maine School of Forest Resources was an easy choice for my undergraduate studies.
Erin Quigley is studying how stakeholders come together to address the threat of Emerald Ash Borer in Maine.
My research focuses on how various conservation mechanisms (e.g., working forest conservation easements, forest certification, public ownership, market incentives, etc.), are used to ensure forested landscapes remain intact such that future landscapes remain healthy and continue to provide society with vital services.
Michelle’s research explores factors influencing development patterns and their application to futures modeling of land uses in Maine.
“Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a Lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a Lion or a Gazelle... when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.”
I am working with Aaron Weiskittel and Laura Kenefic to compare long-term trends throughout forests of the northern US. I am comparing eight long-term silvicultural studies from Maine to Minnesota, Missouri to West Virginia.
My research project working with my advisor, Dr. John Daigle is looking at the effect of trailside interpretive signage at influencing visitor’s knowledge and attitudes toward wildlife management in the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Maine.
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.
My research looks at how leaf area can be used to evaluate density, stocking and future growth potential of eastern white pine.
My interest centers around the responses of forest to disturbance, particularly those which are human-caused. Currently, my research focuses on logging harvest trails in north and central Maine, and the impact of these trails on forest regeneration and larger landscape-scale interactions.
I graduated with a B.S. in Geography from the University of South Carolina and left my Southern roots to begin a professional Masters degree in Forestry at the University of Maine.
A lifelong Maine resident, I graduated from the University of Maine with my B.S. in Forestry and a Minor in Business Administration.
I am a Masters of Forestry student at the School of Forest Resources. As a New England native, I grew up with a love of working and recreating in the outdoors in any season.
I grew up in southern Vermont where my parents, grandparents, and uncle own and manage many acres of northern hardwood for maple syrup production. Most of my childhood memories involve traipsing around the woods “helping” do firewood with my dad and sugaring in the spring with my family. It was these experiences and many more that sparked my interest in forest management and forest ecology.
I started my B.S. in Forestry at Virginia Tech in 2002 and earned my degree in 2007. In the summer months of my undergrad years I cruised timber for the Maryland DNR Forest Service, marked timber for the BLM outside of Medford, Oregon, and fought fire and marked timber for the Lassen National Forest in California.
As a new student to the graduate program, I am still trying to figure out where my research will take me. I come from a liberal arts background (BA English), but I have chosen to pursue a Masters of Forestry degree in hopes that I will be able make some change in the world.
Upon completion of undergraduate program in Forestry from Nepal, I came to the University of Maine largely due to my current research. My research involves life cycle assessment (LCA) of biofuels production from cellulosic feedstocks.
I’m a Maine native, but after heading to Massachusetts to do my undergrad at Brandeis University, I ended up traveling all over the place - to Senegal with the Peace Corps, along the Appalachian Trail, and to North Carolina to work as a tree climber - before coming home to start my M.S. at the University of Maine.
Hailing from deep in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, I grew into a love of forest sciences during my undergraduate time at Penn State.
I was born and raised in Louisiana northeast of Baton Rouge. I am from what is known as the Florida Parishes, an area of Louisiana known for its pine timber production. My father owns timberland in the area, so I grew up in and around forestry.
With a desire to do something in the biofuels area to give the world a good change, I came to US with my Bioengineering background. Here, I got known the different culture, learned many new things and made some new friends from all over the world.
After learning about the science of forests from the Adirondack Mountains of New York State to the pine plantations that comprise the US southeast, I was introduced to Maine through working with the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit.
I have come a long way from Nepal to India to Illinois to Maine. Prior to moving to UMO I was a graduate student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. My decision to move to UMO was based on the research opportunity I was offered. My research involves sustainability assessment of bio-fuels supply chain.
I am an Ecology & Environmental Sciences doctoral student in the School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine (UMaine). I am currently broadening my academic background in environmental science by working on an interdisciplinary research project that involves citizen science with water quality and environmental communication.
I moved from Florida to Maine in summer 2008 to pursue my Masters of Science in Forest Resources at the University of Maine. The School of Forest Resources has provided me with many opportunities to further both my research and interest in forest resource education and outreach.
Increasingly, more and more landowners are posting their land to the disadvantage of many recreation users, hunters and anglers. I have an exceptional and exciting opportunity to research this dilemma. The project spearheading this investigation is called “Exploring Meaningful Incentives to Encourage Greater Public Access to Private Lands.”
Under the direction of Dr. Jessica Leahy, I am studying social capital, trust, and social networks through the collaborations formed in the community based environmental monitoring (CBEMR) program GET WET!: Groundwater Education Through Water Evaluation & Testing.
I grew up in Pennsylvania’s cherry country (Allegheny Plateau), but moved out west for college to study forestry in Rocky Mountain ponderosa pine. After completing both Bachelors and Masters forestry degrees at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, I came to the University of Maine to pursue a Ph.D.
James Marciano always has been interested in alternative energy projects and how they relate to forest ecology. As a graduate student, he’s combining the two and trying to see how the public feels about the emerging forest-based bioproducts industry.
A love of the outdoors and a desire to take full advantage of all opportunities that come her way led University of Maine forestry major Maria “Rocio” Fernandez to spend spring break volunteering on the Jatun Sacha biological reserve in Ecuador.
I grew up in Las Vegas, and after earning my bachelor’s degree in California, I came to UMaine where I’ve found professors and programs, such as the AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center and The Climate Change Institute, at the top of their fields.