Robert Seymour

Bob SeymourCurtis Hutchins Professor of Forest Resources (Quantitative Silviculture)
211 Nutting Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5755

  • Ph.D. Yale Univ. (1980)
  • M.F. Yale Univ. (1976)
  • B.S. Ohio State Univ. (1974)

I’ve had a life-long passion for trees and forests, ranging from inspirational old-growth to intensively managed production forests.  For over two decades, my research has focused on the production ecology of Maine’s conifers, including ways to predict tree leaf area and growth efficiency.  I’ve been a career-long advocate and researcher of ecologically based silvicultural systems, and have a growing interest in disturbance ecology and tree-ring analysis.  I integrate my research experience into my graduate courses, including Forest Stand Dynamics and The Spruce-fir Industrial Ecosystem, and teach the core undergraduate Silviculture course that emphasizes advanced, contemporary treatments for complex, mixed-species, natural forests. Since 1994, I’ve been active in forest certification, mainly as a team member/leader of large FSC projects in the eastern U.S.  I take full advantage of Maine as a year-round outdoor paradise, where I fish, cross-country ski, paddle whitewater, or hike whenever time permits.

Honors and Awards:

  • Pew Fellow in Conservation and the Environment (1995-97)
  • Outstanding Public Service Award, College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture, 2003
  • G. Peirce and Florence Pitts Webber Outstanding Forestry Teacher Award, 2005
  • G. Peirce and Florence Pitts Webber Outstanding Forestry Researcher Award, 2011
  • Fellow, Society of American Foresters, 2008
  • First  Northern Forest Researcher profiled by the Northeast States Research Cooperative.