Patrick Hiesl

Patrick Hiesl
M.S. Student

School of Forest Resources
5755 Nutting Hall, Room 127
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469

Mobile:  (207) 974-6451

Research Interest

Working with mechanical systems of all kind has been part of my education and work experience. Forest operations combines the two fields of my interest, forestry and engineering. My current research is in the development of productivity functions for whole-tree and cut-to-length systems in Maine. Due to my work in the field with foresters and contractors I have seen quite a bit of the state of Maine as well as the daily issues a forester and contractor has to deal with. I could also observe some of the bottlenecks that are existent in forest operations and my future goal is to work on a process improvement project to reduce the impact of those bottlenecks and to increase the productivity of harvesting equipment.



09/2011 – present: University of Maine, Orono, ME: M.Sc. Program in Forest Resources with concentration in Forest Operations

10/2006 – 02/2010: University of Applied Forest Sciences, Rottenburg a.N., Germany: B.Sc. Forest Management with Specialization in Geographic Information Systems and Landscape Management

Thesis topic: “The necessity of identifying soil texture classes in context with ecosite mapping in the Peace River area in Alberta, Canada.”

09/2001 – 07/2004: Kaltenbach and Voigt GmbH & Co. KG, Biberach, Germany. Qualified IT specialist trainee


Professional Experience

09/2011 – present:  Graduate Research Assistant , School of Forest Resources, University of Maine, Orono, ME

05/2011 – 08/2011: University of Maine, Cooperative Forestry Research Unit (CFRU). Crew Leader

07/2010 – 09/2010: Weberville Community Model Forest, Peace River, Alberta, Canada. Forest Technician

08/2009 – 11/2009: Weberville Community Model Forest, Peace River, Alberta, Canada. Forest Technician

08/2008 – 02/2009: FPInnovations-FERIC, Peace River Office, Peace River, Alberta, Canada. Forest Technician Intern

08/2007 – 10/2010: Axel Schust Elektroanlagen, Biberach, Germany. Office Manager

06/2006 – 07/2006: State Forestry Department, Biberach, Germany. Lumberjack intern


Publications and Presentations

Hiesl, P. and J.G. Benjamin. 2012.  Cycle Time Analysis of Harvesting Equipment from an Early Commercial Thinning Treatment in Maine.  Paper presented at the 35th Council on Forest Engineering: Engineering New Solutions for Energy Supply and Demand. New Bern, NC. September 9-12, 2012.

Hiesl, P. and J.G. Benjamin. 2012. Cycle Time Analysis of Harvesting Equipment for Early Commercial Thinning Treatments. New England Regional Council on Forest Engineering Annual Meeting – Student Poster Session. University of Maine, Orono, ME. March 5-6, 2012.


Professional Memberships

  • Society of American Foresters


Skills and Interests

  • Proficiency with MS Office, MS Access, MS Visio, ArcGIS 9.3 and 10.1, Statistical Software Package R
  • Experience with ERDAS Imagine 2011, programming languages PHP, HTML, CSS, SQL
  • Avid hunter and fishermen