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. While various partial harvest regimes have become widespread in Maine, we have gaps in our knowledge regarding changes in the composition of understory regeneration, and well as the implications for long term productivity since a sizeable amount of a given land tract could be locked in trail space. My advisors Laura Kenefic and Jeremy Wilson are generously donating their time to mentor me on this project.
I grew up received my education in southern Minnesota, obtaining a biology degree from Minnesota State – Mankato. I’ve spent time doing invasive species monitoring, wildland fire suppression, and following many current and future natural resource managers through the woods. Good forestry gives us the opportunity to leave our natural resources in better shape than we found them, and I hope to play a role in perpetuating that legacy. When the opportunity presented itself to pursue a MS at UMaine, I jumped at it. The area has plenty to do if you love the outdoors, the research being done by the School of Forest Resources is interesting and applicable, and I’ve met some great people in the program.
While away from my studies, I can likely be found on exercising the roads and trails. I’m a competitive cyclist who rides outside year round. In previous incarnations I’ve been a collegiate distance runner, cross country skiier, snowshoe racer, and an ultramarathoner. My wife and I have cultivated a passion for the trails of Maine, going on long runs and hiking the peaks of the Northeast with our Jack Russell terrier, Willow.