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Forest Biology


Biotechnology/Molecular Biology/Genomics

Scott Harding
John Maerz
Scott Merkle
Joseph Nairn
C.J. Tsai


Doug Aubrey
Kamal Ghandi
Jeff Hepinstall-Cymerman
Elizabeth King
Daniel Markewitz
Nathan Nibbelink
Robert Teskey
Dehai Zhao


Scott Merkle
C.J. Tsai


Doug Aubrey
Robert Teskey

Wood Quality

Bronson Bullock
Joseph Dahlen
Richard Daniels
C.J. Tsai

Health and Protection

Kamal Gandhi


Tree growth and the development of forest stands are both controlled by a complex suite of biological and physical factors. The primary goal of the Forest Biology program is to generate and maintain healthy, productive forests by studying basic biological processes that influence forest development and function. The interaction of these processes with each other and with the physical environment also are studied by many of our faculty. Areas of specialization within Forest Biology include biotechnology, ecology, genetics, physiology, silviculture and soils. Integration of areas is encouraged. Advanced degrees in these areas can lead to careers in government, university and industrial research, and when appropriate, to careers in forest land management. Interdisciplinary programs combining forest resources with other fields, such as plant sciences, biochemistry, or genetics, also are available.