New project will prototype robotic monitoring of local water quality
Forest Resources Professor Ingrid Schneider is part of a multidisciplinary team awarded a 2023 Institute on the Environment Impact Goal grant to assess the potential for robotic monitoring of local water quality.
Now hiring: Academic Program Coordinator
The Department of Forest Resources is recruiting for an Academic Program Coordinator (SS Pro 2-Multidiscipline, 8462MD). This position plays the primary role in administration of the academic programs for the Forest and Natural Resource Management (FNRM) undergraduate program, the Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management (ESPM) undergraduate program, and the Natural Resources Science and Management (NR) graduate program.
Global contribution of soil mosses to ecosystem services
Forest Resources faculty member Peter Reich was a coauthor of "The global contribution of soil mosses to ecosystem services," a new paper published in Nature Geoscience. Per the paper's abstract, the results of the team's research highlight "the contribution of mosses to soil life and functions and the need to conserve these important organisms to support healthy soils."
Linked disturbance in the temperate forest: Earthworms, deer, and canopy gaps.
"Linked disturbance in the temperate forest: Earthworms, deer, and canopy gaps," a new paper co-authored by Department of Forest Resources Adjunct Professor and Center for Forest Ecology Director Lee Frelich, was published in Ecology. Per the paper, research shows that "earthworm invasion is linked to deer presence and gap-creating disturbances, which provides new insight in multiple disturbance theory, aboveground–belowground dynamics, and temperate forest management."
U of M announces national artificial intelligence research institute
The University of Minnesota announced that it will receive a grant to lead a new National Artificial Intelligence Research Institute, called the AI Institute for Climate-Land Interactions, Mitigation, Adaptation, Tradeoffs and Economy (AI-CLIMATE), in an effort to develop climate-smart forestry and agricultural practices.
Researchers hope to bring elms back to Minnesota's tree canopy
University of Minnesota researchers, including Urban Forestry Outreach & Research (UFOR) manager Ryan Murphy, helped to plant about 80 disease-resistant American elms at a public event in Bloomington. The trees are part of the U of M's Elm Selection Program, which seeks to restore elms to the ecosystem following decades of loss due to Dutch elm disease.
John Zobel wins Richard C Newman Art of Teaching Award
John Zobel was awarded the 2023 Richard C Newman Art of Teaching Award at the CFANS All-College Assembly and Honors and Awards presentation.
"UMN initiatives could improve relationships with Indigenous groups" by MN Daily
Minnesota Daily's recent article "UMN initiatives could improve relationships with Indigenous groups" describes the benefits and opportunities of the proposed Cloquet Forestry Center land transfer.
The Giving Forest
Forest Resources Assistant Professor Mike Dockry is quoted throughout the New York Times' recent article "The Giving Forest" by climate reporter Cara Buckley. The article shares about the Menominee forest, which has been sustainably managed and logged by the Menominee Tribe for 160 years. Yet labor shortages are making it tough for tribal loggers to keep up with demand, and the forest's health may take a hit as a result.
Season Watch opens doors to the wonders of phenology
Tour the new Season Watch website, which invites people to learn about Minnesota's cycles of nature and learn about the wonders of phenology, with Season Watch researcher and program coordinator Abbie Anderson. Season Watch encourages self-learning through exploration and observation – and aims to establish foundational awareness of phenology, thus preparing the next generation of Minnesotans to think and care about different living systems.