Director of HTIRC

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Matthew D. Ginzel

 Professor of Forest Entomology

Google Scholar profile Dr. Ginzel is a forest entomologist with expertise in chemical ecology; and he combines these areas of expertise to develop methods for reducing the impact of native and exotic insect pests of hardwoods. Learn More

Research Scientists

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Vikram E. Chhatre

USDA Forest Service, Research Geneticist

Google Scholar profile or  Dr. Chhatre is a population geneticist and computational biologist. His research focuses on the evolution in natural populations of forest trees and on understanding the distribution of standing genetic variation across landscape.

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Anna Conrad

Research Plant Pathologist

Google Scholar Profile  or  Dr. Conrad is interested in understanding genetic and biochemical mechanisms of tree resistance to pathogens. Her research focuses on developing more rapid phenotyping tools to facilitate resistant tree breeding and disease management. Current research efforts are focused on the use of vibrational spectroscopy and machine learning for early disease detection and identification of disease resistant trees. Learn More

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John Couture

Associate Professor of Entomology

Google Scholar profile Plant and insect chemical ecology, biochemical spectroscopy, landscape and ecosystem ecology, global change ecology, community ecology, plant defense theory, gene x environment interactions, trophic-level interactions, remote sensing, ecosystem monitoring. Learn More

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Songlin Fei

Professor and Dean’s Chair of Remote Sensing

Google Scholar profile Dr. Fei’s research program has two primary directions. The first arm of my research program focuses on mapping and modeling of invasive exotic species (IES). The other arm of my research program focuses on large-scale ecosystem dynamics in forests in the eastern United States. Learn More

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Brady S. Hardiman

Associate Professor of Urban Ecology

Google Scholar profile Brady’s research focuses on understanding the interaction of structure and function in coupled natural and human ecosystems. Specific interests include the role of vegetation in urban carbon cycling and the influence of forest canopy structure on long-term carbon sequestration rates. His research is directed toward improving management strategies for urban and rural forests to optimize provision of ecosystem services such as carbon storage and climate mitigation. Learn More

Douglass F. Jacobs

Douglass F. Jacobs

Fred M. van Eck Professor of Forest Biology, Associate Head in the Department of Extension, Director of the Tropical HTIRC

Google Scholar profile Dr. Jacobs’ research focuses on the ecophysiology of forest regeneration in response to management and environmental stress. He has specific expertise in nursery systems, plant quality, and plantation establishment to promote reforestation and restoration of threatened forest trees or degraded sites. Learn More

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Michael A. Jenkins

Professor of Forest Ecology

Google Scholar profile Dr. Jenkins’ research focuses on the interactions between disturbance and abiotic factors and their synergistic influence on ecosystem structure and function. Specifically, he is interested in how human-induced changes to native disturbance regimes and species pools have altered the distributions, interactions, and coexistence of species through changes in ecological processes. Learn More

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Shaneka S. Lawson

USDA Forest Service, Research Plant Physiologist & Adjunct Assistant Professor

Google Scholar profile or Dr. Lawson’s research interests are bioinformatics (genomics, transcriptomics), evaluating differences in the gene expression of forest trees responding to abiotic stress. She also researches the process of figure formation in wood. Learn More

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Jingjing Liang

Associate Professor of Quantitative Forest Ecology

Google Scholar profile Dr. Liang is a co-director of the Lab of Forest Advanced Computing and Artificial Intelligence (FACAI) and GFBI Hub-Purdue. His research interest is connecting machine learning and big data in studying fundamental questions in biodiversity and ecosystem processes, ecological and socioeconomic impacts of biological conservation, and forest resource modeling and assessment. Learn More

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Richard Meilan

Professor of Molecular Tree Physiology (Emeritus)

Google Scholar profile Dr. Meilan uses molecular tools to investigate the genetic mechanisms by which key aspects of tree growth and development are controlled.  He is also attempting to domesticate and add value to various tree species by genetically engineering them to express genes that impact environmentally beneficial and commercially important traits. Learn More

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Carolyn “Carrie” Pike

USDA Forest Service, Eastern Region State and Private  Forestry Regeneration Specialist & Adjunct Assistant Professor or Dr. Pike has extensive experience with tree breeding, conducting applied research, and establishing and analyzing common garden studies. She provides technical assistance state nurseries in the Eastern Region State and Private Forestry, and providing advice on genetics and restoration programs nationwide through her involvement in the RNGR program. Learn More

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Michael R. Saunders

Associate Professor of Ecology and Natural Resources

Google Scholar profile Research in the Saunders’ lab centers on the improvement of hardwood silviculture in deciduous forests of North America. His portfolio is diverse, ranging from mid-rotation pruning and thinning practices in precision silviculture systems to development of natural disturbance-based approaches for restoration silviculture systems. Learn More

Dr. Guofan Shao

Guofan Shao

Professor of Remote Sensing

Google Scholar profile Dr. Shao’s overall research interest is digital forestry technologies (DFT), including remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), forest modeling, and forestry decision-support systems (DSS). Shao applies DFT in better understanding forest landscape changes and sustaining the management of forest resources. Dr. Shao is especially interested in developing algorithms for accurate land use and land cover mapping with remote sensing, developing web-based GIS protocols for land use analysis and forest conservation, developing applicable forest simulation models for forestry professionals, and developing user-friendly forestry DSS for assisting forestry decision making.  Learn More

Mo Zhou

Mo Zhou

Associate Professor of Forest Economics and Management

Google Scholar profile Dr. Zhou’s primary research interests at present are 1) integrating economic theory and data science to value nonmarket goods in forests and derive landowners’ preferences and their interactions; 2) optimal decision making in forest management under risk and uncertainty induced by climate change; 3) economics of forest biodiversity at large scale; 4) dynamics of timber market and trade of forest products. Learn More