This research area aims to understand the biological processes that influence how trees grow, and how the physiological mechanisms of trees regulate ecosystem processes.
Main research themes across our faculty include
- Water, carbon, and nitrogen cycling in forest ecosystems
- Forest harvest scheduling
- Landscape planning
- Resource assessments
- GIS, GPS, and emerging technologies for forest assessments
- Forest pests and disturbance ecology
Graduate Degrees in Forest Biology
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.
Forest Biology can be pursued under the MNR, MS, and PhD degree programs. To pursue Forest Biology as an official area of emphasis, the following courses are required for each degree:
|Choose at least 1:||FORS 8030||Advanced Tree Physiology||3|
|FORS 8100||Advanced Forest Ecology||3|
|Electives:||FORS 6210||Forest Health and Protection||3|
|FORS 8080||Forest Health Seminar Series||1|
|FORS 8220/L||Advances Forest Entomology||3|
|FORS 8230/D||Tree Resistance Mechanisms and Plant Defense Theories||3|
|FORS 6777||Precision Silviculture||3|
|FORS 6030||Regional Silviculture||3|
|WASR 6000/L||Forest Soil Management||3|
|FANR 8140||Functional Genomics||3|
|PBIO 6500||Introduction to Gene Technology||3|
|HORT 8150||Plant Growth and Development||3|
*Total of 9 hours required for the area of emphasis.
For general questions about pursuing a graduate degree at Warnell, contact a member of the graduate team:
Kate deDufour, Graduate Program Administrator
Shira Hersonsky, Graduate Administrative Assistant
Prospective students should also contact faculty members for questions specific to this disciplinary area. Please check faculty members’ personal pages for information about their individual research interests and projects to ensure that you are contacting the most relevant ones.