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Forest Resources Graduate Program

A Forest Resources M.S. or Ph.D. degree typically addresses one or more of the following areas in forestry: forest resource management, forest biology, environmental concerns, and wood products.

As a graduate student you will work closely with your faculty adviser (link to list of faculty with description of research interests) and committee members in designing a program of study and research adapted to your interests.

Graduate research projects typically address one or more of the following areas:

  • Forest Resources Management: Quantitative forest management systems, economics, biometrics, remote sensing, forest recreation, policy and sociology, watershed management practices, urban forestry
  • Forest Biology: Genetics and breeding, ecology, silviculture, revegetation of disturbed lands, reproduction of hardwoods
  • Environmental Concerns: Acid precipitation effects, forest microclimatology, municipal wastewater and sludge effects, reclamation of mined lands, urban forestry, water yield and quality
  • Wood Products: Wood anatomy and ultrastructure, wood composite properties, wood degradation and preservation, engineered wood products, recycled wood fiber composites, processing and manufacturing systems, industrial production management, business to business marketing, pulp and paper products, chemical and mechanical properties, wood products regional and international marketing

In addition, students may elect the Watershed Stewardship Option to focus on interdisciplinary watershed planning and management involving case problems in actual Pennsylvania watersheds.