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Welcome New Assistant Professor, Dr. Joe Wagenbrenner

Dr. Joe WagenbrennerWe are proud to be welcoming Dr. Joe Wagenbrenner to the School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science. Dr. Wagenbrenner will be filling the position of Assistant Professor of Forest Hydrology. His areas of expertise are forest hydrology, effects of wildfire on hydrologic processes, erosion and sediment transport, and land use/disturbance hydrology.

Most of Dr. Wagenbrenner’s research has focused on quantifying the effects of wildfire on runoff and erosion and measuring how well these effects can be mitigated. He is also interested in erosion and sediment transport in unburned landscapes.

Dr. Wagenbrenner will be teaching classes in forest hydrology.

2012 Alumni Brunch

Attention alumni! We cordially invite you to attend the 2012 Michigan Tech School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science Alumni Reunion Brunch on Saturday, August 4, 2012. We invite you to meet our new dean, Terry Sharik, and to congratulate this year’s Outstanding Alumnus (Jake Hayrynen), Outstanding Young Alumnus (Brandon Bal), and to welcome the newest member of the program’s Honor Academy, Keith Creagh.

Brunch will begin at 9:30am in the Hesterberg Atrium of the U.J. Noblet Forestry Building. Please register for this free event at or you may contact Amy Krause at 906-487-1898/email:

Former SFRES faculty member C. Richard Crowther dies

C. Richard CrowtherC. Richard Crowther, a retired SFRES faculty member, died on July 6 in Escanaba. He was 87.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Crowther earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry and Master of Science in Forestry Management from Iowa State College. He joined the Michigan Tech faculty as an instructor in 1956, completing his PhD in 1971 while teaching at Tech. He retired as a full professor in 1985.

A professor of silviculture, Crowther also served as advisor to The Forester, the School’s yearbook. The 1961 and 1962 issues were dedicated to him. He was an avid bowler and bowled with the Tech Faculty League.

Crowther moved to Escanaba after he retired, but he maintained ties with Michigan Tech. In 2010-2011, he was recognized as a member of the President’s Club, an annual giving club, for his contribution to Michigan Tech.

The Masonic Lodge will conduct a memorial service at 1 p.m., today, in Escanaba, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Ahmed Temple Shrine Transportation Fund for children. Expressions of sympathy and online condolences may be directed to the Crowther family at


New Funding – Falkowski

Assistant Professor Michael Falkowski

Assistant Professor Michael Falkowski has several new projects that have recently been funded.

Fuel Consumption and Carbon cycling in northern peatland ecosystems: Understanding vulnerability to burning, fuel consumption, and emissions via remote sensing of fuel moisture and radiative energy.
Program: NASA Terrestrial Ecology
PI: Michael Falkowski
Michigan Tech  CoPIs: Evan Kane, Eugene Levin
MTRI CoPIs: Mary Ellen Miller, Nancy French, and Laura Bourgeau-Chavez|
Collaborating Institutions: Rochester Institute of Technology; University of Idaho; Florida Atlantic University
Amount: ~$650,000

Enhancing Tools and Geospatial Data to Support Operational Forest Management > and Regional Forest Planning in the Face of Climate Change
Program: NASA New Investigator Program in Earth Science
Title: Enhancing Tools and Geospatial Data to Support Operational Forest Management and Regional Forest Planning in the Face of Climate Change
PI: Michael Falkowski
Michigan Tech CoPIs: Linda Nagel; Robert Froese
Collaborating Institutions: US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station; Portland State University; University of Idaho
Amount: ~$350,000

Remote sensing of conifer and mesquite encroachment into lesser prairie-chicken habitats
Agency: Natural Resource Conservation Service
PI: Michael Falkowski
Michigan Tech CoPIs: Joseph Bump
Amount $95,000

Promotion and tenure announced

Congratulations to the following faculty who were recently approved for promotion and tenure by Michigan Tech’s Board of Control :

Andy Burton, promoted to Professor with tenure
Rod Chimner, promoted to Associate Professor with tenure
Oliver Gailing, promoted to Associate Professor with tenure
Audrey Mayer, promoted to Associate Professor with tenure
Chris Webster, promoted to Professor (already tenured)

Two of top 10 Journal of Forestry downloads are from SFRES

Two of the ten most downloaded papers in 2011 at Journal of Forestry were fromthe School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciene:
Woody Invaders and the Challenges They Pose to Forest Ecosystems in the Eastern United States (Vol. 104, No. 7)
Promoting Ecological Sustainability in Woody Biomass Harvesting (Vol. 108, No. 1).

Professor Chris Webster is an author on each paper.

See all 10 downloads at: