206     6-15-2021

Silviculture's Secret Sauce

Lowland forests have always been a bit of a mystery to us foresters and silviculturists, at least here in the Lake States.  Disturbance regimes are not well understood, and effective silvicultural systems not well developed.  The swamps and floodplains can also be difficult places to actively manage when access is limited, and timber values are low.  But increasing research and management attention is being paid to these important forests as invasive species, such as Emerald Ash Borer, and the impacts of climate change threaten ecosystem function and productivity.  Today on SilviCast we talk with Marcella Windmuller-Campione, Assistant Professor of Silviculture at the University of Minnesota about her research in the swamps and floodplains of Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Can we find silviculture’s secret sauce to help us restore these complicated forest systems.

Guest: Marcella Windmuller-Campione, Ph.D.


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Show Notes

Adaptive Silviculturefor Climate Change in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, anUrban National Park in the Twin Cities Area, Minnesota by Hammes et. al. 2020

ASCC Crosby Farm

Regenerationresponses in black ash (Fraxinus nigra) wetlands: implications for forestdiversification to address emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) by Windmuller-Campione et al. 2020

Short-and Long-TermResults of Alternative Silviculture in Peatland Black Spruce in Minnesota, USA. by Anderson et al. 2020

Silviculture Library


Guest Bio

Marcella Windmuller-Campione, Ph.D.


Dr. Marcella Windmuller-Campione is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota.  She received her BS and MS in Forestry from Michigan Technological University and a PhD in Ecology from Utah State University.  Marcella's overarching research goals are to explore the underlying dynamics of forests – how forests develop or are impacted by current and future disturbances – and to use that basic science to develop management strategies (silvicultural practices) which allow the sustainable management of forest ecosystems in the face of changing conditions. She also teaches a lecture and a field silviculture class at the U of MN and is the co-director for the first module of the National Advanced Silviculture Program.

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Season 2 of SilviCast is sponsored by the Society of American Foresters.