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Paul Doruska


Paul Doruska is a professor of forest measurements. He has taught or currently teaches a host of undergraduate and graduate courses in forest measurements, natural resource data analysis, forest management and finance, forest products, natural resources communication, experimental design, and chainsaw safety. Paul has been involved with international programs and study abroad as he has led the CNR European Environmental Field Experience course and the Natural Resources, Culture, and Archeology of the Maya World Winterim course. Paul takes great pride in serving as the faculty advisor to the championships winning UW-Stevens Point Woodland Sports team. 

Paul maintains an active interest in research and professional service. His current research, with the assistance of a graduate student, is focused on developing a forest management activity cost guide for woodlot owners. His past research has focused on stand density index-based management, weight scaling of timber, and developing equations to allow foresters to inventory timber by weight. Paul has mentored 18 students on projects in conjunction with the annual CNR Undergraduate Research Symposium.  

With respect to professional service, Paul currently serves as the education representative on the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association Board of Directors. Most of his past service efforts were with the Society of American Foresters. At the national level, he served as a member of the National Educational Policy and Review Committee and is a past chair of the National Committee on Accreditation. He also has served as the North/Northeastern Regional Science Representative to the Forest Science & Technology Board, and as an associate editor for the Journal of Forestry. At the more local level, Paul was the Foresters’ Fund Chair for the Wisconsin State Society. 

Experience and Interests

Teaching Experience

  • ASSOCIATE/FULL PROFESSOR – University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. 2006 – present.
  • ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS – College of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. 2012 to 2016.
  • ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR – University of Arkansas-Monticello. 1998-2006.

Professional Experience

  • FOREST ANALYST – Boise Cascade Corporation, DeRidder, LA. 1995–1997.



  • Faculty advisor to Xi Sigma Pi – the Natural Resource Management National Honor Society


  • Host family, Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Baseball Club
  • Member of Delton Sportsmen’s Club
  • Annual Participant, Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw  

Professional Memberships

  • Education Representative, Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association
  • Certified Forester, Society of American Foresters

Select Research and Publications

Book Chapters and Series Publications:

  • Doruska, P.F. 2011. Hypothesis Testing. Society of American Foresters Forest Science and Technology Board Series on Statistics and Science. Topic No. 10. 9p.
  • Doruska, P.F. 2010. Confidence intervals: the average is just along for the ride. Society of American Foresters Forest Science and Technology Board Series on Statistics and Science. Topic No. 8. 12p.
  • Doruska, P.F. 2009. The hazards of examining just the average. Society of American Foresters Forest Science and Technology Board Series on Statistics and Science. Topic No. 7. 11p.
  • DuPlissis, J G., C.R. Blinn, B Cook, P. Doruska, and M.J. Baughman. 2009. Conducting a woodland inventory. Pages 9-24 in Baughman M.J., and K. Potter-Witter eds. Woodland Stewardship: A Practical Guide for Midwestern Landowners, 2nd edition. University of Minnesota Extension. 220p. 

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Doruska, P.F., D.W. Patterson, M.B. Hurd, and J.I. Hartley, 2013. Individual tree, merchantable stem, green weight and volume equations for four bottomland hardwood oak species in southeast Arkansas. P 28-34 In Proceedings of the 18th Central Hardwoods Conference. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-117, Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 
  • Patterson, D.W., P.F. Doruska, J.I. Hartley, and M.B. Hurd. 2011. Bulk density (scaling factor) of 14 hardwood species in Arkansas. Forest Products Journal 61(3):225-228.
  • Doruska, P.F., D. Patterson, J. Hartley, M. Hurd, and T. Hart. 2009. Newer technologies and bioenergy bring focus back to bark factor equations. Journal of Forestry 107(1):38-43.
  • Patterson, D.W., P.F. Doruska, J. Hartley, and M. Hurd 2007. Validating the Patterson and Doruska equation for estimating the volume of hardwood butt logs. Forest Products Journal 57 (1/2): 67-70.
  • Ficklin, R.L., S.R. Mehmood and P.F. Doruska. 2007. Integrating science into public policy: challenges and opportunities for improved forest carbon accounting. Journal of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences 1(1). Available at (verified 26 Jan 2010)

Non-refereed Publications

  • Patterson, D.W. and P.F. Doruska. 2008. Landowner’s guide to determining weight of standing hardwood trees. University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service Fact Sheet FSA 5021. 4p.
  • Doruska, P.F. 2007. Commentary: Second annual science fund photo contest raises funds and awareness. Journal of Forestry 105(8):385.
  • Patterson, D.W., P.F. Doruska. 2007. Landowner’s guide to determining weight and value of standing pine trees. University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service Fact Sheet FSA5017. 4p.
  • Smith, J. and P.Doruska. 2007. Pulpcut course provides needed skills, funds student travel. The Forestry Source 12(11):8.
  • Patterson, D.W., J.I. Hartley, and P.F. Doruska. (2006) Board foot loss inherent in scaling double length logs. University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service Fact Sheet.

Fun Facts

Last book you read?

Zamboni Rodeo

Best advice you ever received?

When you have the chance to do or experience something – take the chance or be sure to experience it right then and there.  Even as much as you think it might that chance or experience may never happen again.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A Meteorologist

One thing about our College that you are most proud of?

The Forestry Department is a big family full of great folks – students, staff, and faculty alike. We are all here for each other – no doubt about it.

A piece of advice for students in your school?

One truly needs to build a network of contacts for long-term success in forestry and all of natural resources for that matter.  Be sure to get to know your fellow students and your faculty. Get to know the working professionals who speak in your classes or at your student group meetings – guaranteed you will be crossing paths again and most likely working together at some point down the road. Already knowing each other gets those future encounters off to great starts and leads to great results.

I enjoy helping students set their educational and professional goals and I do all I can to make sure they achieve them.

Paul Doruska
Paul Doruska
Professor of Forestry
College of Natural Resources

239 Trainer Natural Resources


Ph.D. Forestry and Forest Products
Virginia Tech

M.S. Forestry and Forest Products
Virginia Tech

B.S. Forestry
Michigan Tech