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James CookJames Cook, Ph.D.


Contact Information
Phone: (715) 346-2269
Fax: (715) 346-3624
Office: TNR 242


James Cook is a Professor in the Forestry Discipline at the College of Natural Resources (CNR), University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP). In addition to advising Forest Management students for more than 15 years, Dr. Cook instructs courses in Ecology, Fire Management, and Silviculture. As part of his contribution to the College, he also serves as the advisor to the UWSP Fire Crew.

Though raised in Texas and educated in the South, Southwest, and Appalachian Region of the U.S., Professor Cook's experiences and interests also range internationally. He has served as the Wisconsin Coordinator for the Farmer-to-Farmer Program of Wisconsin-Nicaragua Partners and is a member of the Stevens Point-Esteli Partners Committee. Dr. Cook conducted a fact-finding mission for the College in Managua and Esteli, Nicaragua and three times served as Volunteer Consultant with the Farmer-to-Farmer Program. Twice he co-lead an 18-day Tropical Ecology course in Costa Rica and twice co-lead a 5-week Environmental Studies Program in Germany and Poland. Furthermore, Professor Cook and his family serve as hosts to "Partners" participants from Nicaragua and to foreign students attending the University. Besides taking personal trips to Brazil and Mexico, Dr. Cook can speak Spanish and a little Portuguese and

Professor Cook's research interests include disturbance, succession, regeneration ecology, and diversity. Currently, he supervises two research projects: Evaluation of Prescribed Fire Effects on Old Growth White Pine Forests and Development of a Successional Riparian Model to Aid in Forecasting Woody Structure in the Littoral Zone. 


  • Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA. 1988
    Areas of Specialty: Plant Ecology, Silviculture
  • M.S.F., North Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ. 1985
    Area of Specialty: Plant Ecology
  • B.S.F., Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX. 1977
    Forest Management major with option in Wildlife Management 

Career Highlights

  • Professor of Forestry, College of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, WI. August 1999 - present. Faculty member since 1988.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA. 1986 - 1988; Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ. 1984 - 1985.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ. 1983 - 1984.
  • Landowner Assistant Forester, Texas Forest Service, Henderson, TX. 1980 - 1982.

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Conservation Biologists, 1997 to present
  • Ecological Society of America, 1986 to present
  • Coordinator for Farmer-to-Farmer Program, USAID funded project administered by the Wisconsin-Nicaragua Partners, March 1996 to December 2001.
  • Chairperson, Steering Committee for the first North American Forest Ecology Workshop, April 1996 to June 1997; under auspices of Forest Ecology Working Group of the Society of American Foresters (SAF)
  • Judge for 3-4 graduate students' presentations (eight times since 1988 at the Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America
  • Peer Reviewer for Ecology, Natural Areas Journal, Forest Science, and Wisconsin Academy

Courses Taught

  • Natural Resources 151 (lab): Ecological Basis for Resource Management
  • Natural Resources 791: Introduction to Research
  • Forestry 224: Fire Operations (administrative involvement)
  • Forestry 332: Forest Ecosystem Ecology
  • Forestry 324: Fire Management & Ecology
  • Forestry 327: Forest Protection (team taught with Professor Hans Schabel)
  • Forestry 433: Regional Silviculture (team taught with Professor Clive David)
  • Forestry 732: Advanced Ecology/Silviculture (team taught with Professor Clive David


Refereed Publications/Articles

Sweeney, Beth A. and James E. Cook. 2000. A landscape-level assessment of understory diversity in upland forests of north-central Wisconsin. Landscape Ecology. 16: 55-69.

Cook, James E. 2000. A comparison of disturbance history of two natural areas in Wisconsin with implications for management. Natural Areas Journal 20(1): 24-35.

Bakken, Peter N. and James E. Cook. 1998. Regeneration potential of six habitat types common to north-central Wisconsin. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry. 15: 116-123.

Cook, J. E., T. L. Sharik, and D. Wm. Smith. 1998. Oak regeneration in the Southern Appalachians -- Potential problems and possible solutions. Southern Journal of Applied Forestry 22(1): 11-18.

Cook, J. E. 1996. Implications of modern successional theory for habitat typing: A review. Forest Science 42(1): 67-75.

White, A. S., J. E. Cook, and J. M. Vose. 1991. Effects of fire and stand structure on grass phenology in a ponderosa pine forest. American Midland Naturalist 126: 269-278.

Invited Presentations for Professional Audiences

"Influence of Age Class and Site Quality on Regeneration and Survival Rates of Natural Oak Seedlings", Fifth Workshop on Oak Seedling Physiology and Planting Problems; Ames, Iowa; March 4-5, 1992.

"Baseline Data Inventory Report for Three Natural Areas", Natural Areas Preservation Council; Eagle, Wisconsin; June 6, 1990.

"Competition and Degree of Integration in One- to Eight-Year-Old Scarlet and Chestnut Oak Sprout Clumps", Fourth Workshop on Oak Seedling Physiology and Planting Problems; Columbus, Ohio. March 1-2, 1989.

Funded Proposals

"The Effect of Stand Size and Stand Composition on Oak Regeneration and Success". 7/1/89 - 6/30/90. Funding source: University Personnel Development Committee (UPDC), University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. $1,899.

"Disturbance History of Two Natural Areas in Wisconsin". 7/1/91 - 6/30/92. Funding source: UPDC, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. $1,385.

"Production, Regeneration Potential, and Competition Among Six Habitat Types in Northern Wisconsin". 10/10/91 - 9/30/94. Co-PI with Tom Gower, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Funding source: USDA, McIntire-Stennis Research Program. $103,207.

"Determining the Effects of Deer Density on Understory Richness in Northern Wisconsin". Summer 1995. Funding source: UPDC, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. $2,605. "Role of Reproductive Ecology in Secondary Succession at Mount St. Helens". April 1999. Funding source: UPDC, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. $2293.

"Disturbance, Structure, and Regeneration Patterns in Yellow River Floodplain Forests". 2000-2001. Funding source: US Fish and Wildlife Service. $23,272.

"Evaluation of Three Alternative Fuel Management Treatments for Eastern White Pine". 2001-2003. Federal cooperative is BIA; landowner cooperator is Menominee Indian Tribe. Funding source: Joint Fire Science Program. $141,239.

"Development of Dynamic Riparian Forest Management Model Forecasting Future Riparian Forest Stand Characteristics that Provide Sustainable Littoral Zone Wood Habits". 2003. Co-PI with Michael Bozek. Funding source: USDA, McIntire-Stennis Research Program. $26,159.

Contract Work

"Wildlife Emission Study, Great Lakes Region". 2002. Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium. $32,862.

"Ecology and Silviculture of Oak Forests in Central and Northern Nicaragua". Jan. 1998 to June 2000. Two, 2-day short course for technicians and foresters. POSAF (Program for Sustainable Development of Forests and the Environment), a non-governmental organization. Managua, Nicaragua. Volunteered Services.

"Red Maple Taper Tables and Volume Equation for the Lake States". 1992 to 1993. US Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station. Research Cooperative Agreement 23-92-40. $3000.

"Forest Ecology". Jan. 20, 1993. Lecture as part of Ecosystem Management Training for US Forest Service Personnel. Green Bay, WI. $200.

"Baseline Data Acquisition on State Natural Areas". 6/28/89 - 6/15/90. With C. Lanphear-Cook and R. Freckmann. Bureau of Endangered Resources, Department of Natural Resources. Madison, WI. $2,880.


Interests: Latin America and Non-English language studies (Spanish, German, Portuguese

Hobbies: Hiking, traveling, botanizing.

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