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Silviculture’s Secret Sauce

Season 2 | Episode 6 | June 15, 2021

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.




Dr. Marcella Windmuller-Campione

Assistant Professor, Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota

Dr. Marcella Windmuller-Campione is an assistant professor in the Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota.  She received her B.S. and M.S. in forestry from Michigan Technological University and a Ph.D. in ecology from Utah State University. Marcella’s 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) that 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 M and is the co-director for the first module of the National Advanced Silviculture Program.

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