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The Art of Silviculture

Season 4 | Episode 11 | Dec. 12, 2023

The official Society of American Foresters definition of silviculture describes it as both an art and a science. Are foresters both artists and scientists? What role does creativity play when developing a silvicultural prescription or setting up a timber sale? In forestry school we learn the foundational sciences of silvics, forest ecology, soils, wildlife, and water. And through experience and time spent in the forest we learn how to best apply that science to particular stands and site conditions. Join us on this season 4 finale of SilviCast as we talk with Dr. Marcella Windmuller-Campione, associate professor of silviculture at the University of Minnesota, about keeping the creativity in silviculture and the importance of being a life-long learner.​​ ​




Marcella Windmuller-Campione

Associate Professor of Silviculture, Forest Resources, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota​

As a silviculturist, Dr. Marcella Windmuller-Campione’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. Specifically, Marcella strives to create knowledge that can be applied by foresters and natural resource managers locally, regionally, nationally, and globally to increase forest resilience to current and future threats while maintaining ecological and economic ecosystem services.

Dr. Windmuller-Campione’s research focuses on three primary areas of scientific exploration:

  1. Quantifying the influence of anthropogenic and natural disturbances on stand development and stand dynamics in managed and natural systems.​​
  2. Developing alternative forest management strategies and techniques in forest systems that increase adaptation and mitigation potential to a changing climate.
  3. Assessing how ecosystem services, societal values, and forest policy influence forest management decisions.​ 

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