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C. Kern

Christel C. Kern

Research Forester
Center for Research on Ecosystem Change
5985 Highway K
Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501-9128
Phone: 715-362-1123

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Current Research

  • Plant community and tree regeneration under variable retention harvests in red pine
  • Long-term effects of prescribed fire on soils, fuels, vegetaton, and productivity of red pine forests
  • Global study of forest influence on plant and beetle communities in harvest areas
  • Using Fire, harvest, and mechical treatments to restore barrens, savannahs, woodlands, and forests of northern dry pine forests
  • Cutting Methods in old and second-growth northern hardwoods
  • Role of group or harvest gap size on tree regeneration and plant communities
  • Role of microtopography in northern hardwood tree growth, regeneration, and diversity
  • Seedbank potential for restoration and adaptation of forest ecosystems

Research Interests

  • Short and long term influence of conventional and ecological forestry approaches on forest structure and composition
  • Functional diversity of understory plant communities response to silvicultural treatments
  • Adaptive silviculture for changing conditions

Why This Research is Important

Long term perspectives on a variety of approaches to forest management are exceptionally important as environmental conditions and societal values continue to change. My work focuses on ecological underpinnings of plant community dynamics in managed forests both at present and retrospectively over past decades. Analysis of past work provides a rare insight into long term trends and responses that cannot be detected in a short term study or even during one's career! In light of this, I have the fortunate opportunity to study decades of silvicultural research from earlier scientists to evaluate impacts on complex issues such as forest sustainability and ecosystem integrity. These research results will provide information and tools to adapt silvicultural systems to the changing needs of the future.


  • University of Minnesota, Ph.D. Natural Resource Science and Management, 2011
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, M.S. Natural Resources, 2000
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, B.S. Biology, 1997

Professional Organizations

  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft Naturgemäße Waldwirtschaft, Honorary Member (2014 - Current)
  • Ecological Society of America, Member (2014 - Current)
  • Prosilva, Germany (2014 - Current)
  • Certified Silviculturist, Usda Fs Eastern Region (2006 - Current)
  • Society of American Foresters, Member (2001 - Current)

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Last updated on : 06-Oct-2016