Title: Research Forester
Unit: Center for Research on Ecosystem Change
1831 Hwy 169E
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
E-mail: Contact Christel Kern
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- Ph.D. in Natural Resource Science and Management at University of Minnesota, 2011
- M.S. in Natural Resources at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 2000
- B.S. in Biology at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 1997
- Certified Forest Service Silviculturist, Region 9, since 2006, last certified in 2010
Civic & Professional Affiliations
- Society of American Foresters
- Ecological Society of America
- Plant community response to harvest-created canopy gaps and aggregate leave patches
- In relation to diversity, function, and stability of managed forests
- Long term (50+ years) effects of management on overstory tree composition, structure, growth, and regeneration
- In relation to sustainability and resilience of managed forests
Why is This Important
My work focuses on managed forests both at present and retrospectively over past decades. Analysis of past work provides a rare insight into long term 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 management approaches in light of complex issues such as forest sustainability. Moreover, I have been studying ground-layer plant communities, a species-rich vegetation layer, of forests. Besides diversity and species analysis, I study common characteristics ("traits") among all species that can be used as surrogates of community function among management approaches. These research results will provide information and tools to adapt silvicultural systems to the changing needs of the future.
- Managing northern latitude oak into the future - enhanced growing conditions for local species and migration of new species into northern forests
- In relation to the maintenance of forest goods and services - timber yield, wildlife habitat, and plant diversity
- Kern, Christel C.; Montgomery, Rebecca A.; Reich, Peter B.; Strong, Terry F. 2013. Canopy gap size influences niche partitioning of the ground-layer plant community in a northern temperate forest. Journal of plant Ecology. 6(1): 101-112.
- Kern, Cristel C.; Reich, Peter B.; Montgomery, Rebecca A.; Strong, Terry F. 2012. Do deer and shrubs override canopy gap size effects on growth and survival of yellow birch, northern red oak, eastern white pine, and eastern hemlock seedlings?. Forest Ecology and Management. 267: 134-143.
- D'Amato, Anthony W.; Palik, Brian J.; Kern, Christel C. 2010. Growth, yield, and structure of extended rotation Pinus resinosa stands in Minnesota, USA. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 40: 1000-1010.
- Kern, Cristel C.; Palik, Brian J.; Strong, Terry F. 2006. Ground-layer plant community responses to even-age and uneven-age silvicultural treatments in Wisconsin northern hardwood forests. Forest Ecology and Management. 230: 162-170.
- Lugo, Ariel D.; Swanson, Frederick J.; Gonzalez, Olga Ramos; Adams, Mary Beth; Palik, Brian; Thill, Ronald E.; Brockway, Dale G.; Kern, Christel; Woodsmith, Richard; Musselman, Robert. 2006. Long-term research at the USDA Forest Service's experimental forests and ranges.. BioScience. 56(1): 39-48
- Palik, Brian J.; Batzer, Darold P.; Kern, Christel. 2005. Upland Forest Linkages to Seasonal Wetlands: Litter Flux, Processing, and Food Quality. Ecosystems 8:1-11
- Palik, Brian J.; Kern, Christel C.; Mitchell, Robert; Pecot, Stephen. 2005. Using spatially variable overstory retention to restore structural and compositional complexity in pine ecosystems. In: Peterson, Charles E.; Maguire, Douglas A., eds. Balancing Ecosystem Values: Innovative Experiments for sustainable Forestry: Proceedings of a Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-635.Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 285-290
- Coleman, Mark D.; Friend, Alexander L.; Kern, Christel C. 2004. Carbon allocation and nitrogen acquisition in a developing Populus deltoides plantation. Tree Physiology 24:1347-1357
- Kern, Christel C.; Friend, Alexander L.; Johnson, Jane M.; Coleman, Mark D. 2004. Fine root dynamics in a developing Populus deltoides plantation. Tree Physiology. Volume 24, 2004. pp. 651-660.
- Harrington, Constance A.; Kern, Christel C. 2002. Will Garry oak respond to release from overtopping conifers. In: Burton, Philip J. ed., Proceedings: Garry oak ecosystem restoration: Progress and prognosis. Proceedings of the third annual meeting of the British Columbia Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration; 2002 April 27-28; Victoria, BC. Victoria BC: University of Victoria: 39-46.