Curriculum Vitae

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Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Forest Resources, The Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA, 2011 

Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Eric Zenner

Dissertation: The influence of silvicultural management on forest structure


Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Environmental Science, with first class honors, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2008

Supervisor: Prof. David Norton

Thesis: The spatial patterning of Hieracium pilosella L. invaded short tussock grasslands


Bachelor of Forestry Science (B.For.Sc.) with first class honors, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2004 

Supervisor: Prof. David Norton

Honours dissertation: The ecological management planning of native plants on plantation forest estates

Professional Experience

Aug. 2014 – present
Assistant Professor of Silviculture, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences, Michigan Technological University, MI.


Jan. 2012 – July 2014
Temporary Assistant Professor, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, Colorado State University, CO.


Jan. 2004 – Dec. 2007
Forestry Advisor, Indigenous Forestry Unit (IFU), Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, New Zealand (Warranted Forestry Officer under Part IIIA of Forests Act 1949)

Awards

  • Technology Transfer Publication Award (2017) – Awarded by the US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station to Tinkham, W.T., Dickinson, Y., Hoffman, C.M., Battaglia, M.A., Ex, S., Smith, F. and Underhill, J.  (2017) Visualization guide to heterogeneous forest structures following treatment in the southern Rocky Mountains. RMRS General Technical Report 365, US Forest Service
  • Graham Whyte Forestry Prize (2009) - Awarded annually to the top postgraduate student in the New Zealand School of Forestry at the University of Canterbury
  • Todd Foundation for Excellence Award (2007) - Jointly awarded by the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee and the Todd Foundation for Excellence
  • Pukehou Pouto Scholarship (2007) - Awarded by the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee
  • Sadie Balkind Award (2007) - Awarded by the Canterbury Branch of the New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women
  • Laura J Clad Memorial Scholarship (2007) - Awarded by the University of Canterbury (Award declined due to conditions of acceptance)
  • New Zealand Institute of Forestry (NZIF) Undergraduate Scholarship (2003) - Awarded to an undergraduate student at a New Zealand University studying in a forestry related field
  • M.R. Jacobs Prize for Silviculture (2002) - Awarded annually to the top student in silviculture at each forestry school within Australia and the New Zealand School of Forestry
  • Kitchener Memorial Scholarship (2000) - Awarded by the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee

Teaching Experience

2014 – present

Assistant Professor of Silviculture, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences, Michigan Technological University, MI.


Taught and co-taught the following courses:

FW3010 Practice of Silviculture* (4 cr.)

FW3012 Survey of Silviculture* (2 cr.)

FW4500 Silviculture in practice (2 cr.)

FW4810 Integrated Resource Assessment (2 cr.)

FW4811 Integrated Resource Data Collection (1 cr.)

FW4830 Integrated Resource Assessment (3 cr.)

FW4840 Senior Research Thesis (4 cr.)

FW5000 Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series (1 cr.)

FW5130 Forest Vegetation Dynamics (3 cr.)

FW5510 Special Topics in Natural Resources (var. cr.)

FW5999 Forest Resources & Environmental Science MS Research (variable cr.)

FW6980 Graduate Teaching (1 cr.)

FW6999 Forest Resources & Environmental Science Doctoral Research (variable cr.)

*Course includes graduate students enrolled in FW5700 Graduate Field Forestry, and FW5701 Graduate Field Ecology 


4.4 out of 5 cumulative average of 7-dimensions of teaching, and 4.4 out of 5 cumulative average for overall teacher excellence from student ratings of instruction (5 = strongly agree, 1 = strongly disagree).  The 7-dimensions of teaching is an amalgamated indicator of quality teaching, comprising instructor enthusiasm, communication, encouragement of participation and student engagement, timely feedback, technology use, and overall teaching excellence.


Principal advisor for 4 Ph.D. students, 4 M.S. students, and 1 undergraduate senior thesis.  Member of 4 M.S. committees, 12 M.F. committees, 2 M.G.I.S. committees, and 3 Ph.D. committees.  Mentored 7 first-year undergraduate and M.F. students through the Earn and Learn Program (research experience for undergraduate and non-thesis graduate students), 11 students who worked as technicians in my research group, and 2 undergraduates who undertook independent research projects without credit.


2012 – 2014  

Temporary Assistant Professor, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, Colorado State University, CO.


Instructor of record for F326 Silviculture, NR325 Forest Vegetation Management, and F421 Forest Stand Management. Principal advisor for 1 M.S. Student (Jeffery Cadry). Member of 2 Ph.D. advisory committees and 1 M.S. committee.


2008 – 2011  

Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Forest Resources, The Pennsylvania State University, PA.


Teaching assistant for FOR200W Professional Careers in Forest Resources, FOR350 Biometry, FOR421 Silviculture, and FOR410 Ecosystem Management.


2007 – 2008  

Graduate Instructor and Laboratory Demonstrator, School of Forestry, University of Canterbury, New Zealand


Instructor for ENGR101 Foundations of Engineering, and laboratory demonstrator for FORE218 Forest Biology, and BIOL113 Diversity of Life.

Recent Service and Outreach

Service to Profession

2018 – present Member of Northern Hardwoods Conference 2020 Technical Committee

2014 – present Reviewed manuscripts for the following journals: Basic and Applied Ecology, Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, Forest Science, Journal of Forestry, Journal of Mountain Science, Remote Sensing, Forest Ecology and Management, Forest Ecosystems, Plant Ecology, New Forests, Forestry, Forests, Restoration Ecology, Canadian Journal of Forest Research, PLOSOne

2018  Hosted International Forestry Students Association - Canadian American Regional Meeting field tour of NH-SEED, 6 Feb., Ford Forest, MI. 

2018  External Examiner for United States Forest Service Silviculturist Certification

2017  Co-organizer of special session for North American Forest Ecology Workshop; Seeing the forest through the understory: promoting and maintaining diversity in contemporary hardwood forests

2015 – 2016  Co-organizer of 2016 Society of American Foresters Silviculture Instructors’ Tour workshop

2015   External Examiner for United States Forest Service Silviculturist Certification


University Service

2018 – present Member of Ezhi-wiidanokiindiyang omaa akiing ebiitamang: Environmental Stewardship and Indigeneity Learning Group, and coordinator of spring 2019 reading collaborative.

2017 – present Faculty Advisor for Women in Natural Resources student organization

2014 – present Member of Ford Center and Forest Committee

2014 – present Hosted visiting guest speakers invited to the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, including: Dr. Christel Kern (US Forest Service), Prof. Jerry Franklin (University of Washington), James McFarland (US Forest Service), Debbie Begalle (MI DNR), Dr. Patricia Raymond (Ministerè des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs, Quebec) 

2014 – present Member of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) faculty group

2019  Presentation for visit by two US Representatives to Michigan Tech

2019  Judge for Ecosystem Science Center Student Research Forum Poster Competition

2019  Member of Natural Resource Management Lecturer search committee

2019  Member of School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science Earn and Learn program committee

2018  Reviewer for Research Excellence Fund - Research Seed Grants (REF-RS) 

2016 – 2018  School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science Diversity Liaison (alternate), including: co-facilitating diversity lunch, and co-authoring follow-up report, and co-presenting school seminar

2017  Received letter from Director of Center for Diversity and Inclusion recognising my nomination as a positive female role model on campus during an anonymous survey of female students, staff and faculty,

2017  Participated in US Senator visit to Michigan Tech

2017  Judge for Graduate Student Association Graduate Research Colloquium Poster Competition 

2015  Judge for Ecosystem Science Center Student Research Forum Poster Competition 

2015  Member of Vegetation of North America Instructor search committee

2015  Member of Forest Biomaterials faculty search committee

2015  School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science School council representative for untenured faculty

2015  Reviewer for Research Excellence Fund - Research Seed Grants (REF-RS) 

2014  Member of Natural Resource Management faculty search committee

2014  Chair of Martin Jurgensen Teaching Development Award Endowment Fund Committee


Outreach

2019  Hosted Michigan Tech’s Natural Resource & Engineering Exploration program, July 21-27, Tech Trails, MI. 

2018  Co-host of two Forest Landowner Workshops, Oct. 13 & 20, Ford Forest, MI.

2017  Presentation for congressional visit hosted by US Forest Service, Aug. 3, Munising, MI.

2017  Hosted Milwaukee’s Indian Community School and Waadookodading Ojibwe Language Immersion School 6-8thGraders field tour of NH-SEED, May 31, Ford Forest, MI.

2017  Hosted Open World Program field tour of NH-SEED, May 23, Ford Forest, MI.

Last revised: 24 September 2019