Formally established in 1902, the MSU Department of Forestry is the oldest continuing forestry program in the United States. The Forestry major combines elements of ecology, biology, environmental science, public policy, and economics to address a variety of environmental and social issues - from combating global climate change and invasive species to providing forest products and wildlife habitats.


  • POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Research Associate

    The Department of Forestry at Michigan State University, in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, is seeking a highly motivated research associate (post-doctoral researcher) for a project investigating soil heating processes and the effects of soil heating on soil carbon, nutrients, seedbanks and hardwood regeneration.

    For more information and to apply for this position, please refer to the official position posting at and search for Posting #1796.

  • Spartan Pure maple syrup from MSU

    Michigan State University is tapping into the expertise of researchers through the development of Spartan Pure Maple Syrup.

    The MSU Department of Forestry used roughly 2,000 sugar maple trees covering 70 acres at the Fred Russ Forest in Decatur, Mich. to create a product that’s available to the public. Ten additional acres have remained untapped so researchers can compare growth with that of tapped trees.


  • MSU research associate receives postdoctoral fellowship

    Michigan State University (MSU) research associate Nina Lany was named a 2015 Arnold O. Beckman postdoctoral fellow by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. She is the sole recipient at MSU.

    Lany’s work in the MSU departments of Fisheries and Wildlife and Forestry centers on climate change. The grant will fund her research, titled “Improving Predictions of Climate Change Effects on Ecological Communities with Ecological Complexity.”


  • Three CANR graduate students awarded National Science Foundation fellowships

    Three graduate students from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University have been awarded prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate research fellowships.


  • Scholarship recognizes MSU forestry professor’s work

    When Maureen McDonough, professor in the Department of Forestry, retires this month, she will have spent nearly 35 years in an industry that’s seen incredible changes. And a scholarship in her name will help ensure that future MSU forestry students have the opportunity to witness the same types of changes. 

    “When I started in forestry, it was very old school, and that’s changed dramatically,” McDonough said. McDonough has studied urban and community forestry and the human dimensions affecting those forests.


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Undergraduate Student Spotlight


Name: Anna Boruszewski
Okemos, Michigan
Why Forestry:
I wanted a degree that could get me outside, but also had jobs available.  I looked through all the degrees that MSU had to offer and felt that Forestry matched those two criteria beautifully… Read More


Graduate Student Spotlight

Kileigh Browning

Name: Kileigh Browning
Hometown: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Degree: Ph.D. in Forestry/ Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Behavior
Why forestry: Hiking and camping in the Appalachian Mountains with my family while growing up instilled my passion for the outdoors…Read More