Pascal Nzokou

Associate Professor, Forest Biomaterials (Wood Science) and Agroforestry

Pascal Nzokou


210A Natural Resources Building

Phone: (517) 432-5664

Nzokou's Lab


  • Ph. D. Forestry, Wood Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2004

  • M.S. Forestry, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, 1999

  • B.S. Forestry, University of Dschang, Dschang, Cameroon, 1994

  • B.S. in Agronomy, University of Dschang, Dschang, Cameroon, 1988

  • Certificate in Integrated Project Planning, Design, Monitoring and Evaluation course, ANUTECH the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 1996

  • Application of the 4Rs Method (Rights, Resources, Responsibility and Revenues) for the participatory management of natural resources. The International Institute For the Environment and Development (IIED), London, UK. 1996.

  • Accelerated Methods of Participatory Research (AMPR); The World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Akonolinga, Cameroon, 1997


Research Interests

My areas of scholarship focus on fundamental and applied research related to forest biomaterials (wood products), and agroecology especially in the context of Agroforestry.

My forest biomaterial interests generally aimed at using modern technologies for wood characterization, and development and testing of value added innovative wood products. 

My Agroforestry interests include understanding of nutrient cycles and dynamics, and physiological responses and interaction in complex systems especially in the context of poverty alleviation and global climate change.

I have experiences in project design monitoring and evaluation, forest management and policy, carbon measurement and global climate change, and ecosystem services. I am also actively involved in sustainable production of biomass for biofuels.

Interested Students and Scholars

Students interested in Ph.D. and M.S. graduate studies in areas related to forest biomaterials are welcome to contact me to inquire about our graduate program. You are also welcomed to contact me if you have a secure funding source for your graduate program.    

Selected Publications

Sogutlu, C.; Nzokou P.. Koc. I.; Tutgun R., Dongel, N. 2016. The Effects of Surface Roughness on Varnish Adhesion Strength of Wood Materials. Jounal of Coatings Technology and Research.

Finley K.; Chhin S.; Nzokou P.; O’Brien J. 2016.  Use of near-infrared spectroscopy as an indicator of emerald ash borer infestation in white ash stem tissue. Forest Ecology and Management 366: 41-52.

Yildiz, D.; Nzokou, P; Deligoz, A.; Koc, I.; Genc, M. 2014.  Chemical and Physiological responses of four Turkish red pine (Pinus brutia Ten.) provenances to cold temperature treatments. European Journal of Forest Research. 133(5):

Nzokou P. Wilson A. R., Lin Y. 2014. Effect of Cover Crop Management on Organic Matter Production and Soil Fertility in an Abies fraseri Plantation. Acta Horticulturae Vol 1018: pages 407-414.

Taylor, Amanda J.; Fernandez, R. Thomas; Nzokou, Pascal; and Cregg, B. 2013. Carbon Isotope Discrimination, Gas Exchange, and Growth of Container-grown Conifers Under Cyclic Irrigation.  HORTSCIENCE 48 (7): 848-854.

Wilson, AR; Nzokou, P; Guney, D; Kulac, S. 2013. Growth response and nitrogen use physiology of Fraser fir (Abies fraseri), red pine (Pinus resinosa), and hybrid poplar under amino acid nutrition. NEW FORESTS 44(2): 281-295. DOI: 10.1007/s11056-012-9317-9..

Nikiema, Paligwende, Nzokou, Pascal, Rothstein, David E. 2012. Effects of groundcover management on soil properties, tree physiology, foliar chemistry and growth in a newly established Fraser fir (Abies fraseri [Pursh] Poir) plantation in Michigan, United States of America. New Forests 43 213-230.

Nikiema, P., P. Nzokou, D.E. Rothstein, M. Ngouajio. 2012. Effects of groundcover management practices on soil microbial biomass community and catabolic diversity in Fraser fir (Abies fraseri) plantation. Biology and Fertility of Soils. DOI 10.1007/s00374-012-0666-5

Nzokou, P., S. Kulac, D. Guney, B.M. Cregg, I. Turna. 2012. Morphological and physiological response of Fraser fir [Abies fraseri (Pursh) Poir.] to drought stress. Submitted to HortScience 47(10): 1-8.

Lin, Y., A. R. Wilson, P. Nzokou. 2011. Effect of combining legume ground covers and low nitrogen fertilization on Abies fraseri productivity, soil fertility and nutrient leaching. HortScience 46(3): 1-6.

Nzokou, P., J. Simons, A. Weatherspoon. 2011. Wood wastes processing and utilization in southeastern Michigan. Arboriculture and Urban Forestry 37(1): 13-18.

Nzokou, P., D.P. Kamdem, A. Temiz. 2011. Effect of accelerated weathering cycles of finished and unfinished ash wood surfaces in comparison with red oak and hard Maple. Progress in Organics Coatings 71: 350-354. Doi:10.1016/j.porgcoat.2011.03.028

Nzokou, P., S. Tourtellot, D.P. Kamdem. 2008. Kiln and microwave heat treatment of logs infested by the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire) (Coleoptera : Buprestidae). Forest Products Journal 58(7-8): 68-72.

Nzokou, P., S. Tourtellot, D.P. Kamdem. 2008. Impact of Pesticides Borate and Imidacloprid on Insect Emergence from Logs Infested by the Emerald Ash Borer. Arboriculture and Urban Forestry 34(3): 173-178.

Nzokou P., S. Pankras, D. P. Kamdem. 2006. Preservative treatment of ash wood from the Emerald Ash Borer eradication program in Michigan. Forest Products Journal 56(10): 69-72.

Nzokou P., T. Petrice, R. A. Haack, D.P. Kamdem. 2006. Treatment of Emerald Ash Borer infested logs from southeastern Michigan. Forest Products Journal 56(5): 78-81.

Nzokou P., D. P. Kamdem 2006. The influence of wood extractives on the photodiscoloration of wood surfaces exposed to artificial weathering. Color Research and Application: 31(4): 425-434.

Nzokou, P., J. Freed, D.P. Kamdem. 2005. Relationship between non-destructive and static modulus of elasticity of commercial wood plastic composites. Holz Als Roh-Und Werskstoff. 64(2): 90-93.

Nzokou, P., D.P. Kamdem. 2005. X-Rays photoelectron spectroscopy study of red oak (Quercus rubra), black cherry (Prunus serotina) and red pine (Pinus resinosa) extracted wood surfaces. Surface and Interface Analysis 37(8): 689-694.