Raymond Miller

Adjunct Associate Professor, Forest Biomass Innovation Center

Raymond Miller


Forest Biomass Innovation Center, Escanaba, MI

Phone: (906) 786-1575

Current Position

Director, Forest Biomass Innovation Center
MSU Forest Biomass Innovation Center
6005 J Road Escanaba, MI 49829


PhD, Forestry (1984). Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI: Woody-Biomass Production in Michigan: Species, Genotype, and Cultural Investigations.

MS, Silvics (1978). State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY: The Effect of Artificial Light Duration and Family Variability on Containerized Sugar Maple Seedlings.

BS, Forest Resource Management (1975). State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY

Research Interests

Improving forest plantation establishment and management systems to optimize growth and yield while maintaining positive cost, energy, water, greenhouse gas, and nutrient budgets.

Understanding natural forest regeneration and early development in the presence of stress factors.

Optimizing the woody feedstock supply chain in Michigan in support of the emerging bio-energy industry.

Seeking innovative and integrated ways to advance the bioeconomy of Michigan through the establishment of cooperative relationships among universities, companies, and governmental agencies.

Selected Publications

Nikiema, P., D. Rothstein, and R. Miller (In Review). Initial greenhouse gas emissions and nitrogen leaching losses associated with converting pastureland to short-rotation woody bioenergy crops in northern Michigan, USA. Submitted to Biomass and Bioenergy.

Volk, T.A., et. al. 2011. Yields of willow biomass crops across a range of sites in North America. From the proceedings of Biomass and Energy Crops IV conference. IN: Aspects of Applied Biology 112:67-74.

Miller, R.O. 2011. A Pathway Forward to Sustain Rising Global Demand for Food and Energy Products From a Limited Land Base. AT: 2011 Yangling International Agri-Science Forum. Yangling, China. November 5, 2011.

Miller, R.O. and B.A. Bender. 2011. Spacing Effects on Stand Developoment and Tree Growth of Seven Hybrid Poplar Clones After Four Years in a Replicated Trial in Escanaba, Michigan. IN: Poplars & Willows on the Prairies, Joint Conference of the Poplar Council of Canada, the International Poplar Commission, and the Poplar Council of the United States. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. September 18, 2011.

Miller, R.O. 2011. Woody Biomass Feedstock Development. AT: Biofuels and Bioenergy Short Course. East Lansing, MI. August 22, 2011.

Miller, R.O. 2011. Woody Energy Crop Production Research in Michigan. AT: Chinese Academy of Forestry Institute of Chemical Engineering/Nanjing Forestry University. August 11, 2011.

Miller, R.O. 2011. Woody Biomass Production Systems for the Upper Great Lakes Region of the United States. AT: Internation Conference on Response of Forests and Adaptation Management to Climate Change. Yichun, Heilongjiang, China. August 9, 2011.

Miller, R.O., et. al. 2011. A Forest Feedstock Supply Chain Analysis for the Frontier Renewable Resources Center of Energy Excellence. AT: United States Society of Econolgical Economists 6th Biennial Conference, “Building a Green Economy.” East Lansing, MI, June 27, 2011.

Froese, R., R. Handler, and R.O. Miller. 2011. Forest Biomass Statewide Collaboration Center. AT: 10th Annual Northeast Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula Logger and Timber Industry Conference. Harris, MI, May 9, 2011.

Miller, R.O. Biomass Production Technology and Industry Developments. AT: From Coal to Clean: Poetntial Role of Biomass in Utility Resource Portfolios Conference. East Lansing, MI, December 3, 2010.