Michael Simmons

Phone: (603) 862-1104
Office: Thompson School of Applied Science, Putnam Hall Rm 115-B, Durham, NH 03824

My teaching goal is to help students develop technical and critical thinking skills that are applicable to a career in sustainable forest management. My teaching areas include forest health, natural resources field methods, geographic information systems, timber harvesting, forest products, and forest management.

I am also a PhD Candidate in Earth and Environmental Science in the UNH NRESS program. My doctoral research investigates the insects, pathogens, and site factors associated with widespread red pine decline throughout New England.


  • M.S., Forestry, University of New Hampshire
  • B.S., Forestry, University of New Hampshire
  • A.A.S., Forest Technology, University of New Hampshire

Courses Taught

  • FORT 465: Forest Orientation Seminar
  • FORT 466: Forest Surveying and Mapping
  • FORT 470: Applied Silviculture
  • FORT 573: Management Operation&Analysis
  • FORT 574: Industrl Forest Managemnt Tour
  • FORT 576: Forest Products and Wood Sci.
  • FORT 577: Forest Harvesting Systems
  • FORT 578: Ecol & Manage Forest Stressors
  • FORT 581: Applied GIS Techniques
  • FORT 592: Studies in Forest Technology
  • FORT 597: Work Experience
  • FORT/NR 527: Forest Ecology
  • NR 415: Nat Res Field Methods
  • NR 527: Forest Ecology
  • TSAS 495: Thompson School:Special Topics

Selected Publications

Simmons, M. J., Lee, T. D., Ducey, M. J., & Dodds, K. J. (2014). Invasion of Winter Moth in New England: Effects of Defoliation and Site Quality on Tree Mortality. FORESTS, 5(10), 2440-2463. doi:10.3390/f5102440

Simmons, M. J., Lee, T. D., Ducey, M. J., Elkinton, J. S., Boettner, G. H., & Dodds, K. J. (2014). Effects of invasive winter moth defoliation on tree radial growth in Eastern Massachusetts, USA. Insects, 5(2), 301-318. doi:10.3390/insects5020301

Most Cited Publications