NE CASC Graduate Fellow Jamie Mosel works to support future forests and the community she lives in. Jamie conducts her research in her home state of Minnesota, working with the Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota and the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) experiment in the Chippewa National Forest. As a Fulbright Fellow, she has learned from forestry research around the world, including work in Japan and later in Australia and Oregon. However she has always valued the woods and community of her home. “I think it’s important to make a difference where you are from,” she says, and the opportunity to support her community with other NE CASC researchers was a perfect fit.
Her research is part of the larger NE CASC project Effects of climate, disturbance, and management on the growth and dynamics of forest ecosystems, working with NE CASC Principle Investigator Anthony D’Amato. Jamie’s research is focused on studying the effects of climate change and drought stress in forests. In her research, she will look at the timing of drought stress, comparing the effectiveness of different management treatment strategies and seeking to discover the best methods to sustain future forests for resource managers. Working with NE CASC PI Anthony D’Amato on this project is a “unique opportunity to be involved in something on the ground,” one that can improve forests vitality in the future of climate change.
Jamie relates, “The way we think about forests in a global context,” and how we interact with the land while balancing the human aspect plays a big role in the future of forest management. In her work, she values the inclusion and acknowledgement of Native Nations in forest management, and her research site in the Chippewa National Forest is the homeland to the Anishinaabe peoples and contains the area of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.
She is grateful her work enables her “be a part of the NECASC community” supporting future forests at home and abroad, and that her research keeps her interacting with the land she values as home.