Christel Kern has served as a Research Forester and a certified silviculturist for the U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station for 8 years. Prior, she served for 10 years in technical and professional services for forest monitoring and research. Her work includes leading and developing research-management partnerships to address critical knowledge gaps in sustainable forest management for current and anticipated future conditions. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She leads five experimental forests and 80 Research Natural Areas in the northeastern U.S.
Jed Meunier is an ecologist and research scientist within the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry. His work relates to the conservation and sustainable management of natural resources. Jed has expertise in disturbance ecology which translates well into management issues whether that is harvest of wildlife or timber, understanding natural disturbance like fire, or the use of fire to meet particular management objectives. His dissertation research was on fire ecology in northern Mexico investigating spatial and temporal aspects of fire in relation to climate and land-use over several centuries. Jed received his M.S. in the wildlife ecology department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying the effects of hunting on declining American woodcock populations. Jed considers himself lucky to spend his time asking questions and through applied research to assist in the management of Wisconsin’s many treasures.